Population Health Scientist

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $7,863,000
Maximum: $9,180,000



Application Deadline



42-09 28th Street
New York
United States


The Office of Policy, Planning and Strategic Data Use (PPSDU) in the Office of the First Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) aims to amplify DOHMH's impact by serving as a resource and partner to DOHMH leadership and other stakeholders for analysis, research, planning, and coordination and by supporting the agency in being evidence-informed, strategic, and accountable. Its role is to support the overarching strategies of DOHMH, to foster organizational alignment with those strategies, and to supplement divisional capacity as needed.

As addressing the levels and distributions of health within and across populations is a priority for DOHMH, PPSDU is seeking a Population Health Scientist within the Research and Evaluation Unit to support the ongoing work related to population health, with a focus on the social determinants of population health. The Population Health Scientist is expected to collaborate with PPSDU and other DOHMH staff in generating analyses and research that would inform policy and planning development to address social determinants of population health such as employment, food security and housing stability.      


The Population Health Scientist's responsibilities include:

Conduct statistical analyses using health care claims/utilization data, including Medicaid data extracted from the Salient Interactive Miner and the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) data, as well as other available data sources such as the Office of Vital Statistics (OVS) data, the Community Health Survey (CHS), and the American Community Survey (ACS); 

·        Liaise and build partnerships with other DOHMH programs and community partners to address existing and emerging population health issues and to initiate innovative research and analyses to advance policy and planning efforts;

·        Translate research and analysis findings into content for presentations, reports, manuscripts, and articles as needed;  

·        Coordinate with PPSDU team members and other DOHMH programs, and provide direct support and consultations, as appropriate; and

·        Perform other duties as assigned.

·        Master’s or Doctoral degree in statistics, social sciences, public policy, public health, or other related fields;

·        Proficiency in managing and analyzing large administrative datasets using data management and statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, SQL, Stata);

·        Experience in using GIS software, geocoding, and conducting spatial analysis;

·        Knowledge of health economic and health services research methods;

·        Ability to design research projects, synthesize results, and present findings and recommendations in a succinct manner; 

·        Track record of producing high-impact research; and

·        Ability to multi-task, excellent communication skills, desire to solve complex problems.  

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/

In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 365286

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.