Position: Epidemiologist

Portage County Health District

Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time – Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8am- 4:30pm. Hours may vary. May require some weekend and evening work.
Salary Range: $22.00-$26.00 Commensurate with experience

Job Description: Investigations of infectious diseases both naturally occurring and bioterrorist incidents. Enters case information into the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS). Interprets and implements local, state, and federal guidelines related to infectious disease control. Supports the monitoring of various infectious disease surveillance systems (i.e., epicenter anomalies, ODRS, etc.) for significant disease trends and early detection of emerging infectious diseases. Investigates, coordinates, and/or assists with all reported disease outbreaks or illness clusters. Collaborate with internal and external partners on special projects as assigned. Reviews, evaluates, and analyzes public health data to inform community stakeholders and partners. Participates in public health emergency activities as needed. Collaboration with community partners.



Epidemiologist ensures overall data management for individual disease reports and outbreak investigations. Collect data for surveillance of communicable diseases in the community by abstracting data from confidential medical or public health records or through survey and other epidemiological approaches.

  1. Data quality and review
  2. Assure that the appropriate case definitions are utilized in case investigations.
  3. Maintains data integrity by ensuring disease/case reports entered into ODRS are complete, accurate, & timely.
  4. Evaluate surveillance system
  5. Timeliness and completeness of reports to local health jurisdictions (local reporting, ODRS,sentinel influenza surveillance, specialized disease or syndrome surveillance).
  6. Evaluate disease reports to identify gaps in reporting.
  7. Improving Disease Surveillance
  8. Work with other LHD staff to improve reporting in jurisdiction (s).
  9. Use ODH guidance "Guidelines to improving infectious disease reporting in LHD."
  10. Data Analysis
  11. Monitor disease trends
  12. Create statistical reports
  13. Perform early event (e.g. EPI center) surveillance activities in designated area.
  14. Respond to request for local data.
  15. Conduct descriptive analysis of epidemiology of reported diseases.
  16. Initiate investigation when disease reports (routine or syndromic data) indicate and increased incidence.
  17. Collaborate with health department staff, hospitals, infection control specialists, physicians, schools, ODH, and others to provide a comprehensive approach to surveillance and follow up of communicable diseases.
  18. Maintains confidentiality according to HIPAA Privacy rules.


Interpret data and draw accurate conclusions based on sound scientific principles. Investigate potential epidemic situations of infectious diseases using accepted epidemiology methods to determine the cause, nature, and consequences of reported diseases. Utilize the Infectious Disease Manual (IDCM) guidelines for investigation, prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Know and implement the steps of an outbreak investigation.



Duties: Participate in quality improvement team projects and quality improvement training initiatives as applicable/ required and incorporate the principles of quality improvement into daily work activities. Incident Command System/National Incident Management System Training. Level to be determined by Preparedness Coordinator. Provides emergency response support. Other duties as assigned. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s in public health with concentration in Epidemiology. Communicable disease control or related experience preferred. Valid driver’s license and insurance. Ability to efficiently multi-task on a daily basis. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and/or other data/statistical software preferred. Good customer service, verbal and written communication skills, and effective presentation skills, good interpersonal relationship skills including cultural sensitivity & competence. Proficiency with use of databases and for data querying and reporting. Mathematical aptitude necessary to perform statistical analysis.

Pre-Employment Testing Requirements: Criminal Background Check, Pre-employment Drug Testing

Work Environment: General office setting in the Health Department facility requiring sedentary to light work which may include sitting, walking, climbing, reaching, standing, talking, and listening with occasional exposure to adverse environmental conditions. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: Joseph J. Diorio, MPH, MS, RS Health Commissioner Portage County Health District 705 Oakwood Street, 2nd Floor Ravenna, OH 44266 or email Sarah Meduri, BSPH, Personnel Officer at

Posting Period: October 18, 2019 until position filled

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