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SAS Programmer Epidemiologist, SIlver Spring, MD, US ID#16193

 Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.


CNSP is seeking an  Epidemiologist Analyst that will support the vision of our client, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB), is to be the central epidemiological resource and a global health surveillance proponent for the U.S. Armed Forces. They provide timely, relevant, actionable, and comprehensive health surveillance information in order to promote, maintain, and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations.


We are seeking a Epidemiologist to support a team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, analysts in supporting the Chief of Epidemiology and Analysis (E&A) and Chief of Satellite Support in accomplishing the division’s mission and objectives.



  • Supports the Epidemiology and Analysis leadership in accomplishing the division’s mission and objectives.
  • Supports the Senior Epidemiologists or Senior Scientists in accomplishing their tasks and objectives.
  • Uses expertise in SAS and SQL programming to acquire and analyze personnel and health data for military-related epidemiological studies (adhoc or recurrent) received by E&A.
  • Assists in quality assurance verification of programming codes contained in past and current reports and requests.
  • Works with epidemiologists, biostatisticians, preventive medicine and public health professionals, and research analysts within E&A and AFHSB to rapidly deploy public health epidemiologic and serosurveillance capabilities for the DoD using data resources within AFHSB and DoD.
  • Assists in the development, planning, testing, validation, and execution of military-related epidemiological studies (adhoc or recurrent) received by E&A using sound epidemiologic and biostatistical knowledge and data resources.
  • Informs and involves the stakeholders in creating and validating assumptions and procedures required to resolve any data quality issues.
  • Maintains proficiency in SAS®, SQL® and other programming skills, and shall remain current on public health issues.
  • Assists or leads quality assurance projects on maintaining the highest data quality of products provided to end-users.
  • Assists or leads functional activities within E&A that are necessary to support AFHSB’s mission such as (but not limited to):
    • Maintenance of functional documents necessary to perform daily functions
    • Production of health surveillance summaries, reports, and presentations (e.g., ad hoc briefings, white papers, slides, and other types of documents summarizing analytic activities and studies).
    • Support of DoD working groups (as assigned by E&A) within or external to AFHSB that are involved in development of DoD-wide health surveillance.
    • Analysis, planning, and implementation of changes in functional processes.
    • Planning and provision of training for staff and customers in epidemiology, biostatistics, programming, or other topics pertinent in the practice of health surveillance and public health practice.
    • Protection of PHI/PII while in use for analysis and while in storage in approved storage systems.
    • Follows established quality assurance processes and plan in ensuring accuracy of reports, summaries, and analyses prior to distribution and in protection of PHI/PII.
  • May collaborate with Government and contract personnel within AFHSB or from other DoD/Federal agencies in planning, designing, and analysis of sound epidemiological studies to submit for publication in peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals.




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  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical training, and/or work experience.
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science is preferred.
  • Computer scientist with biological science background is highly desirable.
  • Desires a minimum of 1-3 years of work experience in related occupation
  • Solid knowledge base in computer programming (writing and reading) including: detailed knowledge of statistical software including SAS®; familiarity with Oracle® database structures; and experience using SQL®.
  • Epidemiological or biostatistical work experience or training (highly preferred)
  • Experience with DoD health-related databases (i.e., SADR, SIDR, CAPER, TMDS, TRAC2ES, and military personnel data) to perform longitudinal analyses.




  • Possess excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent written oral and written communications skills
  • Team player and collaborates well with professionals
  • Public Trust required
  • Must be able to obtain a Secret clearance




  • Climate-controlled office during normal business hours.



With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!



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