Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Epidemiologist, Office of Public Health

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


The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access (BCDPHA), within the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), is dedicated to improving the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by working proactively to build community health systems’ capacity; providing integrated efficient and effective health care services; and promoting healthy lifestyles within each community. The Bureau is branded Well-Ahead Louisiana. This position is located on Well-Ahead’s epidemiology team and reports to the epidemiology manager but also works closely with staff in the Tobacco Control and Health Policy (TCHP) Division. This position will be responsible for the surveillance components of Well-Ahead’s tobacco related grants. This includes analyzing survey data and tracking data related to TCHP program activities. The TCHP Epidemiologist will be able to communicate the results of survey data analysis to help drive TCHP program activities and decision making. The TCHP Epidemiologist is expected to exemplify Well-Ahead’s Culture of Excellence, Culture of Wellness, vision, mission, values, ground rules, and brand guidelines.

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

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 with graphical software (Tableau)
  • Ability to travel within Louisiana

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Design and Execution of Tobacco Surveillance System (40%)

  • Analyze data from surveys such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Youth Tobacco Survey, etc. to:
    • Surveil the prevalence of tobacco use
    • Surveil the prevalence of health outcomes related to tobacco use
    • Identify populations experiencing tobacco-related health disparities in Louisiana to improve health equity in the tobacco program
  • Use analyzed tobacco data to help create products (presentations, reports, factsheet, etc.) that clearly communicate data to the intended audience and help drive TCHP program activities and decision making.
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in the most current data, trends, and tobacco control best practices according the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) tobacco best-practice guidelines.
  • Use graphical and mapping software to create visualizations of data for a variety of audiences.
  • Respond to internal data requests from the Well-Ahead team and external data requests from a variety of stakeholders to provide data and other information as needed.
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to quality improvement cycles of data analysis and data product creation processes.

Reporting and Communications (30%)

  • Manage monthly tracking databases to track TCHP program activities, outputs, and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with the TCHP evaluator to complete and submit required surveillance and evaluation deliverables such as Annual Performance Reports, Evaluation Reports, etc. to the CDC.
  • Assist the TCHP Division Manager with the completion of bi-annual grant reporting requirements.

Collaborations and Partnerships (20%)

  • Collaborate with partners, as such as LPHI’s Tobacco Free Living program, on projects such as the Youth Tobacco Survey Report.
  • Use data from the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline vendor, Optum, to monitor Quitline reach, usage, and 6-month tobacco quit rates among all users and among populations experiencing tobacco-related disparities.
  • Engage with the Health Education and Community Engagement Division, which is Well-Ahead’s communications team, to create creative, innovative, and accurate ways to illustrate surveillance and evaluation results.
  • Participate in the Louisiana Tobacco Coalition and work to engage additional partners to support the sharing of Tobacco data and promote data-driven decision making.

Other Duties as Assigned (10%)

  • Provide epidemiologic support for grant applications by participating in grant planning meetings and calls, developing surveillance plans to accompany grant applications, and assess target populations and health disparities.
  • Participate in Surveillance team meetings and Evaluation/Epidemiology work group meetings
  • Engage in special projects conducted by the Epidemiology team.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities when available
  • Review and disseminate surveillance and evaluation findings through peer-reviewed journal publications or conference presentations at national public health conferences.
  • Crosstrain with the other epidemiologists on the team to assist and provide coverage when necessary and build a team environment
  • Travel in and out of state as necessary to fulfill job duties and support program deliverables, including but not limited to conferences, seminars, meetings, summits, trainings, etc.

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
  • Excellent 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