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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#111238 Infection Preventionist

Extended Review Date: Thu 10/21/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:,-faculty-and-staff-issued-for-2021-2022.html

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/09/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/17/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Infection Preventionist (IP) is an integral team member of UC San Diego Health. This role involves the implementation of healthcare-associated infection reduction strategies for patients and staff through assessment and risk identification, researching current literature and practice, study development and presentation/publication, development, implementation, monitoring and reporting prevention strategies, routine and focused surveillance, policy and procedure development, training and education program development and collaboration with staff in departments across the institution.

The Infection Preventionist applies extensive knowledge of infection control and prevention practices and advanced professional concepts to substantial projects of large scope and high degrees of complexity. Infection Preventionists (IPs) are fully versed in infection control strategies, and work autonomously in the areas of infection control surveillance, consultation, policy development, research and education.

Additionally, IPs may orient and train newly-hired Infection Preventionists, and provide lead direction and work review of other less experienced Infection Preventionists. Practitioners at this level may assume other duties, including chairing committees, assisting with the development of new infection prevention services/training and participating with all levels of the Department of Public Health and Medical Center on emerging issues.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Infection Prevention Coordinator Level 3 or Level 4.


  • Seven (7) years related infection control experience OR Bachelor's Degree in health related field and three (3) years of recent infection control experience; and/or equivalent combination of experience/training.

  • Experience and proven success in clinical and operational issues in infection control; including policies, regulatory requirements, surveillance and investigation methodologies, data collection, epidemiology, microbiology, patient care, and related nursing issues.

  • Demonstrated experience with National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data collection, entry and extraction of NHSN reports.


  • Master’s Degree in public health or other related health care field.
  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC).
  • Five (5+) years or more of recent infection control experience.
  • Experience in a large, complex, academic medical center.
  • Experience with Epic, specifically Epic Icon.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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