Public Health Specialist (Surveillance Program)
Job Details
Home Office - Oklahoma City, OK
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$36,000.00 - $45,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%
Admin - Clerical

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The Public Health Specialists perform a supportive role in the OKTEC’s contact tracing/case investigation efforts. This position is a public health professional providing support to Tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian clinics in the fight against COVID-19. The Public Health Specialist is responsible for reaching out to people (contacts) who have been exposed to COVID-19 and providing health education and guidance to interrupt ongoing disease transmission. Dialogue with contacts will be guided by standard protocols to obtain any symptom history and other relevant health information, provide instructions for self-quarantine, and make appropriate referrals to testing, clinical services, and other essential support services. This position will require prioritization, prompt action, and attention to detail in documentation and data management as multiple investigations will be conducted simultaneously. Public Health Specialists are required to follow all designated scripts and comply with policies and procedures provided by the health department regarding confidentiality and data security for the handling of sensitive client information and protected health information. Under the general direction of the Project Coordinator, works in collaboration with tribes, tribal programs, Indian Health Service (IHS), state and urban programs to develop and maintain surveillance related data collection, entry, analysis, and interpretation to ensure comprehensive, quality health data are available and accessible to the Native American population in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. This includes supporting epidemiological analysis based on vital records, clinical data; participates in disease outbreak/cluster investigations; disseminates results of investigations, special studies, routine surveillance and analysis of health outcome data to tribes; assists with public health programmatic planning and evaluation; may serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community; and performs other related duties as required. 


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s in Public Health or closely related field and/or 2 years of
tribal public health experience

  • Education: Bachelor’s in Public Health or closely related field
  • Experience/Field: 2 years experience in tribal public health

Special Skills/Qualifications: Demonstrate knowledge and skills in medical informatics and the use of data sets in epidemiological methods. Must have and able to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills; presentation skills; decision making and time management skills; excellent problem solving skills; leadership and team building skills; ability to prioritize multiple projects; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive
work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with the public; maintain confidentiality; and computer skills and knowledge of technical and applicable software programs (Epi info, SAS, word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software) is required.

Competencies: Teamwork, effective communication, planning and organizing work, initiative, and problem solving.
Supervisory Authority: None
Travel: In and out of state travel may be required in the fulfillment of job requirements and training.
Equal Employment: Except for Indian Preference, consideration will be made without regard to any non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, politics, disabilities, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in any employee organization.
Reasonable Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified applicants or employees with disabilities, except when so doing would impose an undue hardship on the SPTHB.
Conditions of Employment: 1. Full-time grant funded appointment (Subject to grant continuation); 2. Applicants must possess and maintain a current State Driver’s License; 3. Climbing, walking, standing, bending, and occasionally long hours. 4. In and/or Out-of-State travel required.