Epidemiology Investigator

US Government, Public Health Services

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About Harris County Public Health:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

***This is a Grant-Funded position with an anticipated end date of August 31, 2025***

Position Overview:
Under the supervision of the Communicable Disease Program Manager and Team Lead, the Epidemiology investigator applies principles of Epidemiology to investigations on disease conditions that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit (EAIDU) conducts surveillance for, and to the control and prevention of disease within the jurisdiction of HCPH. As well as proper surveillance and reporting of normal disease occurrence and outbreak situations. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts epidemiology surveillance investigations for disease conditions that the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit (EAIDU) conducts surveillance on and related conditions/illnesses of public health significance to ensure readiness for responding to Bioterrorism, outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies. Activities include interpretation of laboratory testing results and coordination for specimen collection.
  • Reports case investigations through the surveillance data management system.
  • Provides consultation and make recommendations for control measures and prevention based on public health guidelines.
  • Provides 24/7 disease surveillance coverage on a rotating basis with other epidemiology staff as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with hospital infection control preventionists, school health care coordinators, and nurses to promote reporting of Texas notifiable conditions. Initiate active surveillance in daycares, schools, and long-term care facilities etc. when an outbreak occurs.
  • Provides information related to preparedness and other public health issues (through telephone consultation, mail out, and presentation) to diverse audiences and community partners, such as schools.
  • Participates in epidemiology data analysis and reporting by collecting and providing relevant investigation information.
  • Collects, packages, and process specimens in accordance with laboratory guidelines for testing as needed. Other duties as assigned including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event. 
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net
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