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Job Description
The Research and Evaluation Office (REO) serves several important roles at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Broadly these include conducting research, public health surveillance, analysis and interpretation of public health data, and program evaluation support that focuses on understanding health equity and the determinants of health. With expertise in analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating Boston resident health-related data, the REO provides core population health functions including evaluation, informatics and epidemiological support to BPHC public health programs and initiatives, policymakers, other city agencies, community organizations and residents.

  • Works with the Public Health Surveillance Manager to design and conduct population health surveillance efforts, specifically as related to health equity and the social determinants of health
  • Identifies needs, opportunities and sources of data for further investigation in areas related to population-level health including heath equity, population groups that are typically difficult to assess, small-area estimation, and the role of the social determinants
  • Develops expertise working with various types of surveillance data, including complex survey data, birth and death data, infectious disease data, hospital billing data, and census data
  • Analyzes quantitative and qualitative surveillance data; summarizes results of the analysis and draws insightful interpretations
  • Prepares data briefs, targeted reports, online dashboards, and social media content in partnership with other program staff and community partners
  • Collects and syntheses public health literature, including peer-reviewed journal articles, for analysis of health problems and for development of proposals and reports
  • Produces data visualization content, including tables, charts, maps, infographics, online content and other descriptive formats
  • Works with BPHC programs to identify, analyze and interpret data relevant to program priorities
  • Works with other Research and Evaluation staff on data analysis for reports, presentations and data requests
  • Communicates epidemiologic information through oral presentations to both professional and non-professional audiences
  • Applies principles of informatics towards data collection, processing, and analysis in support of epidemiologic practice
  • Follows ethical guidelines and principles when conducting research and collecting, disseminating and using data
  • Uses leadership and systems thinking in epidemiologic planning and development
  • Submits applications to Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review
  • Designs, manages and regularly reviews surveillance databases
  • Performs epidemiological and statistical analyses and prepares results for review.
  • Designs Reports and Disseminates results of investigations, special studies, routine surveillance, and analyses of health outcome data
  • Supports data generation, analysis and epidemiological profiles for grant reports and applications
  • Prepares manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications
  • Attends internal and external meetings as required
  • Conceptualizes and develops research and analysis initiatives that support studies and expands surveillance capacity in those areas
  • Provides direct analytic mentoring to bureau/program staff
  • Reviews surveillance data on an on-going basis to establish baselines and identify trends
  • Performs other duties as required.

The mission of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable. The BPHC envisions a thriving Boston where all residents live healthy, fulfilling lives free of racism, poverty, violence, and other systems of oppression. The BPHC sets an expectation that all staff and leadership commit, individually and as part of the BPHC team, to hold ourselves accountable to establishing a culture of antiracism and advance racial equity and justice through each of our bureaus, programs, and offices.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in public health or related field, required or bachelor's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience, required.
  • Prior experience in designing, planning and managing of health analyses required.
  • Knowledge of public health issues including the role of social determinants of health and disparities in health outcomes
  • Knowledge of population health surveillance methods and analytics strongly preferred
  • Understanding of Epidemiology concepts and quantitative methodologies required
  • Proficiency in use of SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, and/or Epi Info required
  • Experience using R/Shiny or other data visualization software a plus;
  • Experience using ARC-GIS or other mapping software a plus;
  • Experience managing data using excel, Access, Epi Info or other database software a plus
  • Experience analyzing BRFSS, YRBS,( or other complex survey design surveys), vital records, case-mix, infectious disease and All Payers Claim Database a plus
  • Excellent oral and writing skills required.
  • Excellent organizational skills required.
  • Prior supervisory experience a plus.
  • Bilingual preferred
  • Experience working with community groups preferred.

Additional Information
City of Boston Residency Required, A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., This position requires direct client/patient contact and as a result of such direct contact, certain immunizations will be recommended and/or required prior to commencement of employment duties., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, This is a grant funded position, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are eligible to apply

Union Status


Pay Range
$1,360.21 - $1,625.57/Weekly

35 hours/week Monday - Friday