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ID
12-509-1050
Name
Epidemiologist
Status
Published
Updated
1/16/2020 2:48:14 PM
Released
03/04/2008
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Environmental Response/Health and Safety
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Epidemiologist performs epidemiological assessment and analysis
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Epidemiological Response Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Provides leadership for scientific analysis and public health research
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1. Manages and provides professional guidance for a team of individuals conducting advanced epidemiological services 2. Ensures communication with various audiences in timely and relevant manner 3. Provides epidemiological perspective in the development and analysis of public health policies
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1. Manages and provides professional guidance for a team of individuals conducting basic epidemiological services 2. Recommends evidence-based interventions and control measures 3. Interfaces with public health assessment teams, environmental health teams, other public health disciplines, and laboratories 4. Coordinates with public health agencies, jurisdictional Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical, and health care coalitions
Type 4The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 4 Epidemiologist: 1. Performs epidemiological assessment and analysis 2. Applies basic public health sciences to public health practice 3. Uses basic epidemiology communication skills 4. Works in a culturally competent manner to integrate community dimensions into epidemiological practice 5. Develops and supports systems thinking by examining the linkages and interactions between the components of a system 6. Supports the application of epidemiological knowledge to the development and analysis of public health policies
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1A combination of ten years of post-high school education and experience, in accordance with CSTE Tier 3b Epidemiologist requirements
Type 2A combination of ten years of post-high school education and experience, in accordance with Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Tier 3a Epidemiologist requirements
Type 3A combination of eight years of post-high school education and experience, in accordance with CSTE Tier 2 Epidemiologist requirements
Type 4A combination of six years of post-high school education and experience, in accordance with Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Tier 1 Epidemiologist requirements
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 2. ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents
Type 4Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. Training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness 6. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection 7. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens 8. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Packaging and Shipping Division 6.2 Materials or equivalent packaging and shipping training 9. Training in use of epidemiological software to perform epidemiology investigations, analysis, and reporting
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: Two years of work experience in epidemiology
Type 3Two years of work experience in epidemiology in a public health agency
Type 4Not Specified
Physical/Medical Fitness1. The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions. 2. PPE is mission-specific and may vary by working environment, including protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposures, eye and hearing protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41. Moderate 2. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CDC’s recommended adult immunization schedule for the United States of America 3. Is able to work while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within past 12 months; sex-offender registry check; and a local, state, and a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every two years 2. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and Certifications1. The NIMS Type 4 Epidemiologist requirements are consistent with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Tier 1 Epidemiologist requirements. 2. The NIMS Type 3 Epidemiologist requirements are consistent with the CSTE Tier 2 Epidemiologist requirements. 3. The NIMS Type 2 Epidemiologist requirements are consistent with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Tier 3a Epidemiologist requirements. 4. The NIMS Type 1 Epidemiologist requirements are consistent with the CSTE Tier 3b Epidemiologist requirements.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position may be specified as a “Disaster Epidemiologist” who has training and experience in field epidemiology, applied disaster epidemiology methods, emergency response, and the Incident Command System
1102
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Epidemiological Response Team
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies, 2008