The University of Maryland, Baltimore Department of Epidemiology is now hiring multiple Epidemiologists to provide epidemiologic and programmatic support for surveillance and special projects of various communicable diseases of interest to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau and potentially other bureaus within MDH. Responsibilities will include conducting surveillance and outbreak investigations for COVID-19 and other infections of public health importance; managing, refining and analyzing surveillance data including both epidemiologic and laboratory data; developing special projects based on the surveillance or outbreak activities; writing scientific and other reports; and communicating program information to local, state and federal stakeholders.
Program activities will be conducted in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other state health departments and public health laboratories, and other federal, state and local partners. These program activities will complement the surveillance and outbreak investigation functions of the MDH Prevention and Health Promotion Administration's Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau, whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of communicable diseases in Maryland.
UMB offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to eligible employees. These contractual positions offer a generous leave package of 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 8 holidays, and 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development opportunities; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
Surveillance and Data Management Activities: Support COVID-19 and other infectious disease surveillance processing and quality assurance activities; assist with infectious disease case investigations including reviewing and summarizing information from medical and other records; enter data and ensure that all required data fields are complete for all cases of these illnesses identified within the surveillance area; help transmit data to CDC and the Maryland Health Information Exchange on a regular basis; review exception reports and correct electronic data accordingly; and participate in surveillance conference calls and program meetings
Outbreak investigations: Support and conduct COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreak investigations, including entering and managing outbreak-related data
Quality Assurance Activities: Assist in the review of laboratory reports and outbreak investigation data to ensure complete and accurate data; help conduct laboratory or other surveys; follow up with relevant laboratories or local health departments to obtain missing laboratory data, and to help ensure important surveillance or outbreak clinical specimens are submitted to the MDH public health laboratory when indicated
Surveillance and Outbreak Special Project Protocols: In collaboration with the MDH, CDC and other partners, participate in the development/revision of surveillance criteria; assist in the development of special project protocols; and develop plans for implementing these protocols in Maryland; assist with implementation of various special projects, including: case and control recruitment according to project protocol; collect project data through patient interviews, medical record reviews, surveys, sample collection, or other means according to project protocol; coordinate with MDH laboratory personnel; enter and clean data; and transmit data to CDC and other partners in a timely manner.
Analysis and Presentation of Data: Conduct basic analysis of surveillance, outbreak and special projects data using statistical software such as SAS or STATA: and assist with the development of oral and written summaries and data visualizations for a variety of internal and external audiences.
Programmatic Reports: Assist in the development, distribution, and follow-up of monthly data and programmatic quality assurance reports.
Participate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau (IDEORB) Activities: Participate in IDEORB meetings and response activities, including the on-call system, and assist with other lDEORB projects as needed.
Participate in Educational Activities: Attend continuing education programs, seminars and meetings as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Education: Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Health Science, or related discipline.
Experience: Coursework in infectious diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of SAS, Stata, R and other statistical software, preferred
Ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas both verbally and in writing to a lay audience and an audience of healthcare professionals; writing samples may be requested.
Ability to work independently
Background coursework in microbiology and knowledge of medical terminology preferred
Knowledge of computer software, statistical software
Knowledge of epidemiological research, methodology, epidemiologic data collection procedures, and epidemiologic study and analysis design
Ability to manage projects or tasks within a project that involves a multi-discipline team
Ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas both verbally and in writing appropriate to the audience—with scientific jargon for other researchers and in an accessible manner for non-scientists; writing samples may be requested
Ability to work independently
Knowledge of microbiology, and medical terminology preferred
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.