Monthly Archives: January 2019

Jobs with the Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for four students to work in the Epidemiology Section, Drug Overdose Surveillance Unit, on the growing opioid epidemic

Below is a description of the positions which are posted HERE. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Laura Edison (laura [dot] edison [at] dph [dot] ga [dot] gov).

1. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is looking for a current MPH/MSPH student and two PhD students to assist in developing methods to determine areas in Georgia that are vulnerable to increased opioid-involved drug overdoses, and infectious disease outbreaks (HIV/Hepatitis) associated with injection drug use. This position will be working on a cooperative project between Emory University and DPH, and will work closely with Rollins School of Public Health Faculty and DPH Epidemiologists. The project goals are: to develop systematic small area estimates of county-level statistical summaries relevant to monitoring opioid use and abuse, to better estimate rates in counties with small numbers of overdoses, and to develop standardized analytic approaches for assessing urban-rural disparities in local statistical summaries monitoring opioid use and abuse. The project will expand to develop models for identifying vulnerable communities using a variety of data sources. Data management and analysis responsibilities will include using various databases, such as Excel, the Georgia electronic notifiable disease system, and statistical programs such as SAS and R. This is a one-year position that may be extended based on available funding.

The MPH/MSPH student will be employed for approximately 20 hours per week at a salary of $12/hr. The PhD students will be employed for approximately 20 hours per week at a salary of $15-18/hr. The schedule is flexible. The position could fulfill MPH practicum requirements. Student with a concentration in Biostatistics are preferred, but Epidemiology students with strong statistical skills will also be considered.

As part of the position the students will:

* Gain an understanding of data sources used to conduct disease and opioid overdose surveillance.

* Gain an understanding of data sources used to evaluate community health.

* Assist with the development of small area estimates to be able to estimate rates for small counts.

* Assist with the development of methods to determine urban-rural disparities.

* Create reports of findings.

2. The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for a current MPH/MSPH student to assist in monitoring and improving Georgia’s syndromic surveillance for drug overdose-involved emergency department visits. The student will work with DPH Epidemiology staff from the Syndromic Surveillance Program and the Drug Overdose Surveillance Unit to conduct routine monitoring of surveillance data, weekly reporting of surveillance data, and improve data monitoring processes. Data management responsibilities will include using various databases, such as Excel, SAS, and the Georgia electronic notifiable disease system. This is a one-year position that may be extended based on available funding.

The student will be employed for approximately 20 hours per week at a salary of $12/hr. The schedule is flexible, and the student will be placed at the Department of Public Health offices in downtown Atlanta during normal business hours, and can perform some of the duties remotely. The position could fulfill MPH practicum requirements. Students with strong epidemiology skills and an interest in surveillance are preferred.

As part of a practicum experience, the student will:

* Gain an understanding of how syndromic surveillance functions.

* Review and revise weekly drug overdose surveillance monitoring protocols

* Review and revise and cluster analysis protocols

* Develop a drug overdose report template for communicating overdose clusters with Health Districts.

* Analyze disease surveillance data.

* Produce weekly surveillance reports.


CSTE internship position due 1/31

Organization Description:  For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at www.cste.org.

Position Description:   Under the general supervision of the Director of Workforce Development the intern will be responsible for supporting a variety of CSTE’s Epidemiology Program Activities.

The Epi Program intern position will support a variety of projects in infectious diseases, surveillance and informatics, and/or non-infectious diseases. Projects may include but are not limited to the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR), Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens, planning and organizing disaster epidemiology-related workshops and trainings, chronic disease, maternal and child health, and oral health projects, occupational and environmental health projects, the state Reportable Conditions Assessment (SRCA), and developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems.

Other activities may include participating in conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings, communicating with CSTE members and staff, literature reviews, data analysis, report writing, administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE:  Internship projects are not thesis eligible.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Qualifications and Employment Requirements:

  • Current graduate student in public health or a related field
  • Knowledgeable with Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must be able to work in Atlanta, GA. 

