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Data and Epidemiology Director

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  26551

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Indiana State Department of Health
The Indiana State Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $41,574.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Data and Epidemiology Director will serve as an epidemiologist for the Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care, and Rural Health.  This position  collects, analyzes and interprets clinical health data and epidemiological data; plans and conducts investigations; maintains systems for primary care, rural health and program intervention surveillance, including morbidity, mortality and disparities in safety net health systems around the state; consults with local health officials and public health partners; works closely with and serves as a resource for the cancer, cardiovascular/stroke, and diabetes epidemiologists and the Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Section Director and Division Director.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Leads meetings with division epidemiologists.
  • Establishes standard approaches to data mining and analysis
  • Creates and maintains a library of queries with annotations and metadata.
  • Contributes epidemiologic and statistical expertise to agency program an partners.
  • Advises and collaborates in assessment, planning, development, and evaluation of state chronic disease programs. Serve on chronic disease committees, task forces, and advisory boards.
  • Advises chronic disease program directors and staff regarding effective use of surveillance systems, data resources, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of information.
  • Collaborates and consults with agency programs and outside agencies, organizations, and individuals concerning chronic disease prevention and control and other areas of mutual interest and responsibility. 
  • Participates in preparation of grant applications and serve as investigator or in other specific positions as needed for chronic disease grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, the media, government officials and agencies, outside organizations, and medical professionals regarding chronic disease prevention and control and regarding other areas of public health as needed.
  • Plans, prepares and presents information, education, and training through lectures, articles, staff meetings and workshops for agency staff, health care and public health professionals, and the general public. 
  • Advises on the development of information technology and other tools to facilitate assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of chronic disease plans and programs.
  • Maintains and updates current knowledge through study of medical, epidemiological, and public health literature, participation in seminars, workshops, and professional meetings, and other means of continuing education.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

What You'll Need For Success:
  • Thorough ability to communicate with health care and public health professionals, policy makers, agency staff, and the general public both verbally and in writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of public health principles and practices, epidemiology, and biostatistics
  • Advanced experience in the use of statistical software for data analysis; prefer experience with R programming.
  • Extensive knowledge of chronic diseases and thorough knowledge of medical demographic resources.
  • Extensive ability to analyze and interpret disease data from a wide variety of data sources.
  • Extensive ability to initiate, conduct, and report on disease control and epidemiological studies and research.
  • Extensive ability to provide technical assistance to the health care and public health communities.
  • Supervisory or team leadership experience strongly preferred.
  • Advanced ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national, state, and local partners in various governmental, private, and voluntary agencies.
  • Experience in writing formal reports and articles.
  • Working knowledge of organizational structure, administrative process, and quality improvement.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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