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COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Population Survey Epidemiologist


Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $71,500 - $75,500 

This Position Has A 5,000 Sign On Bonus

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

This Position Has A 5,000 Sign On Bonus

A Career in Public Service Awaits You. Come Join our Prevention Services Team!

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

Why work for ADHS? A great benefit of working for the State of Arizona is a fantastic work/life balance. State employees enjoy challenging work, popular remote options, comprehensive health and wellness benefits, and career growth opportunities.

What You'll Do:

As the Population Survey Epidemiologist, you'll serve as an intermediate-level professional epidemiologist responsible for implementing a complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiological activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases and injuries.

You'll work independently or as an experienced team or project member, providing epidemiological expertise for the programs within the Population Survey Team or more complex individual epidemiological analyses under the direction of the Epidemiology Program Manager/Team Lead.

You will provide epidemiological expertise in analyzing complex survey data specific to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), among others.

Experience using SAS Macro Programming and SQL procedures highly valuable.

This level of epidemiological work includes:
-- Designing the sampling frame and preparing datasets for public and private use
-- Corresponding with federal and state partners on data preparation, analysis, and dissemination
-- Conducting data quality assurance activities to ensure that data sets contain data of the highest quality
-- Respond to internal and external data requests for population survey data
-- Establish mechanisms for automation of data systems, including the development of dashboards and other data visualization tools
-- Developing and designing methods of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data requires general, and in some cases specific, understanding of program processes and methods for prevention, intervention, and control of public health problems;
-- Conducting epidemiologic studies and outbreak investigations used in preventing and controlling specific communicable and chronic diseases, injuries, and other health conditions;
-- Implementing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods for public health practice;
-- Performing statistical analyses related to complex analytical investigations involving highly specialized scientific data;
-- Applying findings to direct public health programs and recommend interventions and/or control measures;
-- Interpreting and recommending evidence-based interventions and/or control measures in response to epidemiologic findings;
-- Identifying and evaluating a wide range of health conditions within an assigned program;
-- Conducting literature reviews for program planning, preparation of publications, and for evaluation;
-- Contributing to the development of and providing scientific and clinical guidance and technical assistance to various public, private, and nonprofit health and health-related state and local agencies and organizations;
-- Serving as a scientific consultant for a public health program or project;
-- Participating in internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise;
-- Participating in after-hours activities, including partner meetings, investigations, outbreak and emergency responses, as needed; and
-- Participating in writing grants and other funding proposals.

May provide technical leadership and guidance and coordinate work of epidemiologists, other professional staff, or technical and administrative staff, as assigned.

Lastly, in this role, you will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on your educational and professional experience and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

Job Duties:

-Conducts investigative and analytical epidemiologic tasks in relation to surveillance, detection, and prevention of disease and injuries, including the design of sampling frames, preparation of datasets, and completion of internal and external data requests.
-Interprets epidemiologic data and applies findings to direct public health programs and recommends interventions or control measures.
-Participates in coordinating or conducting outbreak and epidemiologic investigations.
-Performs statistical analyses related to complex analytical investigations using involving highly specialized scientific data (ie population survey data)
-May contribute to developing and providing scientific and clinical guidance to public, private, and nonprofit health and health-related agencies and organizations.
-Participates in after-hours activities, including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response as needed. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Advanced communication skills, oral and written.
- Contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), state and local privacy laws.
- Computerized database management, data analysis, and program evaluation.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
- SAS Macro Programming and SQL procedures

Skill in:
- Research methods, procedures, and techniques used in identifying and evaluating the health of populations, their characteristics, contemporary medical methods and practices, proper principles and procedures when conducting health or determinants surveillance, and epidemiologic investigations.
- Analyzing complex survey data
- Research project coordination or management techniques
- Data quality assurance techniques
- Expert skills in data management systems and visualization tools (i.e. SAS, R, SUDAAN, Tableau).

Ability to:
- Use critical thinking to determine whether a public health problem exists and articulate the need for further investigation or other public health action on statutes, rules, policy, and potential health impact.
- Collaborate with others.
- Investigate acute and chronic conditions.
- Analyze and interpret data from surveillance and investigations and recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to findings.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

MPH/MSPH or master's in epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics, or public health with at least three years of relevant epidemiology/biostatistics experience. Preference is given to accredited universities and/or schools of Public Health. Experience using statistical software and working with complex survey data from national surveillance systems.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will contribute to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.