Statistician (Health)

Rockville, Maryland
Nov 26, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time

  • Design, develop and deploy public health informatics tools, including front-end, back-end and middle-ware to enable surveillance and population-based studies of health status. Develop, evaluate and implement the integration of different aspects of public health informatics such as decision support, predictive modeling, and risk stratification using clinical informatics systems from heterogeneous data sources for disease and immunization surveillance and reporting.
  • Translate systems requirements into applications prototypes; plan and design systems and applications architecture; write, debug, and maintain programming computer code for databases and statistical analysis using standardized vocabularies for public health information; determine output media/formats; design user interfaces.
  • Establish appropriate data security provisions and protocols to enable access to and maintenance of public health data and personal health information.
  • Develop policies and procedures for public health informatics access and security and conduct and write professional documentation of work performed for both internal and external consumption including technical presentations, peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications.
  • Conduct assessments of the public health informatics environment, synthesize pertinent information and identify implications for planning and development and provide expert support for routine data collection, assess adequacy and quality of data, formulate, and execute statistical studies, for the purpose of identifying, analyzing, and reporting on public health problems.


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all selectees prior to entrance on duty.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .

Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: Managing health data projects and/or programs using programming libraries or tools; and collaborating with public health researchers in collecting, managing, and preserving health data. Coordinating the management of health data and data systems. Initiating, formulating, planning, executing and controlling major statistical studies and projects. Serve as a consultant and advisor to top-level subject matter specialists or agency officials for broad public health research. Applying and communicating data trends or relationships and recommends organizational and business strategies to inform decisions. Developing and initiating health data and surveillance impacting policy and interpretation of resources requirement to establish statistical program management protocols, strategies and objectives for data collection, design and release between government agencies, stakeholders and tribal entities.

Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: .

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit .

Additional information

The closing date of this announcement has been extended. Applicants who applied may still be considered and do not need to apply again, unless submitting updated, additional and/or missing information.

Episodic and/or Part-time telework is available under the IHS Flexible Workplace Arrangement Program (FWAP).

This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-22-HQ-11289180-DE; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Per IHS policy ( SGM 21-04 ) and E.O. 14043 , IHS selectees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entry on duty or have IHS approve a medical or religious exemption. If an exemption is approved then wearing a face mask is required. Regular testing for COVID-19 will be required for staff located in federally operated hospitals, health centers, and clinics. Your Human Resources Specialist will provide a list of documents acceptable as vaccination proof and instructions for submitting a request for a legally required exception, if needed.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: .

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