Chronic Disease Epidemiologist

Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access  

Position Summary

The Chronic Disease Epidemiologist will report to the Well-Ahead Louisiana (WAL) Surveillance and Evaluation Division Manager in the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access. WAL is an initiative started by the Louisiana Department of Health aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana residents. WAL promotes and recognizes healthy choices in the spaces and places where we live and work every day that make it easier for us all to live healthier, happier lives - from going tobacco-free, to ensuring healthy lunch options, to supporting workplace fitness programs.

The position is full-time and will be located at the Office of Public Health in New Orleans. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration on Epidemiology
  • Experience in conducting surveillance activities for public health programs
  • Proficient in advanced statistical analysis packages (SAS/R)
  • Proficient in geographic mapping software (ArcGIS)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Experience working with large-scale survey datasets (e.g. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the National Health and Nutrition Survey, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, and the National Health Interview Survey)
  • Ability to travel within Louisiana

Duties and Responsibilities

Grant Surveillance (85%)

  • Design and manage monthly tracking databases to track program activity outputs and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with evaluation coordinators to complete and submit required surveillance and evaluation deliverables such as Annual Performance Reports, Evaluation Reports, etc to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  • Conduct secondary data analysis to surveil the prevalence of chronic disease outcomes and associated risk factors in Louisiana.
  • Respond to internal data requests from the WAL team and external data requests from a variety of stakeholders providing raw data, aggregated tables, and other information as needed.
  • Conduct literature reviews and assist in preparing reports from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and other information using epidemiologic analytic techniques.
  • Utilize graphical and mapping software to create visualizations of data for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to data-driven quality improvement cycles

Grant Writing (5%)

  • Provide epidemiologic support for grant applications
  • Participate in grant planning meetings and calls with the BCDPHP as needed for upcoming grant opportunities.
  • Develop surveillance plans to accompany grant applications that meet the requirements outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
  • Assess target populations and health disparities as required by the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Other Duties as Assigned (10%)

  • Participate in WAL-Surveillance and Evaluation team meetings.
  • Engage in special projects conducted by the WAL-Surveillance and Evaluation team.
  • Engage with visual and data communications staff to create creative, innovative, and accurate ways to illustrate surveillance and evaluation results.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities when available
  • Review and disseminate surveillance and evaluation findings through peer-reviewed journal publications, earned media, or conference presentations at national public health conference meetings.

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate evaluation findings in plain language
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to think proactively and function independently
  • Good organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks


Salary is dependent on education and experience.
A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.


Equal Opportunity Employer