Data Linkage Epidemiologist, Health Federation of Philadelphia

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:00pm
Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 12:00pm
Job Summary: 

This position provides epidemiological support to the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH).  The person filling this position is responsible for data abstraction, management and analysis of drug use-related datasets in the City of Philadelphia.  These data will be used to inform PDPH’s public health policy and response activities.   The person filling this position will work very closely with staff within the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services, the Police Department, and with academic, healthcare and community partners across the City.   



  • Develop, refine, and perform data cleaning/quality assurance routines for drug-related data sources.
  • Abstract, analyze, and clean data on hospitalization discharges, arrests, EMS transports, incarceration, vital statistics, and medical examiner overdose fatalities.
  • Perform regular data matches between several city-wide health information data systems.
  • Obtain and manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals when required
  • Develop, refine, and oversee production of regular internal data reports.
  • Fulfill internal and external requests for data.
  • Identify barriers to programmatic goals and assess and implement solutions.
  • Oversee collection and timely reporting of grant-related data.
  • Serve as a representative for grantee teleconferences/meetings.
  • Summary analytic findings for presentation at scientific conferences and publication in technical and scientific journals.
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness drills, exercises, and training's for the Fire Department and the Health Department, as needed.


Completion of a Master’s of Public Health Degree program at an accredited college or university in Epidemiology or related field that includes a minimum of two graduate level courses in Epidemiology or two comparable graduate level classes in advanced research methodology AND two graduate level courses in statistics or biostatistics


  • Knowledge of substance use and drug related terminology.
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of epidemiological research including study design or epidemiological surveys, theory and application of epidemiological methodologies, principles and methods of biostatistics, and preparation of scientific research reports.
  • Strong analytical abilities using statistical analysis software such as SAS or R.
  • Ability to write project proposals and technical reports.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks, and to work independently in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with persons contacted in the course of work;
  • Sensitivity to and experience working with ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations.

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Salary - $58,000/year

Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Flex office schedule options available with supervisor approval.


Local travel to multiple sites and community meetings a few times a month.

Physical Demands:


Salary and Benefits:

Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life,  AD&D and long term care insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 


The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.