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Program Associate - Waterborne Diseases at Public Health Management Corporation

Program Associate - Waterborne Diseases

Public Health Management Corporation Philadelphia, PA Full Time
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The position of the Waterborne Disease Program Associate is a full-time position within the Acute Communicable Disease (ACD) program of the Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The ACD program is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases with the exception of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. The position requires working in a multidisciplinary team with disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, and environmental health specialists in addressing water-related public health concerns. 

Specific Duties:  

This position is a grant-funded position and requires occasional availability after-hours. The person filling this position will participate in disease investigations, epidemiological and scientific studies, and educational outreach efforts specific to waterborne disease. Key activities of this position include:

  • Maintaining and populating a database of cooling towers within the City of Philadelphia
  • Acting as liaison between ACD, building owners and operators, laboratories, and water remediation/treatment companies
  • Executing evaluation protocols for cooling tower maintenance plans
  • Providing data analysis support for projects examining microbial contamination of cooling towers and trends in waterborne disease epidemiology
  • Conducting waterborne disease case investigations and completing case-classification and review
  • Assisting in waterborne disease outbreak investigations including field assessments
  • Providing Waterborne Disease Surveillance Coordinator with support in the generation of routine disease trend reports
  • Coordinating internal trainings and tabletop exercises for epidemiologists, disease investigators, and environmental health staff regarding microbial contamination and remediation of building water systems and pools
  • Developing and distributing educational materials for building owners and operators regarding cooling tower maintenance and pathogen control in building water systems
  • Supporting public health education campaigns regarding waterborne disease prevention and water system maintenance, including the organization of educational workshops for building/facility owners and operators
  • Managing special projects associated with water-associated health outcomes/concerns
  • Participating in project-related conference calls, meetings, and trainings as required
  • Participating in emergency preparedness exercises and response activities including activities related to COVID-19 response

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • The applicant must have a Master’s degree, preferably in epidemiology or related public health field. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related field, with comparable work experience, will also be considered. 
  • The position requires familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Access and Excel or similar data management software. Knowledge of SAS and GIS software or previous data management experience is also favorable.
  • A valid driver’s license is required in order to facilitate local travel for investigative and project activities.
  • The individual in this position should have excellent communications skills, both oral and written, and ability to work well in team-settings. He or she should enjoy challenging work that requires both meticulous attention to detail and the opportunity to work in a dynamic urban health department.

Contact Information: 

  • To apply for this position please send cover letter and resume or CV via email to Dana Perella, Acute Communicable Disease Program Manager, [ Link removed ] - URL blocked - click to apply by May 14, 2021.
  • Please name materials in the following convention: LastName_FirstName_Document (e.g. resume or cover letter). Include in the subject line Waterborne Disease Program Associate. For questions regarding the position please contact the Division of Disease Control at

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Philadelphia, PA

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