Overview

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the entire population as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending upon the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Communicable Disease Specialist 2 within the Fulton County Health Department (District 3-2) in Atlanta, GA.

Won’t you join us?

The Communicable Disease Specialist 2 will perform duties related to identifying and obtaining treatment for carriers of contagious diseases. Responsibilities include identifying target populations, conducting epidemiological investigations, administering tuberculin skin tests, obtaining laboratory samples, and making referrals for social/community services.

This is a GRANT FUNDED position and is subject to available grant funds.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Interview clients with or suspected to have communicable diseases.
  • Recruit clients into appropriate prevention programs.
  • Obtains medical and epidemiological histories.
  • Conducts home visits to educate and assess patients’ progress.
  • Applies tuberculosis skin tests, performs phlebotomy, and collects sputum samples.
  • Collects, organizes, prepares and reports verified cases of tuberculosis to the State Tuberculosis Control Unit.
  • Conducts epidemiological investigations of disease contacts, assesses risk factors, refers clients to clinic for follow-up and provides appropriate services to patients dually infected with tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • Maintains patient files, vouchers, and other documents and reports in accordance with federal and state regulations.
  • Provides health education to community organizations, schools, and groups regarding sexual and other health issues.
  • Assists patients in obtaining referrals to social/community services.
  • Assists in identifying and obtaining treatment for incarcerated patients with contagious diseases.
  • Provide training in disease investigation as required.
  • Works as Hospital Liaison for patients in hospitals for coordination of care.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university AND Six months of related experience

OR

Associate’s degree from an accredited college AND Two years of experience in a related area

OR

Four years of experience in a medical related field

OR

licensure as a registered nurse AND One year of nursing experience

OR

One year of experience at the lower level (HCP080) position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the Minimum Qualifications, possess the following:

  • Experience working in a public health setting.
  • Experience in providing educational sessions to the public and healthcare providers.
  • Knowledge of communicable diseases, especially Tuberculosis.
  • Skill in interviewing/counseling.
  • Ability to provide good customer service.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to public health.
  • Ability to coordinate surveillance through collection and monitoring of data.
  • Ability to identify and teach others to identify unusual occurrences of disease.
  • Computer and organizational skills.
  • Reliable Transportation required.
  • Valid State of Georgia Driver’s License or Proof of Mobility Equivalent may be requested.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION AT www.dph.georgia.gov