Monthly Archives: November 2018

Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison – GDPH

Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison, Student Position

The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the Georgia population. The agency is seeking a candidate for the position of Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison within the Division of Health Protection/Epidemiology Section. The Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Section (MCH) of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is seeking an epidemiologist to assist with identifying infants with birth defects and the subsequent medical record request process. MCH carries out a number of activities related to case ascertainment, case confirmation, and data quality assurance of birth defects in Georgia infants. MCH staff work closely with our 18 health districts, Georgia healthcare facilities, and the CDC’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

The MCH EPI Section houses several teams, including the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) project, perinatal health (maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, family planning), children’s health screening and services, and birth defects surveillance. This opportunity is with the Birth Defects Surveillance (BDS) Team in MCH. The BDS team conducts surveillance for reportable birth defects by monitoring the volume of case reports, confirming reported cases, and ensuring affected infants and families are referred to early intervention services. In this position, the Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will gain experience in field epidemiology under the guidance and support of the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead and the Infant Surveillance Epidemiologist. To aid in monthly reporting of birth defects data, the Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will perform detailed medical record abstraction and data entry using CDC case inclusion guidance. An ideal candidate must be attentive to detail and able to adapt to changing guidance.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure the status of each suspected birth defects case is kept up-to-date in the tracking form in the Georgia Birth Defects Registry, housed in the State electronic notifiable disease Surveillance System (SendSS). 
  • Identifying suspect birth defect cases using electronic data sources (e.g., electronic birth certificates) and direct reporting 
  • Case confirmation:
    • Request records from relevant facilities (e.g., birth hospitals
    • Ensure timely receipt of records for case reporting schedule
    • Review records to confirm diagnoses of interest per CDC case definition
    • Determine which cases are reportable for general birth defects
    • Adapt to changing case guidance as appropriate
  • Assist with data entry (e.g., medical record abstraction) for ongoing reporting and evaluation 
  • Assist the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead with ongoing data quality assurance 
  • Assist with other projects (e.g., preparing conference abstracts and presentations) as neededThe Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will report to the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead.Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university OR two years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, preference will be given to applicants who possess the following: 

  • Pursuing Master of Public Health with concentration in Epi
  • Experience working in state or local public health departments 
  • Comfort with Microsoft Excel and SAS or other statistical software

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Analytics and Surveillance Technical Advisor

Category : Alumni

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:

Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to serve as an epidemiologist and technical advisor to its teams across Mesoamerica and Hispaniola. This role offers a unique opportunity for a talented individual to apply epidemiological and analytical skills to guide the operations of a cross-country disease elimination program.

The successful candidate will lead a small team of epidemiologists working directly with government counterparts and the CHAI staff who support them to assess, design, and scale-up disease surveillance systems; conduct robust data analysis; and monitor and evaluate the success of ongoing efforts to achieve malaria elimination. The individual will collaborate with a diverse team based across multiple countries (primarily but not exclusively in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti and Dominican Republic), government programs, academics and public health agencies. The successful candidate will possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills; work independently to drive implementation; have the potential to grow into a global health leader; and have deep personal commitment to producing results.


  • Serve as a technical advisor and thought leader to CHAI’s regional team
  • Proactively review evidence and conduct analyses to evaluate effectiveness of the current operations, and identify potential approaches or strategies to accelerate progress
  • Provide technical mentorship, supervision, training and ongoing support to a small team of epidemiologists based across the region
  • Provide high-quality analytic support related to malaria epidemiology, intervention, surveillance, and other programmatic decisions to CHAI country teams, government staff, and other partners and translate findings to support evidence-based decisions; this includes:
  • Help monitor and evaluate the performance of existing and new surveillance processes and platforms, and identify ways of improving them
    • Work directly with governmental staff to better integrate epidemiological, entomological, and programmatic data use and analysis into routine programmatic activities at all levels of the health system
    • Oversee design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of operational research projects related to surveillance, intervention effectiveness, and entomology
    • Organize, clean, and integrate datasets; conduct statistical analyses; and develop and interpret malaria risk maps and stratifications
    • Support rigorous evidence-based planning of intervention deployment, and design and implement monitoring and evaluation activities to measure impact
    • Support the ongoing evaluation and iterative strengthening of the performance of community health workers programs
  • Manage and develop resources and best practices to share lessons across teams, and synthesize and disseminate findings both internally and externally through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Cultivate and establish relationships with other CHAI teams, government organizations, and regional and in-country partners working on data analysis or surveillance to inform elimination goals

Click HERE for more information.

