Senior Epidemiologist, Office of Public Health

Senior Epidemiologist, Office of Public Health  

Position Summary

The Senior Epidemiologist position is assigned to the Center for Preventive Health in the Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) Bureau of Family Health and is responsible for specialized and complex data collection, analysis, and evaluation work involving the planning, gathering, analysis and reporting of statistical data associated with Maternal and Child Health and violence and injury surveillance outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Epidemiology or Biostatistics with MCH experience preferred; Master’s Degree in Epidemiology or Biostatistics with a minimum of 5 years of advanced analytic experience will be considered
  • Experience working with administrative claims and registry data and ICD 9 and ICD 10-CM codes
  • Experience performing complex analyses with large epidemiologic data systems
  • Experience with advanced statistical analysis packages (SAS and SAS-callable SUDAAN preferred and/or STATA and R)
  • Experience with authorship and submission of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Valid Driver’s License for required travel
  • Permanent work status for US employment

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyze and report MCH, violence, and injury indicators
  • Design survey methodology and analyze surveillance data
  • Design, develop and oversee implementation of program evaluation efforts for MCH-related and injury and violence prevention programs
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of sampling method, study design, data linkage, statistical analysis techniques, and program evaluation
  • Provide senior epidemiologic support by conducting and/or overseeing analyses of MCH-related and injury and violence surveillance data
  • Demonstrate expertise in appropriate interpretation and translation of epidemiologic results
  • Disseminate analytic findings through submission of peer reviewed journal articles
  • Provide mentorship to junior staff, students, interns, and fellows on MCH-related data activities and projects; validate staff data projects for content and accuracy
  • Develop and provide epidemiologic/statistical training plan and content
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert in MCH, injury, morbidity, and mortality surveillance
  • Coordinate the overall collection of Louisiana MCH indicators, including ensuring data are analyzed and reported in a timely manner; performing or overseeing some data entry; and performing data editing, analyses, and evaluation in support of partner interventions
  • Assist in development of data management and standards protocols
  • Provide data and otherwise assist in the development and dissemination of Louisiana surveillance or programmatic reports, data and policy briefs, newsletters, and other communications efforts
  • Design and implement quality review of relevant surveillance systems, and identify opportunities for improvement/efficiencies in data management and reporting
  • Provide epidemiologic support for state advisory bodies and participate in meetings
  • Conduct regional data update meetings at a minimum of once per year
  • Identify opportunities for leveraging data to respond to and advance policy initiatives
  • Develop recommendations to enhance data capacity and/or analytic skill set of the BFH

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of sampling methods, study designs and analysis methods
  • Advanced skills in the principles and practice of epidemiology and/or biostatistics, including multivariable and multilevel data analyses
  • Knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation methods
  • Ability to determine the applicability of epidemiologic data, draw appropriate conclusions, and make recommendations from analytic results
  • Ability to write clear and appropriate statistical and epidemiological reports for scientific and lay audiences; strong technical writing skills; and prior peer-reviewed publication experience
  • Excellent skills in quantitative as well as qualitative analyses
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent organizational skills


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


Equal Opportunity Employer