Mortality Epidemiologist

Mortality Epidemiologist

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This position is assigned to the Bureau of Family Health within the Center for Community and Preventive Health in the Office of Public Health (OPH) and supports Louisiana’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Mortality surveillance systems (fetal, infant, child, maternal, and violent death). The major responsibilities include coordination of the collection of Louisiana BFH Mortality surveillance systems data by ensuring data are abstracted and entered into electronic systems in a timely manner, performing or overseeing some data entry, performing data editing, analyses, reporting, and evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s level degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology or Biostatistics; Undergraduate degree required
  • Attention to detail and ability to enter data accurately into computer programs and maintain accurate records
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products
  • Intermediate SAS preferred with minimum 9 credit hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics
  • Prior experience with relational databases, GIS and dashboard software strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, especially oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Prior experience with MCH and/or public health surveillance operations preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation for travel

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifies and validates cases and supports data abstraction.
  • Maintains current protocols for BFH FIMR/CDR and NVDRS mortality surveillance systems.
  • Supports field data collection personnel as needed.
  • Analyzes data using SAS statistical software to obtain frequencies through univariate and bivariate analyses of data. Participates in analytic workgroups.
  • Provides all data and otherwise assists in the development and dissemination of BFH Mortality Surveillance System reports, newsletters and other communications.
  • Completes mortality data requests.
  • Designs and implements evaluation of BFH mortality surveillance systems; manages data quality improvement.
  • Serves as analytic member of Title V workgroups.
  • Assists with grant-funded project activities such as application preparation, monitoring, reporting, communication with funders, and budget oversight.
  • Provides epidemiologic support for state mortality review teams and advisory bodies; participates in meetings as needed.
  • Supports the regional Community Advisory and Action Teams (CAATs) through monitoring of quarterly progress trackers and indicators, and provision of regional data as needed.
  • Completes annual state and regional surveillance reports. Conducts data update meetings as needed and upon request.


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


Equal Opportunity Employer