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Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
JOB #R2001402

Public Health IT Specialist

Our public health group is growing and we’re currently seeking a Public Health IT Specialist to work in Atlanta, GA, sitting onsite with CDC.

The successful candidate will perform the following general tasks:

  • CDC will provide case record corrections to update master databases. Approximately 10 – 30 records per month may need corrected data input into the databases. 
  • Provide IT development support of a master program analytic dataset combining data from all the related program databases.
  • Create Word documents and update monthly describing the operation of four program databases including such items as the individual data field variables, history and description of modifications to the database, versions, and screen shots without personally identifiable information.
  • For possible data linkages between project databases, provide program specifications and identify any advantages, disadvantages, potential problems, and solutions in a brief written document. 
  • If needed due to new or changing data variables, modify the a surveillance database and an Access database. 
  • For any programming in the .NET or Access databases, implement and document the Rules of Behavior.
  • Provide description of possible options for improving functionality of the study databases.  Document such information as each option’s advantages, disadvantages, and the estimated short term (less than 1 year) timeline.
  • Maintain and modify data system source code (VB, Access, and SQL) on a CDC secure shared drive to ensure proper functioning of the data systems including user tools.  Update stored procedures .NET code files on a CDC shared drive.
  • Ensure that medical record abstractor study laptops have the current version of the abstraction software and updated database.
  • Perform a data query and create data files from the surveillance and program databases. In addition, create flat data files and subset data files from the databases monthly.  Files can be in Excel, SAS, or csv. 
  • Periodically throughout the year at unforeseen times, medical record abstractors working on related studies may have trouble entering surveillance data into the appropriate database and may bring their laptops into the office.  Determine the software or hardware problem and actions to fix it.  Usually, the solution is to download the current version of the database back to the abstractor’s laptop.  Occasionally, a replacement laptop is needed and will be provided by CDC. 
  • Travel to grantee sites to troubleshoot CDC systems 1-2 times a year.
  • Run and print a monthly case report in Word or Access for study database systems showing the routing status (newly entered, sent to clinician, needing to be abstracted, sent to the study leads, etc.) of participant case data.
  • Perform data transfer of study data and, for any unforeseen issues, identify the cause of the problems and possible solutions.  Take corrective action such as modifying the programming code.
  • Perform updates on study cases with data from forms that need to be transferred to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 
  • Maintain study master file data sets on a CDC server shared drive.  Maintenance is defined as adapting the database to a changing IT environment throughout the year at unforeseen times, ensuring data back-ups are performed each week, and that data are viewed daily to ensure no corruption or loss of data.
  • Transfer updated surveillance databases back to grantees.
  • Transfer surveillance information from the database on each of the abstractors’ laptops into the master database on the CDC secure server; synchronize, and download the newly replicated data onto each abstractor’s laptop.
  • For the existing relational Access database to store surveillance data, transfer individual grantee data files into the master database on the CDC server. 

Education:  Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Computer Programming, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or a related field.

Experience:  Minimum of 5 years.

Candidate must have demonstrable experience working with:

Application Development Languages

Microsoft .Net Framework including VB.Net & ASP.Net

Back-end Database Technologies

MS Access

SQL Server

Statistical Programming Technologies

R and R studio



Microsoft Excel

Optional Technologies

SharePoint Online


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