USC: Environmental EPI Post Doc

Category : Alumni

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position as part of a large national research program called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The goal of ECHO is to capitalize on existing study populations to investigate environmental exposures on child health and development, with a particular focus on airways, obesity, neurodevelopment and pre-, peri- and postnatal health.

For more information: click here.


Faculty Spotlight: Ben Lopman

Category : #IamEmoryEPI

Ben Lopman, PhD, MSc

Research: We conduct research on vaccine epidemiology — especially for vaccines against rotavirus and norovirus, two major causes of diarrheal disease globally

Courses Taught: Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Favorite lecture: Vaccine Epidemiology

Interaction with Students: I advise a number of MPH thesis every year, as well as PhD dissertations. We also have students working with the lab as research assistants, often through the REAL program.

 Fun Fact: I lived in London for 10 years, have run 9 marathons and been vegan for 8 years.

Recent Publication:  Baker, Tate, Steiner, Haber, Parashar, Lopman. (2018). Longer-term direct and indirect effects of infant rotavirus vaccination across all ages in the US; 2000 – 2013: analysis of a large hospital discharge dataset. Clin Infect Dis.

Post Doctoral Fellow–Social and Behavioral Sciences

Category : Alumni

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks an outstanding individual for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to begin in the Spring of 2019. The successful candidate will participate in a NIH grant-funded project on optimism and longevity. The research involves conducting both primary data collection exploring new methods for measuring optimism (or other psychological attributes), as well as secondary data analyses in large-scale ongoing cohorts evaluating biobehavioral mechanisms by which optimism may lead to healthier aging. Additional work will include considering epigenetics and other biomarkers of aging and evaluating these relationships across diverse populations. The Fellow will collaborate with faculty mentors (Dr. Laura Kubzansky – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Fran Grodstein, Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) to explore key research questions, generate multiple publications, and help write grant proposals.

Fellows will be mentored to facilitate transition to independent research careers by emphasizing the acquisition of analytic, writing, and other research skills. Further, fellows will have an opportunity to learn from our highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and dynamic research group that meets regularly and includes leading scientists (and other fellows) with expertise in several disciplines including: epidemiology, gerontology, social determinants of health, social and clinical psychology, environmental health, genetics and epigenetics, biostatistics, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Basic Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in psychology, health and human development, social epidemiology or a related field; 2) Experience with managing and programming large-scale data sets, 3) demonstrated ability of using advanced statistics, 4) as well as substantive understanding of the interface between mental and physical health

Contact: Claudia Trudel Fitzgerald, ctrudel [at] hsph [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Apply HERE

Senior Data Analyst, Task Force for Global Health

Category : Alumni

BACKGROUND: The Task Force for Global Health is an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA. Its eight programs focus on building robust public health systems that serve all people. Program areas include neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, and health systems strengthening. The Task Force for Global Health was recognized for its extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering with the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest award of its kind. The Task Force is ranked among the largest nonprofits in the United States due to in-kind contributions of medicines and vaccines from major pharmaceutical companies valued at billions of dollars annually.

The NTD Support Center manages a large portfolio of projects that produce datasets that are valuable to the public. To improve the accessibility of existing and future datasets, an open access portal will be created. A data manager is needed to support the transition to this open access portal, as well as managing data use requests. In addition to the support of the data portal, the data manager will also provide data management and analytic support to an on-going multi-country clinical trial. Close attention to detail, good oral and written communication skills, and experience with database management are required.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Supports the acquisition, management and analysis of data from multiple sites or sources. Supports the configuration and management of technology solutions supporting the receipt, transformation, validation and storage of data. Ensures that the uses of data through reports and queries are appropriate. Serves as an organizational consultant on matters relating to databases by providing expertise to assist users in meeting their needs. Develops automated quality control procedures to assess quality of data and provides reports to data owners. Works effectively within a group setting in areas of design of data collection instruments, database management, analysis of data, and creation of reports and dashboards. Develops and performs appropriate analyses. Provides explanations of analysis methods, assumptions made, and assists in interpretation of results and implications therein. Documents methods and results through development and maintenance of standard documentation artifacts including data dictionaries, standard operating procedures and analysis methodology descriptions. Works with onsite or field-based counterparts to coordinate consistent implementation of data quality control measures and provision of access to the central data repositories. Performs related responsibilities as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, and three years of experience in processes and standards related to data, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Experience with relational database management systems such as, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL preferred. Experience with statistical packages such as SAS, SPSS, R preferred.

