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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 289D
Category: Health Care


As a licensed physician, supervises a major epidemiological section comprised of epidemiologists and research staff; OR is designated by the agency as the epidemiological expert providing the highest level of technical expertise on public health policies and public health hazards.

Typical Work

Directs distinct epidemiological research groups investigating human morbidity or mortality;

Oversees and coordinates local, state, and/or federal health research programs;

Carries final responsibility for study designs, methodologies, investigations, conclusions, and program recommendations; has full responsibility and authority over all administrative matters within the unit; has final authority for assigned technical support to top management;

Proposes and reviews major public health policies;

Serves as a technical expert in a specialty area of epidemiology designated by agency management.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

The following legal requirements are necessary for positions in this category. Per RCW 77.15.075, an applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America who can read and write the English language. Positions required to practice medicine in the field of epidemiolgy must have a license to practice medicine in the state of Washington.

Desirable Qualifications

A Medical degree with a Master's degree in epidemiology or a Master's degree in public health including 12 graduate quarter hours (500 level or above) in epidemiology and 12 graduate quarter hours in biostatistics and five years of experience in epidemiology research analysis. Completion of related training or experience such as with the Centers for Disease Control or the National Institute of Health will substitute for MPH degree.

Note: When an MD is selected, a license to practice medicine in the state of Washington must be obtained.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 53525 Senior Epidemiologist (Medical); effective June 1, 2005.