Program Research Specialist II (Temporary),​ Health Research, Inc. (HRI),

Posted: 02/22/18 | SHARE:


The Program Research Specialist II (PRS II) will work with researchers and public health professionals in the Office of Quality & Patient Safety on an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)-funded project, "Addressing Potentially Dangerous Medications in Medicaid Children with Mental Health Diagnosis". The purpose of the project will be to describe the epidemiology of patient safety in ambulatory care settings and assess strategies to reduce potentially dangerous medication use or patient harms. 

The PRS II will analyze Medicaid claims and encounter data to determine patterns in medication usage and adverse events among Medicaid children, as well as provider and practice data to examine correlations between practice characteristics and prescribing patterns. The PRS II will administer a provider survey on medication reconciliation practices, and collect and analyze the results. Additionally, the PRS II will conduct literature searches and contribute to research recommendations related to the project. SAS will be used to analyze data and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point will be used to display the analytic results. The PRS II will regularly communicate with grant partners and senior staff to provide updates, analyses, and reports as needed. Other related duties to be completed as assigned.  



Minimum Qualifications: 
Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field and two years of research experience in the collection and evaluation of data. A Master's degree may substitute for one year of the research experience. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
Master’s degree in public health, public policy, public administration, statistics, health services research, health or business administration, economics, social sciences, or a related field. Demonstrated Proficiency in SAS and SQL programming and performing statistical analysis. Experience with large administrative datasets such as Medicaid claims and encounter data. Experience administering surveys and with collecting and analyzing survey results. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working on interdisciplinary teams.  

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