17 April 2013

Job Opportunity: Senior Healthcare Data Analyst (“Epidemiologist II”)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention

Application Deadline: May 1, 2013
Detailed Job Posting


The Senior Healthcare Data Analyst will support a 3-year, multi-state collaborative CDC-funded grant developing a surveillance system for adolescents and adults with Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs). S/he will be responsible for cleaning, managing, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting of large analytic files from routinely-collected administrative datasets available in Massachusetts, including the All-Payer Claims Database, Vital Records, and Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal Data System (PELL), as well as some outside data sets. Most of the data will have to be linked and de-duplicated.

Some new data collection tools will need to be developed by the Senior Analyst, with input from others, to obtain primary retrospective and prospective data from health care providers. The Senior Analyst will make sure that all data-related grant requirements will be met in a timely and responsive fashion. S/he will further assist in disseminating results to develop and improve public health surveillance of individuals with CHDs.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Develop, improve, and evaluate the new public health surveillance system based on grant specifications and requirements.
  • Conduct both cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses on the data gathered.
  • Document datasets, program code, and related materials to ensure reproducibility of work, including an audit trail for programming.
  • Interpret, report, present and publish results of analyses.
  • Provide leadership to assist program staff to frame questions and hypotheses suitable for investigation within the grant collaborative.
  • Investigate validity and reliability of the data collected.
  • Participate in planning and collection of additional data as needed.
  • Assist in the preparation and conduct of cost analyses, as deemed feasible.
  • Determine appropriate statistical tests.

Preferably the applicant will have a master’s degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related fieldThe ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of SAS, including macros and SQL. Applicants must have experience working with large administrative datasets, linking data sets, de-duplication of data points, experience with database development, extraction of data from large data sources, creation of analytic databases, as well as experience conducting statistical analyses, including univariate, bivariate and multivariate analyses. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail, are a must for this position.

Please direct any questions at Gerlinde Munshi, Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention: gerlinde.munshi@state.ma.us or 617-624-5507; www.mass.gov/dph/birthdefects

The Department of Public Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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