Overview

The Chief State Epidemiologist (CSE) is a key leadership position for DSHS and functions within the executive team.

The CSE is responsible for leading the Office of the Chief State Epidemiologist (OCSE), which was established in Texas statute in 2021 and charged with providing data-driven expertise for public health activities and policies in Texas. The OCSE is comprised of over 80 staff and currently includes the Center for Health Statistics, as well as the Deputy State Epidemiologist, Data Governance Director, Senior Scientific Advisor, and their respective teams.

The CSE must be a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas, be board certified in a medical specialty, and have significant experience in public health. Beyond leading the OCSE, the CSE serves as the department expert on epidemiological matters. In addition, the CSE serves as a representative of DSHS and a point of contact for many stakeholders, including federal agencies, national organizations, and Texas-based health departments, healthcare providers, and health organizations.

The ideal candidate has a strong public health background, solid grasp of epidemiological methods and surveillance systems, comfort with public speaking, and demonstrated leadership experience. The individual in this position must be an expert collaborator adept at maintaining and fostering relationships with internal staff, representatives from other agencies, healthcare providers, and other external stakeholders.

Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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About Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Health and Human Services — which includes the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services — has hundreds of programs and services that help more than 7 million Texans a month live better lives, and it’s our strong foundation of dedicated people who make it happen every single day.