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Drug Overdose Prevention Epidemiologist

Date Posted:  Oct 14, 2021
Requisition ID:  272684

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.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


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


Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $55,016.00 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention focuses on data collection, surveillance, and the promotion of evidence-based prevention strategies and promising practices; coalition building and offering technical assistance to community members working on injury prevention education and policy; and collaboration with other state agencies to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries and violence. While the Division was formed in 2011, foundational program work started in the early 2000’s and has grown to include the Indiana Trauma Registry, Indiana Violent Death Reporting System, Drug Overdose Prevention (DOP) team, and numerous other trauma and injury prevention outreach efforts. The DOP Epidemiologist will be housed in the DOP team within the division, and will work to support the DOP team members in implementing grant activities and deliverables. This role will report directly to the DOP Program Director and will be responsible for monitoring a wide spectrum of drug overdose data, fulfilling data requests, conducting data analyses, submitting data to the CDC, writing reports and briefs, building and updating data dashboards, and preparing other requested reports. This position will also be resposnible for the preparation, evaluation, analysis, and reporting of drug overdose data through the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS), as well as Rapid Opioid Death Detection (RODD).

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Identifies fatal and nonfatal overdose data and surveillance needs
  • Collects, manages, and analyzes overdose data from the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS)
  • Collects, manages, and analyzes overdose data for the Rapid Opioid Death Detection (RODD) pilot project
  • Summarizes and disseminates data analysis results related to drug overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose across the life span. This includes writing reports, oral presentations, and manuscripts on key findings, disseminating data effectively to a variety of audiences, and offering policy recommendations for injury prevention.
  • Updates and expands the Tableau drug overdsoe data dashboard
  • Provides epidemiologic expertise and technical assistance to internal and external partners, including state agencies, coalitions, and advisory groups. 
  • Assists staff and state health officials in preparing reports and communications on epidemiology of drug overuse, misue, abuse, and overdose deaths.
  • Actively participates in ingoing intra- and inter-agency collaborations and initiatives related to prescription drug abuse, heroin drug use, and overdose deaths.
  • Fills data requests (both internal and external) as needed. 
  • Supports the DOP team in grant implementation, reporting, and evaluation.

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:

To be hired as an Epidemiologist E7 (minimum salary $55,016 annual), the successful candidate should meet one of the following requirements: 

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, biological sciences, or social sciences) and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience OR
  • A master’s degree in a non-relevant field and ≥ 4 years’ public health experience OR
  • A doctoral-level degree in epidemiology or other relevant fields OR
  • A graduate or professional degree in a health-related field (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, RS) with specific epidemiology training (e.g., MPH degree, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, or CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship) OR 
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and ≥ 4 years’ relevant public health experience OR
  • A bachelor’s degree in a non-relevant field and ≥ 6 years’ public health experience.

Current employee promotion requirement: Internal candidate should be a high-performing Epidemiologist 1 or other internal role based on demonstrated ability, competency attainment, and/or performance feedback. 
If the selected candidate does not meet the Epidemiologist E7 criteria, we will consider candidates with the following criteria and will hire as an Epidemiologist 1 at an annual salary of $50,076. Once Epidemiologist 1 meets the above criteria and/or is a high-performing employee based on demonstrated ability, competency attainment, and performance feedback, the employee may be promoted with an increase in pay at that time. 

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, biological sciences),
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, biological sciences), OR
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-relevant field and 2+ years of public health experience.

Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success in this role: (add any KSAs that were on the job description in bullet point format below)


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 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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