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PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATOR

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Los Angeles, CA

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Job Description
EXAM NUMBER:
PH5645B
FIRST DAY OF FILING:
10/6/2015
Beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
Open Competitive Job Opportunity
DEFINITION:
Enforces laws, ordinances, and regulations for the control of communicable and selected non-communicable diseases; locates, counsels and refers offenders and disease carriers and conducts other public health related investigations.
CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class work in either a Service Planning Area under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Public Health Investigator or in a specialized health investigation program under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Public Health Investigator or higher level program manager. Incumbents enforce state and County public health laws, ordinances and regulations for the control of communicable and selected non-communicable diseases, such as alcoholism, and counseling patients to encourage risk reduction behaviors and referring them for treatment.
Essential Job Functions
Conducts investigations to locate cases and contacts of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted disease, human immunodeficiency virus or other communicable diseases and selected non-communicable diseases, such as alcoholism, by interviewing patients to determine contacts, locating and tracing contacts, and convincing them to voluntarily seek diagnosis and treatment as required by applicable public health laws; has authority to exercise legal interventions to compel compliance up to and including authorizing arrest when essential to protect the public's health.
Counsels individuals who suffer from a communicable or non-communicable disease regarding the nature and control of their disease and educates these individuals on risk reduction techniques and behaviors.
Enforces public health laws, rules and regulations governing communicable disease control by serving legal orders of the Health Officer on patients in their homes, hospitals or detention
facilities, quarantining cases and contacts of communicable disease in private homes or institutions, placing restrictions on infected individuals employed in sensitive occupations such as food handling, supervising disinterments of human remains for foreign shipment, assisting in food poisoning investigations, coordinating case management of persons potentially exposed to rabies, responding to widespread outbreaks of communicable disease and establishing and enforcing the State mussel quarantine order.
Transports patients in connection with the enforcement of legal orders pertaining to the isolation of such patients in a hospital or detention facility, or to facilitate the medical care and treatment of patients infected with a communicable disease.
Investigates cases of quarantine violations and refusal or failure of persons to comply with health laws, ordinances, and regulations; recommends court action to enforce legal orders, prepares cases for court by gathering evidence and appears in court as a representative of the Health Officer on cases involving violations of the public health laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to communicable and non-communicable disease investigation.
Supports the California Department of Health Services Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program, through the collection of shellfish and phytoplankton samples and preparation of these samples for shipment to the state laboratory.
Conducts special investigations not directly involving communicable diseases, such as investigating impersonations of departmental personnel or the verification of home births.
Requirements
MINIMUMREQUIREMENTS
One year's experience as a Public Health Investigator Trainee.*
LICENSE
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
PHYSICAL CLASS
3 - Moderate
: Includes standing or walking most of the time,with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surface, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
*To qualify, applicants must hold or have held the payroll title ofPublic Health Investigator Trainee.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in investigation or inspection work inPublic Health orLaw Enforcement.
A Master's degree from an accredited university in Public Health orRelated field of study.
Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT
This examination willconsist of an evaluation of experience and desirable qualificationsbased upon application information and supplemental questions weighted 100%.
Applicants must meet theminimum requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the Eligible Register.
Passing this examination and being added to the eligible register does not guarantee an offer of employment.
Final results will be sent by U.S. Mail. Final Scores cannot be given over the phone.
ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.
No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
VACANCY INFORMATION
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.
AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Any
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Any required documents must be submitted within fifteen (15) calendar days from the application submission to **** .
Apply online by clicking on the Apply
tab for this posting, You can also track the status of your application using this website.
Fill out your application completely.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
. Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned. Applicants may be rejected at any stage of the selection process.
IMPORTANT NOTES
Please note that ALL
information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION
at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
FALSIFICATION
of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION
or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT
Utilizing VERBIAGE
from Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT
be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION
and your applicationmay be DISQUALIFIED
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
All applicants MUST enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
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Closing Date/Time: Continuous
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY
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About Los Angeles County
With a population of over ten million people, the County of Los Angeles has more residents than any county in the nation, and within its boundaries are 88 cities. It is rich in cultural diversity and home to world renowned museums, theaters, the nation’s motion picture industry, major universities, and numerous five-star restaurants. The mountains, deserts, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, along with some of the world’s finest urban recreational attractions, are freeway close.
The County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors (Board) who are elected on a non-partisan basis and serve four-year staggered terms. As the governing body, the Board serves as both the executive and legislative authority of the largest and most complex county government in the United States. There are 34 appointed department heads that report to the Board.  There are also three elected officials (Assessor, District Attorney, and Sheriff) for a total of 37 major administrative units or departments that currently serve the needs of the County’s residents.
Selected by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers of 2016, the County’s annual budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $29 billion, with funding for approximately 108,000 positions to serve its diverse population.
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