YOUR ROLE : The Department of Health Policy is seeking qualified candidates to provide Emerging Infections Program (EIP) faculty with analytic file construction, database management, data quality, statistical analyses, graphics, and other data analyses. This position will support EIP research efforts conducted in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under general supervision, the analyst will work from faculty members' specifications to undertake the following tasks:
1) assist with database management and merging datasets,
2) cleaning and preparing data for analysis using SAS, STATA, or other software,
3) undertake statistical analyses, and
4) maintain, monitor, and update existing databases, and develop new databases. The analyst will document his/her work and present results in tabular, graphical, and written summary form.
The position requires a person who can work well independently and alongside multiple faculty and staff members, be willing to learn new tasks and grow within the role, take initiative to determine the appropriate data and analyses to answer research questions, coordinate quality assurance measures, develop detailed documentation to accompany their work, manage time efficiently, and complete assignments in a timely manner.
The responsibilities of this position will include quantitative and written data analysis on a variety of public health issues. Examples of tasks include:
* Enhancing existing case report databases for analysis. * Understand the general concepts behind and learn processes to obtain socioeconomic data through geocoding and data linking. * Prepare spatial epidemiologic data to characterize health disparities in hospitalizations such as poverty, crowding, and access to health care as well as discerning environmental demographic and behavioral factors conducive to the spread of infectious disease. * Work with staff to monitor and sustain quality assurance and quality checks on case reports of surveillance data. * Prepare routine and ad hoc analyses, reports, and graphical displays from various databases at the request of task leaders.
Expectations: * Develop or amend complex databases * Produce clearly written, logical code in SAS or Stata with minimal error * Adhere to internal database installation/backup standard, sometimes with assistance * Conduct analyses using appropriate statistical techniques and packages (SAS or Stata) * Produce results in multiple formats, as needed by research team * Sustain appropriate documentation for all database development, maintenance, and analyses * Sustain the integrity and security of institutional data * Follow change management procedures * Adhere to confidentiality and security policies and procedures * Monitor, test and verify accuracy of data * Coordinate quality assurance activities among study teams * Comply with data use agreements with public and private data providers * Complete data transmissions for each select EIP projects according to the CDCs requirements and deadlines * Provide technical assistance to research data users * Provide support for problem determination and resolution * Communicate effectively and collaboratively with investigators and research team
Minimum Qualifications : This position requires Bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience. A master's degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, or another field with quantitative coursework is strongly preferred.
Preferred qualities and skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills Strong quantitative, statistical and data analysis skills Experience with STATA, SAS, or other analytical software Experience with health-related datasets and/or population surveys
Additional Information: This is a full-time position.
Salary is dependent upon education and experience.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
Vanderbilt University's new Department of Health Policy brings together a broad group of health policy scholars devoted to developing health policy solutions that can have a profound impact. The Department builds on a history of strong collaborative relationships with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several frontline policy makers to develop health policy solutions for our nation's most pressing health care challenges.
The combination of a major research university and preeminent medical center gives Department faculty incredible opportunities to build relationships with frontline care providers and policymakers which can lead to breakthrough discoveries. The Department fosters a deep belief that research and innovative thinking should guide health policy relationships and help policymakers understand implications. For more information, please visit https://www.vumc.org/health-policy/ .
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