(Graduate Intern) Data Science and Epidemiology

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on November 18, 2022
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Attention: Graduate students interested in public health informatics and/or forensic epidemiology! 

Public Health-Seattle & King County is looking for students to work with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office creating a FHIR R4 compliant data flow between our case management system and the state’s vital records system. This position offers an opportunity for students interested in public health informatics to get familiar with local and state data systems, acquire and develop applied forensic epidemiology skills, and gain first hand experience on improving data interoperability between different agencies. This student will work closely with highly trained and experienced informaticians, epidemiologists, and public health practitioners at Public Health – Seattle & King County, and interact frequently with those working at the state level and at national professional organizations.

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/equity     

Job Duties

  • Assist with creating a FHIR R4 compliant data flow from the state’s vital records system to KCMEO’s case management system, including installing a FHIR R4 client and other necessary software and performing system testing to verify and validate FHIR response messages 
  • Support troubleshooting of any message routing issues during FHIR Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD) interactions 
  • Help coordinate with multiple stakeholders internal and external to KCMEO, including data system users, software providers, project sponsors, and technical supporting groups, to make sure technical needs and project requirements are met
  • Draft reports and presentation slides to summarize weekly achievements and issues encountered across testing participants
  • Develop an understanding of the uses of the systems, what they need from each other through data flow, and what they will need in the future
  • Participate in project meetings with different stakeholders as needed
  • Assist with code posting to a GitHub repository as needed 
  • Query SQL database and other data sources in preparation for internal and external data requests
  • Clean data, which may include manual data entry, in preparation for analysis, quality assurance and reporting
  • Provide constructive advice for data process optimization as needed
  • Perform other job-related duties at KCMEO as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Education, skills and strong interest in information technology/computer science, epidemiology, public health, or related field 
  • Experience or skills in application development or database administration OR any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the classification
  • Motivated to complete assignments in a timely manner with high quality 
  • Interest and ability to actively engage in project, ask questions, point out plan flaws, and propose constructive suggestions when appropriate
  • Communicate openly, clearly and professionally with collaborating team members
  • Willingness to learn new skills and use new tools when needed
  • Ability to own and learn from mistakes, failures as well as successes and achievements
  • Availability to work 16 or more hours/week
  • Previous experience or knowledge on FHIR R4 compliant software and developing, installing, and maintaining FHIR communications
  • Interest in a career in public health informatics or forensic epidemiology
  • Familiarity with GitHub repositories
  • Proficiency with SQL query development for table joining and data selection

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer:
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply:
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to the general public.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Supplemental Questions with complete, thorough answers. Answers that say "see resume" will be considered incomplete.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
WORK SCHEDULE:  This internship will be from 16 to 40 hours per week. We strive to have flexibility to work around school schedules, but the student must have daytime availability.

WORK LOCATION: Harborview Medical Center, Medical Examiner’s Office located at 908 Jefferson St., Seattle WA 98104.

The work associated with this position may have the possibility of teleworking. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.   

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, sdunkinson@kingcounty.gov  

This position is not eligible for King County leave, holiday, insured, or other benefits.  Please contact the recruiter on the posting for any additional questions regarding associated benefits.

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