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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Deputy Medical Director & State Epidemiologist (Physician) in Des Moines, Iowa

Deputy Medical Director & State Epidemiologist (Physician)

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Deputy Medical Director & State Epidemiologist (Physician)


$112,694.40 - $300,851.20 Annually


Des Moines - 50319 - Polk County, IA

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Job Number



588 Health & Human Services - Public Health

Opening Date


Closing Date

2/26/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Robert Kruse, MD at

To Apply

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and at least three business references to or mail them to Kenneth Sharp, MPA, Operations Deputy; Division of Public Health; Iowa Health and Human Services; 321 E. 12th St.; Des Moines, IA 50319-0075 before the posting closing date of February 26, 2024.

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Job Description

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) merged on July 1, 2022 to form one agency, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We are seeking a Deputy Medical Director and State Epidemiologist (Physician).

This positions serves as the Deputy State Medical Director and State Public Health Epidemiologist for the Iowa Health and Human Services Agency. In coordination with, and with direction from, the State Medical Director, provides 24/7 medical expertise on both infectious and non-infectious health issues. Consults with state and local public health personnel and medical professionals on medical issues. Assists with the coordination of state health programs and provides regular support to key clinical staff throughout the agency. Acts as the State’s liaison to federal response efforts when the Medical Director is not available, ensuring close coordination with other state agencies and regional partners to improve the health of Iowans.

Direct and participate in educational efforts concerning health risks, acute diseases and disease prevention. This includes responding to media contacts, consultations to healthcare providers, involvement in formal educational efforts for public health and medical professionals.

Provide oversight and management of all public health epidemiology needs for the agency by providing regular updates on the trends and key epidemiological issues facing public health for the state of Iowa. Direct disease investigation and surveillance activities performed by the Public Health Division.

Direct state-wide disease surveillance, investigation, and follow-up. Assess trends of diseases, risk factors for health events, effectiveness of prevention and control efforts, and implement appropriate modifications to improve the health of Iowans. Consult with the public, local public health officials, and medical professionals on medical and epidemiological issues. Coordinates state health programs, and coordinates public health efforts across state lines and with federal agencies to identify and reduce the impacts of morbidity and mortality on Iowans. React to health events to assure appropriate public health response, and coordinate with other state agencies during emergencies to assist in public health preparedness and response.

Provide 24/7 epidemiological expertise on both infectious and non-infectious health issues and advise state leadership during emergencies to assist in public health preparedness and response and serve as a lead point of contact when executing a state emergency response.

Applicant must pass a background check prior to employment.


We have a great total compensation package for all our full-time employees, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS) (Employee contributes 6.29%/State of Iowa contributes 9.44%)

  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan) (State of Iowa matches up to $75/month)

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance (See below for more details)

  • Vacation Leave (96 hours/year to begin, and increases with years of service)

  • Sick Leave (144 hours/year)

  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Life Insurance ($20,000 paid for by the State of Iowa)

  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

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    Relocation Assistance:

    Relocation assistance may be considered for this position, in accordance with DAS SAE policies and procedures.

    Director's Statement: HHS values those with “lived experience” and encourages adults who were fostered as youth, foster parents, and/or parents who were in the DHS system to apply. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply (Hearing and Speech Impaired – Relay Iowa 1-800-735-2942 TDD).

    E-Verify Statement: Our agency uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Candidates must follow the instructions in the "To Apply" section.

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.


535 Public Health:

6 months experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both related to improving, maintaining, and protecting the general condition of health within society, either on a personal, institutional, organizational, or community basis. Experience may be gained from direct provision of health care or from other ancillary programs and support mechanisms such as government public health departments.


185 Epidemiology

6 months experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in epidemiology, which involves:

  • The surveillance for respiratory diseases, vector-born diseases, enteric diseases, antimicrobial-resistant agents, or other infectious or non-infectious diseases

  • The development of protocols and procedures for data collection and analysis, ongoing analysis of data using a variety of databases and statistical analysis programs

  • The development and dissemination of written reports, graphs, tables, etc

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited school of medicine, completion of an internship program and licensure as a physician by the State of Iowa.

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Prioritize your well-being with our comprehensive health plans, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the State of Iowa covers 90% of the premiums, providing you and your loved ones with excellent coverage at a remarkably low cost.

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We are proud to offer the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS). A defined benefit plan, IPERS benefits are guaranteed for life, meaning once you retire, you will receive the same monthly benefit for the remainder of your life (once vested). We invest in your long-term financial well-being, so you can retire with peace of mind.Click here to learn more about IPERS ( .

Paid Time Off:

Life is unpredictable, and at the State of Iowa, we understand the importance of work-life balance. Our leave policies, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave with unlimited accrual, ensure you have the flexibility you need for personal and family matters.

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State of Iowa


588 Health & Human Services - Public Health


Lucas State Office Building

321 E 12th St

Des Moines, Iowa, 50319


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