Primary Location: TN-Nashville-2525 West End Ave
Organization: Health Policy 104625
Associate Health Policy Data Analyst
The Department of Health Policy is seeking qualified health policy data analyst candidates to provide faculty with analytic file construction, statistical analyses, graphics and other data analyses. Under general supervision, the analyst will work from PI’s specifications to undertake some or all of the following tasks: 1) determine the best source(s) of data, 2) obtain and merge data as needed, 3) format, clean, and prepare data for analysis, and 4) undertake statistical analyses. The analyst will also document his/her work and present results in tabular, graphical, and written summary form.
This position is responsible for providing support for complex qualitative and quantitative research projects in health, public health, health policy, or related disciplines under faculty guidance. Activities may include study coordination, literature searches, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation. This position also provides general support to departmental programs, projects and coordinates dissemination of information.
The ideal candidate will work well with multiple faculty members simultaneously, take initiative to gather suitable data to address policy questions, and complete assignments in a timely manner.
The responsibilities of this position will include quantitative and written data analysis on issues of current policy interest. Examples of projects may include:
- Estimating levels of uninsurance and shifts in health insurance coverage
- Analyzing trends in health care expenditures for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries
- Examining policy options for improving the value of care delivered to patients in diverse settings
- Conducting literature reviews on timely health policy topics (e.g., changes in health insurance coverage, payment reform models, value-based care, the Affordable Care Act)
- Pooling policy guidelines to monitor any association with hospitalizations, mortality, and/or transmission of infectious disease
Vanderbilt University's new Department of Health Policy brings together a broad group of health policy scholars devoted to developing health policy solutions that can have a profound impact. The Department builds on a history of strong collaborative relationships with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several frontline policy makers to develop health policy solutions for our nation’s most pressing health care challenges.
The combination of a major research university and preeminent medical center gives Department faculty incredible opportunities to build relationships with frontline care providers and policymakers which can lead to breakthrough discoveries. The Department fosters a deep belief that research and innovative thinking should guide health policy relationships and help policymakers understand implications. For more information, please visit https://www.vumc.org/health-policy/ .
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- Coordinates research projects
- Supports research investigators and senior research staff on multiple studies
- Supports collaboration between team members, both internal and external to the department
- Prepares and executes portions of research projects in the areas of health, economics, and social science
- Coordinates research project activities, timelines and events
- Uses external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks
- Implements data collection and inquiry
- Uses familiarity with federal and/or state healthcare measures and policy to conduct study-specific literature reviews and searches
- Collects, organizes, manages, and critically analyzes data using statistical and data programming skills (e.g., SAS, Stata, R) based on study goals
- Applies basic social science qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Able to create, modify, and run descriptive queries and produce reports
- Communicates information concisely in written and graphic format
This is a full-time position.
Salary is dependent upon education and experience.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
This position requires Bachelor's degree and some previous related experience. A degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or another field with quantitative coursework is strongly preferred.
Preferred qualities and skills:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong quantitative, statistical and data analysis skills
- Experience with STATA, SAS, or R
- Demonstrated interest and self-directed instruction in descriptive data analysis
- Experience with health-related datasets and/or population surveys
- Knowledge of health policy issues
- Self-starter with good time management, initiative, and professional work style
A current resume and cover letter must be included/uploaded in your online application to be eligible for consideration.
- Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
- Light Work category requiring exertion up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects.
- Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
- Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
- Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
- Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
- Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
- Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
- Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
- Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.
- Continuous: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
- Continuous: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
- Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
- Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
- Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
- Continuous: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips