Communicable Disease Investigator

Immunization Program (Lentz)

$39,361.80 per year
Medical, dental, life, pension, paid leave and holidays, etc.

Position Description:

Metro Nashville Public Health (MPHD) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Communicable Disease Investigator (CDI) to lead the MPHD unit responsible for the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases throughout Nashville and Davidson County. The ideal candidate will have experience in public health field work, and knowledge of immunizations, control, and investigation in a community health program.

Typical Duties: Performs a variety of investigative and staff work, including interviewing and counseling individuals in the prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Consults with the entire Nashville healthcare community to enlist and maintain their cooperation in a program of communicable disease reporting, prevention and control.
Conducts health fairs, educational lectures, mass screenings and testing procedures for various community groups concerning personal behaviors and activities which contribute to disease prevention and transmission.
Locates transports and engages persons exposed to communicable diseases to obtain medical evaluation and treatment. May provide medication to patients as needed.
Makes collateral contacts to obtain pertinent information concerning other individuals who may have been exposed or infected and to initiate partner notification and contact tracing.
Maintains compliance with established laws, regulations, policies and protocols related to disease control and prevention.
Counsels clients regarding preventative measures, test results, program services, procedural guidelines, medical and social services available and makes referrals as appropriate.
Conducts case investigations on infected patients. Documents case histories and possible infection sources and promptly enters and/or updates case information into program databases.
May review medical records of various health care facilities to abstract communicable disease data and encourages and reinforces the specific health care plans initiated by medical professionals. Strict maintenance of confidential patient information.
Prepares case reports, program narratives and may submit statistical and other related reports.
Keeps current with local, national and international disease trends and outbreaks.
Collects and tracks laboratory specimens and performs testing.
Supports and participates in departmental response to disaster/emergency events.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in the Social Sciences, Public Health, or related field. Knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to public health agencies.
Knowledge of community organizations and resources applicable to program needs and objectives.
Proficient in medical terminology.
Ability to interview, counsel, and communicate effectively with patients.
Ability to work with diverse populations and to work as member of interdisciplinary team.

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply, however at the present time MPHD is not sponsoring individuals through any of the US Government’s employment-based immigration programs.
Valid class “D” driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and maintenance of valid personal vehicle insurance as required by Tennessee Law.

Preferred Skills and Abilities
Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Ability to work with diverse populations and to work as member of interdisciplinary team.
Two (2) years of successful progressively responsible full-time paid employment in related field.