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Epidemiologist SEET, Office of Public Health

Epidemiologist SEET, Office of Public Health

Position Summary

The Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology (SEET), within the Office of Public Health, Center of Community and Preventive Health, Bureau of Infectious Diseases, investigates the health effects of chemical exposures in populations. SEET is committed to reducing any known environmental threat to the public's health and provides information and data to the public to ensure better government policies and personal choices. SEET’s Occupational Health & Injury Surveillance Program conducts surveillance of injuries, illnesses, deaths, and hazards among Louisiana workers. This project began in 2006 through funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH).

This full-time position is funded through June 2026 and will be domiciled at the OPH Central Office, Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in epidemiology required

Substitutions:

Master's degree in public health, which included twelve hours in epidemiology, biostatistics, tropical medicine, maternal and child health, occupational health, international health, community health, or any combination, will substitute for the master's degree in epidemiology.

Master's degree in nursing, a social science, a biological science, or a behavioral science, which included twelve semester hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics or a combination, will substitute for the master's degree in epidemiology.

Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine, which included twelve semester hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics or a combination, will substitute for the master's degree in epidemiology.

Master's degree in public health, chemistry, geology, geography, biological sciences, computer science, sociology, environmental science, toxicology, engineering, physical science or industrial hygiene.

Note:  Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Compile, evaluate, and analyze occupational health data and annually calculate and submit indicator data to Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  • Assist in the evaluation and analysis of relevant occupational safety and health databases.
  • Establish and maintain the program's occupational health-related databases and perform statistical analysis of occupational health data.
  • Obtain and review medical/scientific literature on occupational safety and health and assists in drafting and finalizing reports.
  • Participate in meetings and conference calls with appropriate staff and prepare and issue correspondence related to the Occupational Health Program.
  • Establish relationships with program stakeholders and identifies additional data sources.
  • Maintain the multi-source worker mortality database.
  • Ensure data quality and perform statistical analysis as needed.
  • Compile, evaluate, and analyze heat-related illness (HRI) health outcome data and annually calculate and submit HRI indicator data to CSTE and NIOSH.
  • Assist in the evaluation and analysis of relevant environmental/climate data.
  • Maintain the multi-source Occupational HRI surveillance system; this will include data entry, data cleaning, conducting QA/QC, tracking data trends and calculating descriptive statistics.
  • Obtain and review medical/scientific literature on HRI and associated factors and assist with drafting and finalizing reports.
  • Participate in meetings and conference calls with appropriate staff and prepare and issue correspondence related to the HRI project.
  • Establish relationships with program stakeholders and identify additional data sources.
  • Assist with preparing reports, publications, grants, and presentations.
  • Identify available resources and assist in obtaining, sharing, and distributing resources to statewide stakeholders.
  • Locate potential stakeholders for future collaborations.
  • Ensure that all assigned or delegated assignments are completed by their deadlines except under unusual circumstances.
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings, trainings, conferences, webinars, seminars, workshops, and other continuing education as required and approved in order to maintain professional expertise.
  • Travel as needed to support grant activities and program requirements.

Salary/Benefits

  • Salary is dependent on education and experience. Typical range for entry-level Epidemiologist is $45,000-$55,000.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.

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