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Epidemiologist (207958)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment:
  • Topeka (Full-Time)

Posted: Jul 26, 2023


Job Description:

Our agency head is Secretary Janet Stanek, who was appointed by Governor Kelly in Dec 2021. We are made up of three divisions: Public Health, Environment, and Health Care Finance (which includes KanCare). We are the only agency in the nation to have these three entities under one roof. This allows us to take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of all Kansans.

We are seeking an epidemiologist within our Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Response Section to support the viral hepatitis program in Kansas by overseeing hepatitis A, B, and C investigations, analyzing surveillance data and detecting clusters/outbreaks. This position will assist with linking patients with hepatitis C to testing and care. This position permits a hybrid in-office/remote work schedule.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in the epidemiologist on-call rotation providing 24-hour technical assistance to the general public, local health departments, and healthcare professionals.
  • Provide technical assistance to LHDs for investigation of complex or unusual infectious disease cases and contacts, including if such a disease report constitutes a case and provide guidance on how to conduct that investigation.
  • Coordinate with the Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention to provide oversight of internal investigations and linkage to testing and care.
  • Review investigation data for completeness and quality of all viral hepatitis data and create annual reports of analysis of surveillance data to drive future activities.
  • Utilize geospatial software to detect clusters/outbreaks of all viral hepatitis types.
  • Create and maintain outbreak response plans.



The minimum level of education and experience required to perform the job.

  • Master’s In public health or Masters of Science degree

Licensing & Certification: 

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

  • Experience in applied epidemiology or statistical analysis
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail
  • SAS, R, other statistical packages
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with colleagues and outside partners
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive analyses on disease surveillance data
  • Ability to apply computers for the manipulation, analysis, and management of infectious disease data
  • Familiarity of an electronic disease surveillance system

About the Position: 

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply:

Specific instructions for applying, which might include submitting a resume, cover letter, list of references, or completing an online application.

  • Please include the Job ID number (207958) when emailing.

Job Application Process:  Only applications submitted within our State of Kansas Careers Portal will be considered.

  • First Sign in or register as a New User at
  • Complete or update your contact information on the State of Kansas Careers Portal > My Contact Information page. *This information is included on all your job applications.
  • Upload required documents listed for each specific job posting.
  • Start your draft job application, upload other required documents, and Submit when it is complete.
    • Manage your draft and submitted applications on the Careers> My Job Applications page.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    • Email – sent to the Preferred email on the My Contact Information page
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Contact Information:

[email protected]

Salary Range

$ 24.48 to 30.49