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Series established April 1, 1976
Incumbents in this parenthetical specialty serve as principal advisors and resource persons in health economic research activities. Incumbents plan, organize and conduct economic studies in the health area. They prepare reports using mathematical simulation models of health facilities services, and assess the economic impact of existing or proposed legislation or regulations affecting health facilities.
Experience and education which provides the ability to independently and successfully plan and perform complex health care and economic research, and all of the requirements specified in the Research Program Specialist I (General). The pertinent experience specified in the Research Specialist I (General) means one year of experience equivalent to Research Analyst II.
Experience and education which provide the ability to independently and successfully plan and perform complex health care and economic research; and all of the requirements specified in the Research Program Specialist (General) class.
The pertinent experience specified in the Research Program Specialist II (General) means one year of experience equivalent to Research Program Specialist I.
Knowledge of: Health economic research and techniques, including research design; application of computerized models to research data; statistical (inferential as well as descriptive) and other methods used in the collec¬tion, organization analysis and projection of data, including data presentation and interpretation; survey methods and analytical techniques; operations research methods; health economics including basic economics theory and principles; sources of economic, financial, and other data pertinent to economic studies.
Ability to: Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; analyze and make recommendations on technical economic matters; design, plan and carry out research projects and mathematical models; prepare and present comprehensive technical and economical reports.
Demonstrated ability to act independently; initiative; flexibility; and tact.
Experience performing extensive health-or economic-related research duties; graduation from college with extensive course work in economics and sociology; this must include six semester hours of advanced economics, six semester hours of sociology-or psychology-related courses.