Philadelphia Area Resources for COVID-19

Substance Use Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)

Posted Date: 
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 6:15pm
Expiration Date: 
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 6:15pm
Job Summary: 

This position provides epidemiological and analytical data 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 assisting with the collection, abstraction, management, and analysis of substance use-related datasets in the City of Philadelphia.  These data will be used to support the City’s and PDPH’s public health policy and response activities. The person filling this position will work very closely with other data staff within the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction, as well as with staff within the Managing Director’s Office, 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.  



  • Oversee collection and timely reporting of substance use-related data sources, including data from PDPH-supported linkage to care programs, and partnering city agencies supporting the Managing Director’s Office Opioid Response Unit.
  • Abstract, analyze, and clean substance use-related datasets, including data on linkage to care programs, hospitalization discharges, arrests, EMS transports, incarceration, vital statistics, and medical examiner overdose fatalities.
  • Develop, refine, and oversee production of regular reports and data visualization dashboards, both in-house and externally
  • Support the fulfillment of internal and external requests for data.
  • Obtain and manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals when required
  • 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 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 data management and analytical abilities using statistical analysis software such as SAS or R.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and manage project timelines with a high degree of organizational skill, and to work independently in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to analyze and think critically to apply reasonable judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyze data and write project proposals and technical reports
  • 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. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and regards for staff health and safety, this position is temporally set-up as a remote, telework position. A PDPH-issued laptop and access to PDPH’s secure VPN will be provided upon hire.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

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 are 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.