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State of Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring and Drug Control Program Epidemiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Bureau of Health Professions Licensure (BHPL) is comprised of the ten Boards of Registration and Certification and the Drug Control Program and Prescription Monitoring Program. This position will support the Prescription Monitoring and Drug Control Program (PMP/DCP). DCP promotes access to safe and effective pharmaceutical care services in Massachusetts and protects consumers against fraud, deception and unsafe practices in the distribution, handling and use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The PMP is a tool that supports safe prescribing and dispensing and assists in addressing prescription drug misuse and abuse. To support the goals of the Program, our candidates’ primary responsibility is to help design and conduct program-related epidemiological surveillance activities including epidemiological and statistical analyses of PMP data.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Conducts epidemiological and statistical analyses of Prescription Monitoring Program data to determine trends including incidence and prevalence of medical and non-medical use of narcotic and other controlled substances.

  • Recommends standards for and assists in the conduct of data quality assurance and control.

  • Prepares and presents statistical and epidemiological reports.

  • Provides epidemiological analysis to inform establishment of criteria for generation of unsolicited reports for providers.

  • Recommends standards for and assists in auditing data of end user transactions on the MA Online PMP portal.

  • Collaborates on the development and/or selection of epidemiological study designs and methodological techniques for research efforts using PMP and other DPH data sources.

  • Prepares and presents evidence-based analyses to inform the development of regulations and policies.

  • Participates in the registration and reporting activities required by the Pharmaceutical Code of Conduct.

  • Performs other duties as required.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Master’s in Public Health, Epidemiology or a relevant field with at least five (5) years of experience.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology, techniques of data quality assurance and control, controlled substance prescription drug products and the problems of drug misuse, abuse and diversion.

  • General understanding of federal and state laws and regulations governing controlled substances.

  • Experience as a SAS programmer (version 9.4 or above).

  • Familiarity with geographic information systems (experience using ArcInfo/ArcView).

  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of epidemiological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations while assessing data quality.

  • Capacity to draft effective technical reports for medical, scientific and lay audiences.

  • Demonstrated experience with data management and analysis, research methods, and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data including statistical report writing, survey design and development.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

_Agency Mission:_*

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The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

_Total Compensation:_

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As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Offer Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visithttp://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least one (1) year must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

II. A Master’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology,, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience.

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An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Science

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Prescription Monitoring and Drug Control Program Epidemiologist

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-239 Causeway Street

Requisition ID: 180008LS

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