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Job Ref:  RW247050
Employer:  General Dynamics US
Country:  United States
County/State:  Maryland
City:  Silver Spring
18/10/2016 05:13
Job Description

Our client; the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) of the Public Health Division of the Defense Health Agency (DHA); is to be the central epidemiological resource for the U.S. Armed Forces. They provide timely; relevant; actionable; and comprehensive health surveillance information in order to promote; maintain; and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations.

We are seeking a Senior Epidemiologist to support the Chief and Deputy Chief of Epidemiology and Analysis (E&A) in accomplishing the division's mission and objectives.


  • Provide consultative support within 1-3 business days from receipt of request on epidemiology; biostatistics; or on a wide variety of health surveillance questions on military-related populations to personnel within AFHSB; preventive medicine and public health professionals; key military leaders; policy leaders; and researchers throughout the Department of Defense (DoD)

  • Use expertise in SAS to acquire and analyze personnel and health data for military-related epidemiological study requests (adhoc or recurrent) received by E&A

  • Ensure timely completion of analysis; summaries; and reports produced by E&A

  • Ensure data quality of reports; analyses; and products produced and distributed by E&A are of highest quality and accuracy

  • Consultative support in epidemiology; biostatistics; or public health shall include; but not be limited to:

    • Determination of feasibility of all requests and taskings received by AFHSB in using the health and personnel data stored in the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS) and serum in the DoD Serum Repository (DoDSR)

    • Assistance in formulation of sound epidemiological studies (i.e.; hypothesis generation; study concept and design; data retrieval from AFHSB and other DoD databases; analytic techniques; and reporting)

    • Expert opinion on infectious disease; primary care; preventive medicine; occupational medicine; and other health topics that are pertinent in health surveillance analysis and reporting

    • Preparation of ad hoc briefings; white papers; summaries; reports; and presentations on health surveillance

    • Expert opinion on health surveillance and public health from Congressional inquiries or requests from media or the public

    • Collaboration with Government and contract personnel within AFHSB or from other DoD/Federal agencies in planning and designing sound epidemiological studies to submit for publication in peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals after informing E&A

    • Work with or provide consultation to other staff (contract or government) within AFHSB; U.S. Armed Forces; and other DoD agents to standardize medical case definitions; methodology; analysis; and reporting which are important in health surveillance

    • Plan and design long-term epidemiological studies that will help identify risk factors for specific health outcomes; leading to policy changes or behavior modifications as indicated by the study results

    • Prepare and deliver presentations to military and other government and civilian organizations and publish reports in government; peer-reviewed; and civilian publications

    • Maintain proficiency in epidemiology; biostatistics; and public health and in order to remain current on public health issues

    • Provide professional mentoring to medical and graduate students; physicians-in- training; and other health professional within DoD

    • Assist or lead quality assurance projects on maintaining the highest data quality of products are provided to end-users

    • Inform and involve the U.S. Government (AFHSB) in creating and validating assumptions and procedures required to resolve any data quality issues

    • Write and edit medical and scientific papers in support of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR)

  • Assist or lead functional activities within E&A that are necessary to support AFHSB's mission such as (but not limited to):

    • Production of health surveillance summaries; reports; and presentations (e.g.; ad hoc briefings; white papers; slides; and other types of documents summarizing analytic activities and studies)

    • Maintenance of functional documents necessary to perform daily functions within the Epidemiology and Analysis Division and other divisions within AFHSB

    • Support of DoD working groups (as assigned by E&A) within or external to AFHSB that are involved in development of DoD-wide health surveillance

    • Analysis; planning; and implementation of changes in functional processes

    • Planning of and provision of training for staff and customers in epidemiology; biostatistics and other topics pertinent in the practice of health surveillance and public health practice

    • Protection of Protected Health Information/Personally Identifiable Information (PHI/PII) while in use for analysis and while in storage in approved storage systems

    • Follow established quality assurance processes and plan in ensuring accuracy of reports; summaries; and analyses prior to distribution and in protection of PHI/PII

    • Perform other duties as assigned


PhD or equivalent scientific degree in epidemiology; public health; or similar field required


  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in related occupation desired

  • High-level of epidemiology training and experience; including expertise in SAS;

  • Extensive experience in health-data analyses using SAS programming language (highly preferred)

  • Ability to perform quality assurance checks on SAS programming codes utilized in E&A (highly preferred)

  • Solid knowledge in epidemiology; preventive medicine and public health and stays current on public health events

  • Expertise in planning; designing; analyzing; and reporting on long-term epidemiological studies that will help identify risk factors for specific health outcomes in military-related populations

  • Experience with DoD health-related databases to perform longitudinal analyses preferred

  • Experience in using Microsoft Office software (MS Outlook; MS Word; MS Excel; and MS PowerPoint)

  • Technical skills to conduct analyses; write reports; prepare briefings; and coherently present results

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and able to collaborate with others on projects and investigations

  • Command of English language and can coherently present analytical results

  • Skills to supervise analysts directly

  • Team player who collaborates well with other professionals

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial NA approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support NA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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