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Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Grant, Research, Contract Management, Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Opioid Harm Prevention Epidemiologist

Official Title:


Hiring Department:




Anticipated Begin Date:

DECEMBER 25, 2017


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Masters required in epidemiology, public health, sociology, demography or related field, preferably with specialization in substance abuse, injury prevention and/or community based program evaluation.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

2 years of relevant professional experience is preferred.

Preferred candidates will also have:

Knowledge of and ability to utilize epidemiological concepts, principles, practices and methods for surveillance, control, and/or prevention of disease.

Knowledge of data, information systems and community planning methodologies to identify the health status of a population.

Knowledge of principles of program planning, implementation, evaluation and trend analysis.

Computer skills using database and statistical software (Excel, SAS, SPSS, STATA, Access), Web applications and IT systems, and advanced software for display and mapping of epidemiologic data (e.g., ArcGIS).

Experience in data analysis (preferably using SAS) and in applying analysis and research to policy development in public health.

In addition to technical skills, the well?qualified candidate will have knowledge of controlled substance prescription drug products and the problems of drug misuse, abuse and diversion as well as knowledge of public health and healthcare practice settings.

Experience conducting disease or other epidemiological surveillance and research in public health.

Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with other staff.

Writing experience in producing effective scientific reports with sound methodology and analytical approach, including literature summarization, discussion, and conclusion documentation.

Ability to translate scientific findings for use by professional public health and community audiences.

License or Certificate:


Position Summary:

In association with the Department of Population Health Sciences and the UW Population Health Institute, and under the general supervision of the Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD) Bureau Director, this position will function as the Opioid Harm Prevention Program (OHPP) Epidemiologist. This researcher will analyze Prescription Drug Management Program (PDMP) data, conduct surveillance by analyzing indicators of prescription drug overdose, assist in developing proactive reports to providers, work collaboratively with Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to monitor changes in registration and use of the PDMP, coordinate special projects related to the PDMP data and assist in the provision of epidemiological expertise. This position will integrate with a team of epidemiologists in the Division of Public Health to fulfill the required duties. As part of the OHPP team, the researcher will provide the data and analyses needed to guide and evaluate program and policy interventions for this statewide problem. This will include performing advanced data linkages and analytic surveillance using multiple data sources. The Researcher will coordinate OHPP data activities related to the development, analysis, and tracking of the Healthy Wisconsin health improvement planning activities related to the Key Health Priority: Opioids. In addition this position will provide epidemiological and data support to DPH on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

In collaboration with the OHPP communication specialist, this position will also assist in external communications. He or she will provide epidemiological analysis for generation of reports for various audiences and providers. The incumbent will also assist in responding to data requests from internal and external partners, legislators, and the media; make recommendations on the application of grant findings to enhance or inform data systems, programs, policies, and evaluations; and present grant results to stakeholders and other professional audiences.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Additional Information:



Nick Harding
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the `Apply Now' button. You will be asked to upload a
current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including at least one current or former supervisor.

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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