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Chief, Division of Outbreak Investigation

Recruitment #17-002589-0003




PHPA, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

Within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration's mission is to protect, promote, and improve the health and well-being of Marylanders and their families through provision of public health leadership and community based public health efforts in partnership with local health departments, providers, community based organizations, and public and private sector agencies, giving special attention to at risk and vulnerable populations.

The Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response (OIDEORB) maintains surveillance for, and conducts or supports local health department activities related to the investigation and control of infectious diseases and outbreaks. The Chief of the Division of Outbreak Investigation (DOOI) is responsible for the epidemiological investigation and control of outbreaks and other manifestations of the communicable diseases or certain reportable conditions in Maryland; these functions are critical in decreasing the risk of continued disease transmission. In addition, this position: plans, organizes, and supervises activities of professional staff in the Outbreak Division; directs the daily operations and workflow of the Division; develops guidelines and policies for the Division and Local Health Departments; evaluates the effectiveness and timeliness of outbreak response activities; serves as a liaison with other state and federal units; provides guidance and technical assistance to local health department programs; responds, or manages responses to requests for release of information from attorneys, the media and the public; reviews the budget involving the Division; participates in Office for Infectious Disease Bureau (IDB) leadership meetings; prepares educational materials; and plans, organizes, and presents seminars, and workshops for State and local disease investigators


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year to year basis for the required general experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year to year basis for the required education and experience.


The successful applicant should have supervisory experience and previous experience in the prevention and control of acute communicable diseases (excluding HIV and/or STDs) at a local, state or federal public health agency, and be able to conduct epidemiologic studies of and perform investigations of such cases.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated.  The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work.  For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Applicants certified to list will receive eligibility for a period of one (1) year.  Eligibility may be extended beyond one (1) year period.

Online applications are highly recommended, however the paper application may be submitted to DHMH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If you need to submit additional information, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-5689.

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact the DHMH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251 or via email at

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: (410) 767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.



As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.