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Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
JOB #R2102182

Public Health Data Analyst (SAS/SUDAAN)

Our public health group is growing and we’re currently seeking a Public Health Data Analyst, primarily using SAS and SUDAAN, to work in Atlanta, GA on location at the CDC. Safety of our employees are our top priority, due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so. Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and management leadership.

The Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention−Surveillance and Epidemiology (DHAP−SE) provides national leadership for HIV prevention research and surveillance and the development and testing of effective biomedical interventions to reduce HIV transmission and HIV disease progression in the United States and internationally. The purpose of these activities is to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based HIV prevention programs serving persons affected by, or at risk for, HIV infection. Branches of DHAP-SE include:

  • The Epidemiology Branch designs and conducts epidemiologic, behavioral, and biomedical intervention studies in the United States and internationally to determine risk factors and modes of transmission of HIV infection and to reduce HIV infection and disease progression.
  • The HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch conducts a national program of surveillance and research to monitor and characterize the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and its determinants and impact, to guide public health action at federal, state, and local levels. This program includes surveillance of HIV infection and AIDS in collaboration with state and local health departments to provide population-based data for research, evaluation, and prevention at the national, state, and local levels.
  • The Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch implements scientifically rigorous HIV research studies and surveillance systems that meet critical local, state, and national HIV prevention needs for characterizing persons who are at risk for HIV infection or who have recently acquired HIV or have HIV-related morbidities. The branch also develops and demonstrates best practices of laboratory and prevention technologies to efficiently move them from development into public health practice.


The Public Health Data Analyst, primarily using SAS and SUDAAN, will manage and analyze quantitative epidemiological, clinical and/or behavioral data and provide output in the format requested. Some specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Data Analysis

  • Conduct analysis and interpretation of data in SAS and SUDAAN.
  • Enter definitions of variables for survey questionnaires, including variable names, range labels, default values, and question strings.
  • Generate data retrievals and summary outputs.
  • Support dissemination and reporting of data to stakeholders.
  • Write SAS programs to generate surveillance reports.
  • Provide routine analysis and interpretation of data, as well as data entry, coding, and transcription.
  • Develop presentation graphics; Including MS Office products (PowerPoint,Word, Excel).
  • Perform literature searches and summarize findings from the resulting literature.

Data Management

  • Develop SAS programs for managing and validating data.
  • Review output from the SAS programs, identify problems in the output (to make corrections in the way data are collected)
  • Review data error logs to ensure that requested data modifications are done according to the protocol. 
  • Identify errors/omissions of variable formats or labels.
  • Document problems and proposed corrections before finalizing the data set.  
  • Review the data files to document problems and proposed corrections needed to be made to finalize the data set.
  • Review the quality of the weights as indicated.
  • Review SAS programs to ensure data quality or process the data.  Document problems with the SAS program and any proposed corrections needed to finalize the data. SAS programs are used to conduct monitoring and assessment activities. The contractor shall generate SAS programs for this purpose, review the output, and generate a summary.
  • Review the SAS programs generated to create analysis variables for the cycle by comparing the code with similar SAS code known to be valid for creating the variable (e.g., from past cycles or another programmer) or by generating cross-tabulations of the variables comprising the analysis variables.
  • Assist with setting up spreadsheets, including entering column and row titles, defining cell formats, entering previously defined formulas, and exporting results for use in other software packages.
  • Merge data from different sources; conduct necessary steps to ensure quality of the resulting merge.
  • Assist with developing data management processes and protocols.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, statistics, or related field.
  • 2 years SAS experience.
  • 2 years SUADAAN experience.
  • 2 years of experience in generating SAS-based reports using a variety of methods (e.g., PROC REPORT, PROC TABULATE) and exporting those reports to other formats such as Microsoft Excel, PDF, and HTML.
  • 2 years developing data management & analysis plans and data dictionaries in a public health setting.
  • Skill in manipulating and cleaning data using a variety of SAS functions, formats/informats, macros, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple data sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor and assess data to ensure data quality, including accuracy and completeness.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in public health, statistics, or related field.
  • Knowledge of public health promotion programs (knowledge/experience with HIV prevention research/programs desirable).
  • Knowledge of behavioral and social science research methods.
  • Experience assisting with research papers or presentations.

Professional Skills:

  • Detail oriented and able to create meticulous documentation of variables, datasets and data attributes
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability work as a member of a diverse team.  
  • Commitment to generating accurate data and products.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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