Public Health Informatician

The MITRE Corporation
Full time Full day
Atlanta, GA

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The research and development centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.


Through the Health federally- funded research and development center (FFRDC), MITRE exclusively serves in the public interest and helps to bring world-class expertise to bear on key challenges facing the nation. MITRE operates the Health FFRDC on behalf of US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). MITRE serves as an objective, independent, not for profit advisor supporting many of the complex analysis and critical thinking requirements that encompass business, policy, technology, and operational interests across HHS.


The Health FFRDC is growing rapidly, particularly through increasing engagements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These efforts are exceptional opportunities to have a substantial impact on public health matters of national and international importance. MITRE is seeking additional staff skilled in public health informatics to work on Health FFRDC engagements that will have a marked and long-lasting impact on the health of the American people and interests.


Key Functions:


The successful candidate will be part of MITRE teams that advise federal, state, and local stakeholders as these agencies seek to modernize their public health data and technology infrastructure. In this role, candidates will advise the government on the best public health tools and resources needed to improve timeliness, completeness, and quality of reporting to public health agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Candidates' recommendations will inform federal agency decision-making on how their technology and data management choices support appropriate and effective exchange of information between public health entities and between public health and partner organizations. Candidates in this role will also advise federal agencies around data and technology solutions that support evidence-based intervention strategies that reduce morbidity and mortality.


Candidates will apply their knowledge of the broad principles of computer science, information sciences, and behavioral and management sciences to enable effective public health research, surveillance, response, and evaluation that will support improved decision making for these federal agencies They will lead and manage multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of health and non-health related backgrounds to develop solutions that serve the federal governments' efforts to modernize their data and technology infrastructure. Successful candidates will ensure that these multi-disciplinary teams consider the unique aspects of public health informatics in their problem-solving activities. They will develop reports and presentations for both lay and professional public health audiences that effectively communicate findings and promote recommendations to improve efficacy. They will also support and coordinate multi-site, multi-agency, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to help advance key national public health objectives.


The ideal candidate for this role understands that informatics is not merely the application of data science, analytics, or management science. Rather, it is the synthesis of these fields to support the transformation of raw data into useable information through the integration of those fields with behavioral science.


Required Qualifications:




  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in either public health science or informatics




  • 7 or more years applied experience working at a local, state, tribal, territorial, or federal public health agency




  • Applied expertise working with public health information systems, open data sources, and data standards




  • Applied expertise working with public health data sets conducting data analyses and quality assurance practices, and storing data efficiently




  • Applied expertise in electronic information exchange between public health data systems and other information systems



  • Provide translation between information technology experts and public health and health care subject matter experts


Preferred Qualifications:


The ideal candidate will also have some of the following experience:




  • Creating and leveraging resources through collaborative public and private partnerships to advance public health goals




  • Working with the Federal Government in a consulting or advisory role




  • Convening and leading stakeholder groups




  • Knowledge of public health response, especially as concerns public health surveillance, interventions




  • Knowledge of critical public health internal and external stakeholders at the state, tribal, local or territorial levels and/or working with CDC




  • Knowledge of state and federal public health laws, including public health reporting



  • Knowledge of advanced statistical methods used in cutting-edge epidemiologic analyses


Desired education: The successful candidate will have a master's or doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health Informatics, or a related field (MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH)


Minimum Qualifications: BS and 10 years related experience in public health informatics OR a masters degree and 7 years related experience

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