Positions Available:  1

Education/Experience:  Current graduate student in public health or a related field

Click HERE to apply


Post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate Positions at the NIH/NIEHS

Category : Alumni

Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group

We are seeking talented and motivated fellows with training and experience in environmental health sciences, biostatistics, or epidemiology for positions in the Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group (PI: Dr. Kelly Ferguson) in the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Durham, North Carolina. The successful candidate will have a strong background in epidemiology, including experience with statistical modeling. Experience in environmental health sciences, biomarker studies, or chemistry is beneficial but not required.

Early delivery and reduced fetal to early childhood growth are associated with later-life disease and extensive public health burden. Research clearly indicates a role of the maternal environment during pregnancy in the origin of these outcomes, with evidence for effects of chemical exposures. However, research in this field has primarily been limited to investigation of known chemicals. Multiple positions are available to focus in this research area, with projects in untargeted analyses of chemical exposure biomarkers and metabolomics data, statistical methods for chemical mixtures analyses, and longitudinal modeling of fetal growth data. Opportunities for research on other aspects of perinatal health and the environment are also available.

Four positions are currently available and will remain open until filled:

• Post-baccalaureate position. This research assistant will become involved in multiple research projects and provide support for statistical analysis and manuscript preparation. MPH in epidemiology, biostatistics, or environmental health sciences preferred.

• Post-doctoral positions. Two post-doctoral positions are available. The fellows’ time will be devoted to data analysis, manuscript preparation, and career development (e.g., grant writing). Fellows will have the opportunity to propose related research that can be internally funded, and are also eligible and encouraged to apply for K99/R00 and non-NIH research grants. While NIEHS fellows have no teaching responsibilities, interaction with faculty and students at local universities (University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University) can be facilitated and is encouraged. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are available.

• Joint post-doctoral position with the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch. One post-doctoral position available with the explicit focus of developing and applying statistical methods for chemical mixtures in environmental epidemiology. Fellow will be mentored jointly by Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Shanshan Zhao and have the same opportunities as those described for Epidemiology Branch fellows. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Initial appointment will be two years at NIEHS in Durham, North Carolina, with additional time (up to 5 years) depending on productivity. Anticipated start dates from summer to fall 2019.

Applicants should submit the following materials to epifellowships [at] niehs [dot] nih [dot] gov or directly to kelly [dot] ferguson2 [at] nih [dot] gov:

• Letter describing areas of research interest

• Curriculum vitae with bibliography

• Copies of 1-2 recent publications The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs


Epigenetics Boot Camp: Planning and Analyzing DNA Methylation Studies

BOOT CAMP OVERVIEW

Summer 2019 dates: June 10-11, 2019; 8:30am – 5:30pm

This two-day intensive boot camp integrates the principle concepts of epigenetics and the effects of risk factors on the epigenome as we step through the key components of designing and executing DNA methylation studies. Led by a team of scientists with more than 36 years of combined expertise in the field of environmental epigenetics, the workshop will integrate seminar lectures with hands-on computer sessions to put concepts into practice. Emphasis will be given to leveraging existing resources from ongoing studies and initiating new investigations. The afternoon lab sessions will provide an opportunity to work hands-on with real methylation data generated by the Illumina Infinium MethylationEPIC (850k) BeadChip platform. Participants will learn and practice data handling, cleaning, and basic analysis of epigenome-wide DNA methylation data.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Principles of epigenetics
  • Concept ideation and study design
  • Sample collection and processing
  • Laboratory methods and platforms for analysis
  • Data handling and cleaning
  • Data analysis
  • Study design advantages and pitfalls
  • Emerging epigenetic topics and laboratory platforms

Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate.

PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

  1. Each participant is required to bring a personal laptop as all lab sessions will be done on your personal laptop. Tablets and ipads will not work with the platform being used.
  2. The Boot Camp will use data sets in R, therefore we strongly recommend that participants have a basic understanding of this platform prior to attending the Boot Camp. It is ok if you have never used this platform before because the tutorials outlined below will provide you with the basic skills needed for Boot Camp success.

