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Violence and Injury Epidemiologist

  • 512878
  • Full-time


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.



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $66,000 

Grade: 21


Job Summary:

Has general knowledge of theories, practices and procedures within Violence and Injury Epidemiology. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing prescribed guidelines or policies to analyze and resolve problems.

This position serves as an entry-level professional epidemiologist responsible for carrying out a range of investigative and analytical epidemiological activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of unintentional injuries, falls, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, and other violence-related outcomes. Has an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods. Works as a team or project member, under the direction of higher-level staff.

This level of epidemiologic work includes:
-- Conducting routine epidemiologic functions comprising surveillance, data collection, data analysis using epidemiologic methods, and assistance with epidemiologic investigations;
-- Conducting epidemiologic investigations used in preventing and controlling specific unintentional injuries, falls, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, and other violence-related outcomes and applies findings to direct public health programs and recommend interventions and/or control measures;
-- Conducting literature reviews;
-- Assisting with preparing reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and other information using behavioral science, demographic and epidemiologic analytic techniques, and program evaluation;
-- Providing scientific 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 administrative leadership and technical guidance to lower-level professional, technical, and administrative support staff, as assigned.

Employee will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their 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 unintentional injuries, falls, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, and other violence-related outcomes.
- Performs routine epidemiologic functions comprising of surveillance, data collection, and data analysis.
- Performs surveillance activities to support data collection in conjunction with local agencies and other health entities.
- Assists in maintaining the operation of surveillance systems in relation to disease and health outcomes.
- Works with external partners on leading epidemiological investigations related to unintentional injuries, falls, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, and other violence-related outcomes and supports Prevention services' various needs assessments.
- Conducts literature reviews and report preparation assistance.
- Provides scientific and epidemiological guidance to public, private, 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), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.
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.
- SAS or SPSS coding.
− Business intelligence software skills are preferred (Tableau).
Ability to:
- Use critical thinking to determine whether a public health problem exists, articulate 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):

Bachelor's in public health or a science-related field and up to 2 years of relevant data analysis experience or MPH/MSPH or Master's in public health or a science-related field. Preference is given to degrees from an accredited University and/or School of Public Health. The ideal candidate will have exp. using statistical software, working with different data and databases.

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 make a contribution 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.