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Epidemiologist – Public Health Surveillance

Full Time
Cortland, NY 13045
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Job description

Since 2002, Cortland Area Communities That Care has put data at the forefront of public health work in Cortland County. CACTC is committed to advancing data-driven decision making that uses verifiable information to identify and design strategies to improve the health of Cortland County residents.

CACTC utilizes local data to support and build efforts that drive population level outcomes in Cortland County and the Central New York region. The data we collect and analyze is used by community coalitions and partners for strategic planning, strategy design, and evaluation of prevention, school based, and public health programs. CACTC’s data-driven approach identifies targeted populations and focus areas that help ensure we are providing programs and services to community members who need it most, all while saving valuable resources such as time and money.

The purpose of this position is to plan, organize and conduct surveillance of social determinates of health, conduct literature reviews, support data sharing initiatives, provide data and technical evaluation assistance, perform local health assessments, strategic health planning, and implement interventions with a deliberate evaluation component.


  • Identifies, gathers, analyzes, and interprets data from a variety of local, state, and national sources. Assures data integrity. Develops data sources, including datasets that utilize population-based data. Ability to obtain secondary data from local, regional, state, and national resources and utilizes various methods to obtain primary data. Designs or assists in development of evaluation outcome measures for internal and external programs.
  • Performs statistical analyses and provides interpretation of public health data, e.g., descriptive analysis, trend analysis, multiple logistic regression, etc. Interprets data to identify key health issues and consults with local leadership to develop priorities and guide development of effective intervention programs.
  • Works within the Data and Epidemiology team on special projects to conduct analyses, set priorities and take action on special health issues and/or with high-risk populations. A person in this role should have the ability to develop and execute project work plans, collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data and conduct literature searches on evidence-based interventions and policy options.
  • Prepares topical reports to document current health status, identify trends, magnitude and disparities in the population.
  • Prepares topical internal and external data dashboards.
  • In collaboration with other epidemiologists, coordinates local and regional health research projects or emerging issue reports investigating public health issue areas.
  • Interacts during the course of special projects and/or investigations with health providers or other persons.
  • Acts as a resource person to health and lay communities regarding public health issues.
  • Develops multiagency databases for population data. Develops data sharing agreements and collect data on specific health conditions.
  • Uses the results of epidemiologic analyses to help formulate public health policy and recommendations, guides program planning and identify problems needing additional study.
  • Identifies and proposes evidence-based strategies to address environmental and/or social conditions resulting in adverse health outcomes, e.g. social determinants of health, health inequity issues.
  • Consults and collaborates with a broad spectrum of public health constituents and participants including local, regional, state, and federal public health officials, as well as government officials, private individuals, and senior researchers in academic setting, to guide policy-making and the development of effective public health intervention programs.
  • Assists with grant writing.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A master's degree in public health or related research-intensive field from an accredited school.


  • At least one year of related experience, which could be classified as fellowships, internships, or part-time research activities
  • Experience with community level public health initiatives
  • Experience writing assessments and reports
  • Experience using SPSS or other statistical software
  • Working knowledge with mapping and dashboard software such as Tableau

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Cortland, NY 13045: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location

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