R TUTORIALS

Knowing basic R platform and commands are highly recommended for the Boot Camp as noted in prerequisites above. If you are new to R or need a refresher, you can review the below tutorials to be well prepared:

If you have any specific questions about R and R studio in the context of the Epigenetics Boot Camp, please email us.

For updates and to register, click HERE.


Faculty Spotlight: Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist, PhD, MPH

My research interests include improving 1) stillbirth surveillance, 2) access to evaluations to determine the cause of death, and 3) the care that families receive around the time of a loss.

Courses: EPI 534, EPI 565, EPI 740, EPI 791, HLTH 207

Favorite Lecture to Teach: It’s so hard to choose! I really enjoy teaching about selecting controls for case-control studies – it’s fun to show how the math works out in order for the OR to estimate other measures of association

How I interact with students: Advise theses, work with REAL students through the MCH Center of Excellence

Follow on #EpiTwitter: @LCLindquist

Recent Publication:  Forsberg K, Christiansen-Lindquist L, Silver RM. (2018). Factors Associated with Stillbirth Autopsy in Georgia and Utah, 2010-2014: The Importance of Delivery Location. Am J Perinatol. 35(13):1271-1280. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1648234. Epub 2018 May 3. PubMed PMID: 29723902.

Fun Fact: When I’m off duty (both from work, and being a mom of 3 boys), I like to spend time in my craft room sewing.


Job: Data Project with RISE

The Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SouthEast (RISE) is looking for 2 MPH/MSPH students to work with an off-site partner on a complementary data-heavy project as part of The Changing Landscape of Publicly Funded Family Planning in Georgia. RISE is an interdisciplinary center of scholarship dedicated to building an evidence base and implementing solutions for the adverse reproductive health outcomes, disparities, and sociopolitical determinants impacting women and their families in the Southeastern United States.

This job is for 10-20 hours/week at a salary of $12/hr. The schedule is flexible. Strong epidemiology/biostatistics skills are highly preferred.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Will review background materials and attend specific trainings related to data collection and reporting.
  • Attend and participate in off-site data collection.
  • Assist offsite partner in collecting data from multiple electronic health record systems and performing a concurrent and retrospective health impact assessment from these data.
  • May perform other duties as requested by Project Director.

The application can be found on Handshake by clicking HERE.


Lunch & Learn- PRISM Thesis Topics 1/30

Category : News/Events

On Wednesday, January, 30, join the PRISM faculty to discuss thesis topics and the application process for the program. Pizza will be served. Please be sure to RSVP to Susan Wirtz at sschlue [at] emory [dot] edu !


GIS Developer, DRT Stratigies

Category : Alumni

Project Summary

DRT provides GIS solutions to address diverse, complex, and emerging problems within the public health domains of environmental health, infectious disease, chronic disease, and emergency preparedness/response. This includes designing and developing website and database solutions with geospatial components. In addition, this team develops innovative data capture and analysis techniques in the field to enhance emergency response efforts all around the world.

Overview

DRT Strategies delivers expert management consulting and information technology (IT) solutions to large federal agencies, the U.S. Navy, state and local government and commercial clients in health care, technology, and the financial services industries.

The three letters of our name, DRT, stand for Driving Resolutions Together, which is the core philosophy on which the company was founded. That is, we collaborate with our clients to solve their most pressing IT challenges – together.

We are problem solvers dedicated to your success, combining Fortune 500 experience with small business responsiveness. We have established a reputation with our clients as a forward thinking consulting firm with demonstrated success in implementing solutions that lead to meaningful results. Our world-class consultants unite people to work collaboratively to achieve project goals and make your vision a reality.

