Epidemiologist I, II or III

Oklahoma State Department of Health
November 11, 2023
Oklahoma County, OK
Job Type


Job Posting Title
Epidemiologist I, II or III


Supervisory Organization
340 Infectious Disease Prevention and Response

Job Posting End Date (Continuous if Blank)

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the posting end date above.

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Full time

Job Type

The annual salary for Level I $61,600, Level II $72,600, or Level III $83,600 based on education and experience.

Job Description

Location : 123 Robert S Kerr Ave. Oklahoma City

Salary : Level I $61,600 based on education and experience, Level II 72,600 based on education and experience or Level III $83,600 based on Education and Experience

Full Time /Part Time: Full Time

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday

Primary Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Why you'll love it here!

RESPECT. COLLABORATION. SERVICE. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. Check out why were are passionate about public health and believe it is the career for you!!! What is Public Health?

Oh yeah, did we mention perks? We know that benefits matter and that is why we offer a competitive benefits package for all eligible employees.

  • Generous state paid benefit allowance to help cover insurance premiums.
  • A wide choice of insurance plans with no pre-existing condition exclusions or limitations.
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care expenses and/or dependent care.
  • Retirement Savings Plan with a generous match.
  • 15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave the first year for full time employees.
  • 11 paid holidays a year.
  • Student Loan repayment options & tuition reimbursement.
  • Employee discounts with a variety of companies and venders.
  • Longevity Bonus for years of service

Position Description: This position is responsible for supporting required activities performed by Infectious Disease Prevention and Response (IDPR) related to infectious disease and outbreak investigation, epidemiologic and analytic investigation, and prevention and control of infectious disease.This position will rotate in epidemiologist on-call operations; collect epidemiologic data; analyze epidemiologic data on infectious diseases to determine changes in incidence of disease; summarize epidemiologic data to prepare status reports; participate in the design of survey tools used during outbreak response and other disease investigations; prepare technical reports, articles, presentations, and summaries of analytic findings. Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the surveillance, investigation, and evaluation of communicable and/or emerging infectious diseases and assists in the planning and implementation of epidemiological programs to prevent and control infectious diseases.


  • Provides consultation to health care professionals, community organizations, and others on specific infectious disease conditions through a 24/7 on-call service.
  • Collaborates with public health lab partners regarding testing coordination and results dissemination related to timely public health interventions.
  • Participates in research activities, unique investigations, and descriptive and analytic studies relating to specific diseases; interprets results and adapts to epidemiology programs and related programs.
  • Prepares technical reports and participates in grant writing activities.
  • Determines and utilizes appropriate statistical methods to evaluate and interpret data.
  • Interpret data to determine risks from exposure to biological agents.
  • Design and implement epidemiological studies and surveillance systems.

Epidemiologist II -

  • Prepares scientific articles;
  • Lectures for various organizations on infectious disease topics.
  • Educates partners by providing training to internal, county-level, and external partners.
  • Prepares educational materials for public distribution.
  • Serves as lead epidemiologist in outbreak investigations with assistance as needed from senior epidemiologists or program manager.
  • Assists with gathering information for media requests and developing press releases.

Epidemiologist III -

  • Serves as lead epidemiologist overseeing day to day activities.
  • Serves as primary back-up to program manager.
  • Serves as senior epidemiologist during outbreak investigations ensuring appropriate epidemiologic processes are applied.
  • Review, summarize, and disseminate relevant updates from peer-reviewed literature and other scientific sources on communicable disease topics and epidemiologic methods.
  • Conducts media interviews for print, radio, and television news agencies upon request.

Other Duties

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
  • Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Minimum Qualifications:

Epidemiologist I - Requirements consist of a Master of Science or Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on epidemiology, biostatistics, biological, medical, or health science. The following courses are strongly preferred: 6 semester hours in epidemiological methods and 6 semester hours of other epidemiological coursework and 9 semester hours in statistical methods and analysis.

Epidemiologist II - Epidemiologist I requirements plus a minimum of two years' experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological research, investigation, and analysis; or a doctorate in epidemiology.

Epidemiologist III - Epidemiologist I requirements plus a minimum of four years' experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological techniques and analysis; or a doctorate in epidemiology and one year of qualifying experience.

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities

Epidemiologist I (Entry Level - Basic Knowledge and Ability)

Knowledge of epidemiology methods, human biology, laboratory methods, parasitology, toxicology, immunology, pathology, medical terminology, statistical analysis, biometry, demography, epidemiological or statistical software, social and economic conditions, and current epidemiological developments and techniques. Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to gain and maintain trust of the public and professionals who consult with IDPR on infectious disease topics, especially during difficult and complicated situations; to train partners on infectious disease topics; to write technical and non-technical informational material; and to use a personal computer and applicable software. Ability is required to manipulate large databases and perform QA analyses.

Knowledge of diagnostic laboratory methods and medical microbiology is strongly preferred.

Epidemiologist II

Intermediate knowledge and ability in all the above. Develop and implement intervention and prevention strategies as identified through data analysis and the ability to interact with individuals from diverse racial/ethnic/cultural/educational backgrounds is strongly preferred.

Epidemiologist III

Advanced knowledge and ability in all the above.

Experience in supervising staff and overseeing large scale, multiyear projects is strongly preferred.

Special Requirements

Due to the nature of the duties and responsibilities of this position, applicants should be able to meet/achieve the following:

a) travel out-of-town for outbreak investigations with little or only a few hours' notice prior to departure, with ability to occasionally stay for one or more nights and work extended hours, and

b) depending on the disease, documentation of up-to-date vaccination status may be required to participate during in-person outbreak response activities.

Position requires possible response to public health emergencies including, but not limited to, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or catastrophic events.

Normal working hours for IDPR employees are 8 am - 5 pm. As a member of IDPR you will be expected to respond to public health emergencies, and these events may occur after hours and on the weekends.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate -controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level or by telework. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position. Applicants must also be willing to assist in after-hours epi-on-call phone coverage and outbreak response as needed.

Telework: This position is eligible for partial Telework and is subject to OSDH policy and supervisor's discretion.

Application Requirements:

  • If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of application.
  • All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Current State of Oklahoma employees must apply for open positions through their Workday account. Go to Careers app on WD home screen>Click on 'Find Jobs-Internal State of Oklahoma'.

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