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Epidemiologist

  • 509721
  • PHOENIX
  • BOARD OF PHARMACY
  • Full-time

THE ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy protects the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Arizona by regulating the practice of pharmacy and the distribution, sale and storage of prescription medications and devices and non-prescription medications.

Epidemiologist

Posting Details:

Annual Salary Range: $55,000 - $75,000 

Grade: 21

This posting will remain open until filled

Job Summary:

This position is within the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) within the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy and serves as a journey-level epidemiologist responsible for carrying out a range of investigative and analytical epidemiological activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of prescription drug abuse.

The Epidemiologist will work as part of a highly collaborative team under the direction of the CSPMP director providing epidemiology support, including data collection, cleaning, analysis, and reporting of CSPMP data.

This position will respond to data requests, generate results and reports on findings, and give oral presentations to varied audiences.

This position will also assist with administrative duties, including serving as the liaison with internal and external data requesters and stakeholders.

The Epidemiologist will be expected to be creative and possess the ability to propose self-guided projects to analyze available CSPMP data. The employee will also be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience and training.

This position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

Job Duties:
  • Creates and disseminates data in multiple forms, including, but not limited to, fact sheets, reports, and professional presentations to reach broad and varied audiences
  • Responds to, both verbally and in-writing, and fulfills data requests from community groups, public health agencies, and other external agencies
  • Uses statistical methods and software to manipulate and analyze CSPMP data to create point estimates and generate tabulated results and data visualizations
  • Stays current with and aware of upcoming changes to CSPMP statutes and rules in order to provide accurate, meaningful data analysis
  • Collaborates with CSPMP team, Arizona State Board of Pharmacy staff, and external agencies to support CSPMP data needs
  • Provides epidemiological support, including collection, quality assurance, cleaning, analysis, and reporting of CSPMP data
  • Assists in grant writing and generates appropriate grant-reporting metrics to fulfill grant obligations
  • Other duties as assigned as related to the position
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs): Knowledge:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of computerized database management, data analysis, program evaluation, and literature search
  • Knowledge of privacy laws to protect confidentiality, including HIPAA and applicable state and local privacy laws
  • Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public health surveillance
  • Knowledge of CSPMP state statutes and rules

Skill in:

  • Interpersonal skills as applied to contacts with representatives of other governmental agencies and the public
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Adept with information technology
  • Analytical thinking
  • Time management
  • Highly organized

Ability to:

  • Understand and apply statutory requirements when processing requests
  • Creativity and ability to propose self-directed projects
  • Work well within a team setting
  • Perform well under pressure
  • Prioritize
Selective Preference(s):
  • Ideal candidates will have experience using Tableau data visualization software
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Masters of public health with a focus on epidemiology or with coursework in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field and at least two years of professional experience in public health epidemiology
Benefits:

The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Sick leave

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

Retirement:
  • Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
  • Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
Contact Us:
  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shawn McConnell at shawn.mcconnell@azdoa.gov

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

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.