Field Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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Posted Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:30am
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:30am
Job Summary: 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) appreciates diversity among their staff and do not discriminate based on race, age, religion, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity.

Position Title:  Field Epidemiologist

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Annual Salary Range: $58,000

Employment Status: Full-time position with benefits. This is a grant-funded position; thus, continuation of the position depends on continued availability of funds.

Job Description:

This position provides field epidemiological support to the Substance Use Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  The person filling this position is responsible for coordinating all field epidemiologic activities to better inform PDPH’s prevention and response activities.  This will include conducting an annual survey among people who inject drugs (PWID), and using findings to develop a PWID estimate in Philadelphia.  Additionally, the Field Epidemiologist will be responsible for coordinating and conducting regular focus groups, key informant interviews and street intercept surveys with people who use drugs and community members.

Essential Duties:

Under the supervision of the Substance Use Epidemiology Manager, the Field Epidemiologist will perform the following essential job functions:

  • Design survey protocols including developing questionnaires and establishing recruitment methods.
  • Obtain and manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals when required.
  • Train and supervise a team of field staff to assist in conducting field work.
  • Engage in outreach efforts to contact and recruit people who use drugs and community members into projects.
  • Coordinate with appropriate partners to allocate space for projects. 
  • Conduct in depth screenings and both structured and unstructured interviews.
  • Analyze findings from surveys and present findings to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and lead regular focus groups, key informant interviews, and street intercept surveys with people who use drugs and community members.
  • Serve as a representative for grantee teleconferences/meetings.
  • Summarize analytic findings for presentation at scientific conferences and publication in technical and scientific journals.
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness drills, exercises, and trainings for PDPH.



1a.  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;


2a. Completion of a Master’s Degree program at an accredited college or university; AND

2b.  Two (2) years of work experience within the field of Epidemiology performing study design, evaluation or analysis.


·    Knowledge of substance use and drug related terminology.

·    Experience with survey design and protocol development.

·    Ability to design databases.

·    Proven experience as a project manager.

·    Experience working in the field and engaging with vulnerable populations.

·    Ability to analyze data using statistical software (preferably SAS).

·    Ability to write project proposals and technical reports.

·    Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·    Ability to analyze and think critically to apply reasonable judgment and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • 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.