Are you passionate about epidemiology and emergency preparedness? The Hennepin County Public Health Department is seeking a student currently enrolled in a Public Health graduate degree program to come join their Epidemiology division as an intern. This position will focus on updating the Health Alert Network (HAN) system, the system used to share urgent infectious disease information with health care providers. This intern will also work with the epidemiology team on disease investigations and outbreaks as assigned. This is an excellent opportunity for Public Health students interested in infectious disease epidemiology or emergency preparedness.
Location and hours:
This position is remote. Remote workers may be required to come on-site an average of 0 to 12 days a year for work meetings, trainings, or for any other reasons that their supervisor may deem necessary (may include additional days for onboarding and new employee training). Supervisors will provide as much advance notice as practicable. This internship will start in June 2023 through January 2024 with the potential to extend. The intern will work 20 hours per week. Work hours are flexible between 8 am - 4:30 pm. While these positions are designated as remote, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
In this position you will:
Update the Health Alert Network (HAN) system by reaching out via telephone to existing clinical and hospital partners in Hennepin County to add a second contact to the system.
Provide education to clinical partners about the importance of the HAN system.
Review clinics not currently on the HAN list; reach out to these clinics to identify recipients.
Create a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) to document this process.
Assist with special epidemiology and infectious disease projects as assigned (e.g., foodborne outbreaks, infectious disease outbreaks).
Need to have:
Current enrollment or a recent graduate (within 6 months) in a master’s degree program in public health (epidemiology, emergency preparedness, community health, maternal and child health, environmental health) or related field.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both on the telephone and in written form
Nice to have:
Working with individuals over the telephone.
Providing health education.
Working with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives
Using Microsoft Office Applications or Google application equivalents.
Databases and statistical analysis programs.
An interest in epidemiology, emergency preparedness, or infectious diseases.