Behavioral Health Epidemiologist - School of Public Health 13378
The West Virginia University School of Public Health is seeking applications for a Behavioral Health Epidemiologist (Program Coordinator Sr.) located in Charleston, WV. This position directs the collection and analysis of data related to mental health and substance use disorders, state policy and proactive changes in provider access needed to respond to substance use and mental disorder system priorities statewide. Supports comprehensive needs assessment and planning processes. Provides advanced technical and analytical work in epidemiology and associated statistical and trend analysis methods.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Serves as a University representative and liaison to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for the planning and performance of projects, programs and activities involving health data analytics and program evaluation.
Works as part of a team to advance the partnership between the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Facilitates communication and efficient collaboration between research partners at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Under general supervision, performs work at the full-performance level by overseeing case investigations, data collection, and data and information dissemination.
Provides educational resources to public health, medical, government officials, and members of the public.
Trains and provides consultation to local health department personnel.
Coordinates and conducts epidemiological studies focused on behavioral health and substance use disorders.
Identifies and analyzes public health issues through conduct or review of scientific studies or surveys of the impact of substance abuse/substance use disorders.
Represents the interests of West Virginia's disease surveillance, prevention and control programs to public health or other governmental officials at a state and/or national level within the area of expertise.
Applies data related to substance use disorder to the design, creation, and improvement of data collection tools and methodologies, and integrates data across internal and external data systems.
Identifies opportunities for potential collaborations between the Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Conducts or directs special projects as assigned.
Master's degree in a related field is required.
Two (2) years experience in similar position.
Experience working in the public health sector preferred.
Knowledge of substance use treatment and public policy implementation
Advanced knowledge of epidemiology and evaluation methods
Extensive knowledge and experience in utilizing health databases for research, program evaluation, and policy development
Proficiency with statistical analysis software, such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata
Thorough knowledge and understanding of behavioral and public health sciences and practice
Ability to interpret findings and prepare materials (such as briefs, reports), and communicate results to department staff, other partners, and the general public.
Ability to provide epidemiologic and evaluation input into planning and program processes.
Education and experience in conducting program evaluations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Extensive knowledge and experience in substance use treatment, public health, and project management.
Previous experience working with Medicaid.
Ability to project and maintain a positive and collaborative attitude.
Demonstrated understanding of the synergy between academic, clinical, governmental, and private sector systems for purposes of healthcare related initiatives and models.
Knowledge and experience of healthcare systems.
About WVU At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/.
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Jan 15, 2020
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 190303
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.