Apply HERE

Alumni Spotlight: Cara Bergo, EPI MPH 2013

Category : #IamEmoryEPI

Cara Bergo

PhD Candidate University of Illinois at Chicago

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Epidemiology with a focus in Maternal and Child Health. I focus on maternal health including severe maternal morbidity and mortality. I have worked with a number of state health departments using their vital records data, hospital discharge data and maternal mortality reviews to better understand maternal health at the population level and pinpoint risk factors and possible points of intervention.  The core epidemiology courses gave me the fundamental backbone I need for all the analyses I do for state health departments. They also help me build from standard methods to explore new methods in my work.  Reach out to professors for guidance and help! I knew I liked epidemiology but had not teased out my focus area yet, so was very hesitant to talk with people. Don’t let that stop you, explore different branches of public health.

CSPEAR Research Coordinator Position-Apply by 12/4

Category : Alumni

The Seattle ERIC is one of five epidemiologic centers within the national Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Together these centers implement the CSP Epidemiology Analytics Resource (CSPEAR), a national initiative to support decision-making within the VA Office of Research & Development (ORD). CSPEAR provides summary epidemiologic data on Veterans’ disease burden and treatment to help inform VA research priorities and anticipate future health care issues.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) hires high-caliber individuals to advance state-of-the-art epidemiologic research to improve the health and well-being of Veterans. The Center is a supportive environment that encourages collaboration, innovation, and professional growth while conducting high-quality research.

We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Research Coordinator to support CSPEAR and other epidemiologic projects coordinated by the Center. The position provides day-to-day operational, administrative, and scientific support to projects. Duties are under the supervision of the CSPEAR Project Manager.

Key responsibilities include the following: ▪ Provide daily operational/administrative support to meet project objectives; ▪ Assist with the development of project protocols, standard operating procedures, and other documentation; ▪ Schedule and prepare for local and national meetings; ▪ Prepare and present scientific reports and visual presentations to project leadership and investigators; ▪ Build and maintain professional relationships with project staff, investigators, and collaborators across CSP and other VA entities; ▪ Assist with maintaining and updating project databases and websites; and ▪ Other duties as assigned.

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes: ▪ Masters-level degree in a public health or scientific research-related field such as epidemiology; ▪ 1-4 years of experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research; ▪ 1-4 years of experience with research compliance and regulations; ▪ Familiarity with administrative and health record data preferred; ▪ Demonstration of strong organizational and analytic skills; ▪ Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team setting; and ▪ Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required; experience with MS SharePoint, Access, and Publisher preferred.

Candidates must be US citizens. Candidates’ experience and education will be evaluated to determine eligibility at the General Schedule (GS) level 9.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by December 4, 2018 will be considered first.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see For more information about CSP and the VA Office of Research and Development, see the CSP website,

Healthcare Futuring Competition: Resister by 1/7

What is the US Healthcare landscape going to look like in 2040? With the dizzying array of trends and disruptions re-shaping the industry, it is impossible for even the foremost experts to know with certainty how the US healthcare market will evolve along key parameters.

You have the exciting opportunity to architect your own unique scenario for what the world of US Healthcare looks like in 2040 by participating in Goizueta’s Healthcare Futuring competition. In partnership with the Goizueta Healthcare Association, this one-of-a-kind event invites teams to develop compelling, plausible scenarios for US Healthcare in 2040 – and to compete for a prize pool of $10,000.

Winning team: $5,000
Second-place team: $3,000
Third-place team: $2,000

The competition will be held throughout the month of January and is open to students across Emory University, in addition to Morehouse Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Vanderbilt University.

Those interested are invited to attend a workshop to learn about scenario development on November 16. Attendance of the workshop is not required to enter the competition, and a video recording of the workshop will be available online.

Important dates:

November 16, 2018: Scenario development workshop
January 7, 2019: Team registrations due
January 18, 2019: Team materials due
January 21, 2019: Finalist selections announced
January 31, 2019: Goizueta Healthcare Association Panel Event
February 1, 2019: Finalist event

Register HERE

Questions? Contact caroline [dot] meade [at] emory [dot] edu