Tarrant County Government Advanced Epidemiology Specialist-Maternal Child Health in Tarrant County, Texas

  • This position performs maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology functions in the Epidemiology and Health Information Division.
  • The position is responsible for establishing and maintaining systems for monitoring, analysis, and communicating MCH outcomes in Tarrant County.
  • Under the guidance of the Biostatistician, the person in this position plans and coordinates projects utilizing appropriate epidemiological methods to identify, analyze, and report public health issues relative to MCH, resulting in improved surveillance and identification of trends as well as providing guidance for intervention and prevention strategies to promote improved birth outcomes.
  • Facilitates regular contact with stakeholders and partner agencies involved in MCH.
  • Works to improve the surveillance and guidance provided regarding MCH.
  • Participates in a multi-disciplinary team for rapid response and disease investigation when needed.

Posting may close at any time.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develops and maintains liaisons with stakeholders and partner agencies involved in MCH. Works to improve the surveillance and guidance provided regarding MCH. Participates on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise. Makes oral presentations to diverse audiences.
  2. May plan and implement studies relative to MCH. Participates with and sometimes leads task forces and ad hoc committees to carry out epidemiology and public health activities relative to MCH. Conducts epidemiologic investigation of MCH issues. Collaborates with community and academic partners and other scientists in the survey or investigation design process including conducting a search or review of existing literature and data, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments. Designs, manipulates, and uses databases for analysis. Designs and prepares reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and other information.
  3. Works with the Biostatistician to perform statistical analyses related to maternal child health outcomes. In addition to using known techniques for analyzing epidemiologic data, adapts or combines a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfill specific project needs. Designs, manipulates, and utilizes databases for analysis of health problems. Uses surveillance systems to collect disease or health outcome data. Generates descriptive analyses of surveillance data for a variety of audiences.
  4. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals.
  5. Conducts epidemiologic investigation of assigned infectious diseases as part of cross training and integration with other parts of the Epidemiology and Health Information team.
  6. Participates as directed in Department's Emergency Preparedness and Response efforts.
  7. Performs all other related duties involved in the operation of the Public Health Department as assigned or required. Minimum Requirements:


TO APPLY, must have a Bachelor's degree *. *Three (3) full-time years of public health or related work experience. Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, Humanities, Psychology, Science or related field preferred.

OR TO APPLY, must have a Master's degree or higher in Public Health+* One (1) full-time year of public health or related work experience*. Master's degree preferred.

Previous experience in health related field with knowledge of maternal and child health epidemiology, data gathering and analysis is preferred.

Ability to gather information and conduct online information searches is required.

Must be able to write and prepare reports.

Must have computer knowledge.

Knowledge of M.S. Office and data management software required.

Must be able to identify public health problems pertinent to the population; conduct surveillance activities; apply principles of good ethical and legal practice as they relate to study design and data collection, dissemination, and use; understand the multi-factorial causes and risk factors associated with morbidity and mortality as well as those associated with positive outcomes; manage data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources; analyze data from an epidemiologic investigation or study; summarize results of the analysis and draw conclusions; recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings; use effective communication strategies to prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to professional audiences, policy makers, and the general public; develop or participate in community partnerships to support epidemiologic investigations; and use performance measures to evaluate and improve epidemiology program effectiveness.

Knowledge of M.S. Office programs and data management and analysis software.

If hired, must provide proof of educational attainment at New Hire Processing or during the promotional process.

Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past Seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually.

Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to bend, carry, climb stairs, grasp/squeeze, use hand tools, hear, keyboard, kneel, lift below the waist, lift between waist and shoulder, lift overhead, lift to the side/twist, tolerate noise, pull, push, reach, reach overhead, perform repetitive tasks, see color, see far and near, sit, squat, stand, stoop, talk, twist, use his/her hands, drive a vehicle, walk, and work alone and with others.

Job Title: Advanced Epidemiology Specialist-Maternal Child Health

Closing Date/Time: Sat. 11/05/16 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $2,131.08 - $2,344.19 Biweekly $55,408.08 - $60,948.94 Annually

Job Type: Regular Full-time

Location: Tarrant County, Texas