24 February 2012

DNDHI Job Posting: Supervisory Health Scientist/Supervisory Medical Officer

The Division of Notifiable Diseases and Health Care Information (DNDHI), Public Health Surveillance Program Office (PHSPO), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS) is seeking an exceptional medical officer/ doctoral epidemiologist to serve as the chief of its Surveillance and Analysis Branch in Atlanta, GA. 
The mission of PHSPO is to advance the science and practice of public health surveillance that accelerates effective public health decision-making and actions.  This is accomplished by managing surveillance systems with cross-CDC utility; developing new information sources, analytic methods, and tools for addressing common challenges in surveillance practice; engaging and supporting CDC programs and external partners, particularly those in health departments; having answers to common questions about surveillance practice & policy; using a  multidisciplinary approach; contributing to public health emergency preparedness and response by enhancing biosurveillance capacities; and anticipating changes in healthcare, the determinants of public health, and information technologies that shape surveillance practice. 
DNDHI plays a critical role in this mission by maintaining and improving the operations of  surveillance systems already in existence (such as the Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance Systems ( NNDSS) and BioSense), as well as the development of new surveillance capacities that are based on links between public health and health care providers.  Development of new surveillance capacities will draw on the increasing automation of health care records and information systems, including opportunities for local, state, and national public health functions arising from the growth of health information exchanges, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the “meaningful use” provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The position serves as chief of the Surveillance and Analysis Branch and is responsible for leadership and oversight for all surveillance and analysis activities within DNDHI including those involving data from nationally notifiable disease surveillance, syndromic surveillance activities in BioSense and BioSense 2.0, and large automated data sets (i.e. CMS) that may be used to monitor population health.  In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the analytical, research and applied surveillance program and cooperative agreement/grant activities and personnel assigned.   As part of the senior management team, the branch chief also serves as an advisor to the Division Director, other senior management officials, CDC, DHHS, ONC and other Federal, state, and private officials on matters concerning the principles and practices of public health surveillance; provide leadership in addressing public health issues of national interest; and directs initiatives to develop new and improved methods and techniques for analyzing and interpreting health surveillance data.
The surveillance systems managed by this division depend on surveillance systems managed by state, local, and territorial health departments throughout the United States. In addition, this division conducts surveillance for diseases and conditions for which lead responsibility for prevention and control rests with other parts of CDC. As a result, the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues both within and outside CDC is essential.

Applications for the position should be submitted by Thursday, March 22, 2012 through the USAJOBS website (www.usajobs.gov).

USAJOBS Announcements:
 Supervisory Health Scientist/ Supervisory Medical Officer, GS-601-15 and GS-602-15
 ·         Supervisory Health Scientist (internal): HHS-CDC-MP-12-602488
·         Supervisory Health Scientist (external): HHS-CDC-DE-12-602437
·         Supervisory Medical Officer (internal): HHS-CDC-MP-12-609086
·         Supervisory Medical Officer (external): HHS-CDC-DE-12-604992

For additional information about this job, please contact Kathleen Gallagher. D.Sc., MPH by email at kxg7@cdc.gov or by phone at 404-498-6631.
 **If you are USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer interested in applying for this position, you do NOT have to submit an application through USAJOBS.  Instead, please send your cover letter and CV directly to Kathleen Gallagher. D.Sc., MPH at kxg7@cdc.gov.


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