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Vital Records Epidemiologist

Date Posted:  Sep 25, 2021
Requisition ID:  235562

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 State Department of Health:
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 normally starts out at $55,016.00 annually, but is commensurate with experience and education.

About the Job:

The Epidemiologist is responsible for the preparation, evaluation, analysis, and reporting of vital records data. This role is responsible for monitoring a wide spectrum of vital records, conducting data analysis, submitting data to the CDC, SSA, NCHS, BMV, FSSA, DCS and myriad other state and federal agencies. Must write state reports and prepare legislatively required and other requested reports in support of vital records' focus areas.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Identifies where data is housed, how it is collected, and how it is used within the agency.
  • Develops and implements vital statistics data and surveillance plan and identifies data gaps.
  • Collects, manages, and analyzes vital records data from various sources
  • Summarizes and disseminates data analysis results related to vital records.  This includes writing reports, oral presentations, and manuscripts on key findings, disseminating data effectively to a variety of audiences, and offering policy recommendations to the State Registrar.
  • Provides assistance with grant proposal preparation and grants management, particularly as related to data, reporting, and evaluation.
  • Assists with agreements to share data with other agencies through MOUs.
  • Track those who access vital records data and ensure that security requirements are being met.
  • Collaborates with members of the Epidemiology Resource Center and responds to epidemiologic needs of the Vital Records Division, including internal and external data requests.
  • Provides epidemiologic expertise and technical assistance to internal and external partners, including state agencies and coalitions. 
  • Assists staff and state health officials in preparing reports and communications on epidemiology of vital records.
  • Actively participate in ongoing intra- and inter-agency collaborations and initiatives related to vital records. 
  • Actively participate in all aspects of the implementation of the new electronic registration system; this includes attending meetings, analyzing datasets, and providing subject matter expertise where needed.


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.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience OR
  • A bachelor’s degree in a non-relevant field and ≥ 4 years’ relevant public health experience OR
  • A master’s degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g. public health, biological sciences, epidemiology) OR
  • A master’s degree or higher in a non-relevant field and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience 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 
  • High-performing Epidemiologist 1 or other internal role based on demonstrated ability, competency attainment, and/or performance feedback.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, biological sciences), OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-relevant field and 2+ years of public health experience.
  • 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. 
  • Considerable knowledge of computers and competent in using software applications including Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.  
  • Considerable knowledge of available injury databases, 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: 

  • 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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