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Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemiologist E7

Date Posted:  Aug 13, 2019
Requisition ID:  15476

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.


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.


Salary for this position starts at $41,574 buy is commensurate with education and job experience



About the job

The Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemiologist is responsible for the preparation, evaluation, analysis, and reporting of drug overdose data through the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). The incumbent is responsible for monitoring a wide spectrum of drug overdose death data, conducting data analysis, submitting data to the CDC, writing death reports, and preparing other requested reports in support of overdose prevention focus areas.

A day in the life
  • Identifies overdose death data and surveillance needs
  • Collects, manages, and analyzes overdose death-related data from various sources, including law enforcement data, INSPECT data, toxicology reports, vital records and coroner reports.
  • 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.
  • Creates and updates burden reports and fact sheets for the ISDH Trauma and Injury Prevention Division related to drug overdose deaths. 
  • 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.
What we're looking for
  • Master's of Public Health degree with specialization in epidemiology
  • Previous prescription drug overdose prevention, injury prevention or violence prevention epidemiology experience (preferred).
  • Thorough knowledge of public health principles and practices, epidemiology, study design, and study analysis.
  • Extensive experience in the use of statistical software for data analysis; working knowledge of SAS
  • Advanced ability to import and clean data for purposes of data analysis; compile data records into complete data sets.
  • Link records for purposes of data analysis.
  • Considerable knowledge of computers and competent in using software applications including: Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel 
  • Considerable knowledge of available injury and violence data bases, qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and their limitations
  • Advanced ability to develop assessment protocols
  • Extensive ability to communicate with health care and public health professionals, policy makers, agency staff, and the general public both verbally and in writing
  • Advanced ability to work cooperatively with staff and representatives of State, Local, Federal and private partner agencies and to coordinate efforts of administrative and professional personnel
  • Extensive ability to prepare research documents and reports
  • Extensive ability to interpret information relative to epidemiologic and assessment studies
  • Advanced experience in the writing of formal reports and articles and oral presentations
  • Working knowledge of organizational structure, administrative process, and quality improvement
  • Considerable skill in coordinating complex work tasks


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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 Downtown Parking



Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis

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