COVID-19 Severe Disease Surveillance Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 12/28/2020

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Job Description

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Acute Communicable Disease Program (ACD), is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases in Philadelphia with the exception of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. The ACD program is made up of disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, and laboratory technicians who coordinate regularly with local healthcare facilities, laboratories, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Philadelphia residents to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

The Severe Disease Surveillance Coordinator will take a lead role in the identification and monitoring of severely ill COVID-19 cases including hospitalizations, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). This position will coordinate electronic and traditional reporting from hospitals and manage related datasets. This position will work closely with the Acute Communicable Disease Program Manager, Respiratory Virus Surveillance Team, and Epidemiologists to conduct surveillance for severe COVID-19 infections.

This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

Specific Duties:

  • Lead the coordination of severe COVID-19 disease reporting from hospitals via electronic and traditional reporting methods.
  • Maintain relationships with reporting sites (i.e., hospital infection preventionists) and work with hospital contacts to obtain complete information on severe COVID-19 infections.
  • Conduct data management activities for severe COVID surveillance including data entry, case classification, and cleaning.
  • Conduct dataset comparisons and construct datasets for importation into the PDPH Communicable Disease Management System (surveillance database).
  • Develop, generate, and review reports to identify possible healthcare-associated COVID-19 infections and cases co-infected with other respiratory viruses.
  • Maintain MIS-C reporting from pediatric hospitals and submission of cases to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Review MIS-C case report forms and as needed, conduct medical record abstractions to obtain case report form detail for MIS-C cases.      
  • Work with health informatics staff to improve disease reporting and data transmission via electronic mechanisms including electronic case reporting.
  • Support other COVID-related data management tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in epidemiology or a related public health or laboratory field
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to organize and present information effectively
  • Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills, excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar, and public speaking
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Access and Excel or similar data management software.
  • Knowledge of SAS software or previous data management experience is highly desirable
  • Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes
  • Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in a dynamic urban health department.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions. The position requires responding to public health emergencies and at times requires rapid turnaround of communications on short notice.


  • This position reports directly to the PDPH Acute Communicable Disease Program Manager.