Responsibilities

  • Administer all aspects of ArcGIS Portal and associated ESRI software, including ArcGIS Server
  • Provide performance monitoring and tuning, service configuration, security, and licensing when needed
  • Provide user management support;
  • Make modifications to Portal using JavaScript
  • Troubleshoot hardware, software, and network issues
  • Automate deployment of ArcGIS Server via REST API & Python
  • Administer Enterprise Geodatabases using SQL
  • Automate analysis and reporting tasks using scripting languages such as Python/JavaScript to support field operations
  • Produce static and interactive cartographic products to communicate complex concepts to audiences of all types
  • Develop project documentation in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Qualifications
  • Ability to secure a Public Trust Clearance

Required Experience

  • Three (3) or more years of experience using ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal), ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, SDE
  • Three (3) or more years of experience with  relational database management systems using SQL
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in  Python, and JavaScript
  • Three (3) or more years of GIS analysis experience
  • Experience in platform architecture, solution design, planning, developing, deployment, and security
  • Experience in IIS and Windows Server Administration.
  • Knowledge of geospatial and mapping concepts such as spatial analysis, map projections, etc.
  • Working knowledge of ESRI JavaScript API/REST API using python
  • Excellent data management skills

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Project Coordinator, DRT Strategies

Category : Alumni

Project Summary

DRT provides GIS and technology solutions to support public health research and practice. This includes development of interactive web applications, widgets, and other data visualization products. The Project Coordinator role is part of the technical team and will work most closely with cross-organizational partners, developers, UX/UI engineers, software testers, communications experts and other project managers to support  the development of interactive software applications in a collaborative team environment comprised of public health professionals, researchers, developers, and designers.

Overview

DRT Strategies delivers expert management consulting and information technology (IT) solutions to large federal agencies, the U.S. Navy, state and local government and commercial clients in health care, technology, and the financial services industries.

The three letters of our name, DRT, stand for Driving Resolutions Together, which is the core philosophy on which the company was founded. That is, we collaborate with our clients to solve their most pressing IT challenges – together.

We are problem solvers dedicated to your success, combining Fortune 500 experience with small business responsiveness. We have established a reputation with our clients as a forward thinking consulting firm with demonstrated success in implementing solutions that lead to meaningful results. Our world-class consultants unite people to work collaboratively to achieve project goals and make your vision a reality.

Responsibilities 

  • Manage relationships with internal and cross-organizational partners
  • Coordinate design, development, and execution of technology projects
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define product requirements, milestones, deliverables, and execution strategy
  • Lead cross-functional teams comprised of researchers, programmers, designers, testers, and communication specialists
  • Develop partner-specific project plans to improve interactive mapping websites, data visualizations, and widgets.
  • Write and maintain project documentation such as meeting notes, project charters, change requests, project backlogs, and clearance documents
  • Lead weekly and bi-weekly project meetings and present project milestones to stakeholders
  • Conduct brainstorming sessions

Required Experience

  • 3-5 years of project management experience in either a public health or software development setting
  • Experience with public health systems and language
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams
  • Experience working on software development projects or with collaborating with technical teams
  • High-level understanding of relational database structure and application development
  • Working knowledge of JIRA
  • Able to obtain CDC Clearance
  • Must have excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Must have documented success supporting a cross-functional team
  • Must be a big-picture thinker who is well-organized, proactive, and works well in a team-setting
  • Must be flexible and comfortable with ambiguity
  • This role requires excellent communication skills and cross-functional team leadership.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


NORC’s Summer Internship, due 1/22

Applications are due 1/22 at 5pm CST.

Details:
-9 weeks, 6/17-8/16
-$20/hr for grad students
-Experience a summer of hands-on survey design, analysis, and operations
-Work in an environment where you’ll gain teamwork and project management skills that are important in any career
-Combine social science and statistical methods with the practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation
-Apply and develop your technical skills
-Learn the principles of survey research from its leading practitioners

Requirements:
-Preparation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
-Skills in statistical or general-purpose programming (e.g., SAS, Python, R, Java) recommended
-Strong interest in pursuing a career in social science research
-Curiosity about how to build a study design from fundamental data collection procedures
-Conscientiousness and ability to thrive in a team environment
-Creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving abilities
-Strong written and verbal communication skills

For more information and to apply, click HERE.