Monthly Archives: February 2019

Epidemiologist, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter)

Category : Alumni

Job Summary

Under general supervision, analyzes and interprets public health surveillance data. Provides technical assistance, statistical analysis, grant writing, and project evaluation.

Required Qualification and Skills

A Master’s degree in Epidemiology or related field from an accredited college program, AND five (5) years of epidemiology experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of research program resources, protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Alaskan Native health system, cultures and health issues.
  • Knowledge of data gathering, analysis and reporting.
  • Knowledge of effective presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable computer system software programs.
  • Skill in analyzing, interpreting and reporting health data.
  • Skill in survey design and database management techniques.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software, including statistical applications.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication and presenting technical data at multiple levels.
  • Skill in data collection, analysis, reporting and evaluation.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers and representatives from other local, state and federal agencies.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Data Systems Associate, RTI International

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

Duties and Responsibilities:

Electronic data collection platform management

  • Prepare server for each survey event including uploading questionnaires, adding new users, and clearing out test data
  • Modify Open Data Kit (ODK) questionnaires (XLS and XLM forms) as required for each country
  • Act as liaison with in-country and HQ teams to plan and implement EDC portion of surveys
  • Support country teams to set up mobile devices and troubleshoot data collection issues

Survey Data management

  • Monitor data during times when surveys are in the field and issue feedback to countries promptly
  • Create or update data monitoring, data cleaning, and analytical output scripts in STATA or R  
  • Identify opportunities for data analysis and visual analytics to increase efficiency and effectiveness of survey activities both through online and offline tools including GIS software
  • Continually improve database and interface by writing requirements, validating requirements, working with developers as needed, and testing new functionality
  • Perform statistical analysis on individual and cross-country datasets for routine reporting and special requests

Information management and training

  • Review protocols and reports to ensure that EDC and survey data management is described appropriately
  • Create and maintain “standard” questionnaires for typical surveys and track changes and versions through version control platform such as GitHub
  • Contribute to the creation of training materials for EDC surveys including field training manuals, presentations, and other materials as needed
  • Coordinate with Learning Specialist to identify and compile lessons learned based on field implementation of EDC
  • Maintain a repository of protocols, questionnaires, and reports for all surveys
  • Create and maintain a machine-readable database for tracking survey document information, results, and datasets for surveys
  • Occasional travel to countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and South East Asia to support training in EDC and data management



  • Bachelor’s degree experience in statistics, computer science, or a related field and 3 years of experience; OR Master’s degree in public health, statistics, or another analytics field, plus 1 year of experience (a must)
  • Prior experience with electronic data capture systems specifically use of ODK
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Proven programming ability in STATA or R statistical software
  • Experience working in and querying SQL database environment
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized
  • Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment
  • Intercultural mindfulness and sensitivity
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 10% of the time
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

For questions, please contact Clara Burgert Brucker at cburgert [at] rti [dot] org

Research Associate, East Tennessee State University

Category : Alumni

Job Summary

ETSU is a Doctoral Research Intensive university with more than 15,000 students. ETSU is located in the Johnson City metropolitan area, an economic and healthcare hub nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The region surrounding the university is home to beautiful rivers, mountain streams, State and National Parks, excellent public and private schools, and a wide variety of cultural offerings.

Our department is one of five academic units in the CEPH-accredited College of Public Health. The College is home to a diverse range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs, research centers, and projects. Faculty enjoy collaborative relationships with four other health-related colleges within the University’s Academic Health Sciences Center, the Mountain Home VA Medical Center, and the region’s public health and health care systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge and experience in quantitative research and evaluation methodologies for the social sciences.
• Demonstrated ability to use SASSTATA, or R statistical software packages for data management and analysis.
• Demonstrated ability to apply appropriate statistical methods for complex research designs involving cross-sectional and/or longitudinal data.
• Knowledge of relational database management systems and SQL programming.
• Demonstrated proficiency using computer programs for word processing, presentation, data entry, and data analysis.
• Demonstrated ability to manage large datasets with data management best practice methods.
• Demonstrated proficiency in scientific and technical writing and program evaluation.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to prepare manuscripts and evaluation reports for publication and dissemination.
• Ability to coordinate multiple resources and tasks.
• Possess strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work productively with multiple audiences including faculty, staff, and students.
• Demonstrated ability to work as an essential member of a highly functioning and diverse research team.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program, due 3/25

The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) program is a national program designed to encourage predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are from health disparities populations to pursue research, teaching and leadership careers in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences. The program provides support for predoctoral (predoctoral graduate students and undergraduate students) and postdoctoral trainees to do research work in global settings. MIRT is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) Program. The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) builds on established linkages with academic institutions throughout the world including in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, India, South Africa, and the USA.

Program Objectives:

(1) To encourage predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are from health disparities populations to pursue research, teaching and leadership careers in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences
(2) To enhance the research efforts and research training of students who are from health disparities populations to include consideration of global health issues
(3) To stimulate and support international research and research collaborations seeking to address local, regional, national and global health disparities between Harvard faculty and faculty at research institutions in developing countries
(4) To assess hypothesized environmental, economic, social, geo-political, and genetic determinants of health disparity so that innovative strategies for closing health disparities gaps may be developed, implemented and evaluated.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

The Why, What, and How of Phone Interviews

Phone based interviews, whether as the main interview or part of a preliminary screening process, are extremely prevalent in many fields, including public health. Phone interviews can help employers refine a large pool of applicants and/or can facilitate interviews for geographically distant applicants (i.e. that Epidemiologist I job you applied to in Alaska). I have done four phone interviews so far in my career (including one from my car—not generally recommended but works in a pinch) and I remember wondering how best to prepare: what types of questions would they ask, what did I sound like on the phone, should I prepare notes for myself?

As someone who will likely undergo a phone interview at some point in your career, and who may be in a position of conducting them yourself, it is important to be knowledgeable about best practices for phone interviews and the subtle ways they can differ from in-person interviewing. The below series of articles by Allison Green documents why employers conduct phone interviews, how to best conduct yourself during a phone interview, and, always important, what not to do during a phone interview. I would also encourage you to check out Allison’s popular website,, for more great tips on the job search process and answers to almost any job related question or scenario you can think of.

Why Employers Do Phone Interviews

How To Ace Your Next Phone Interview

Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes In Your Next Phone Interview

-Nicole Regan, EPI ADAP

EPIDEMIOLOGIST II, Maryland Department of Health

Category : Alumni

Main Purpose Of Job

This position will support the activities of the Behavioral Health Administration’s (BHA) Office of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and Overdose Prevention Applied Data Programs (OPADP) through the advanced level of work providing statistical analysis of a range of State databases to better understand Maryland’s substance use, addiction and overdose trends and to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of State and local initiatives. This position will support both public health surveillance and programs within PDMP and ODADP and across the Division of Health Promotion and Prevention, and will facilitate data interchange between State agencies; use SAS or analogous software to identify trends; develop surveillance reports that visually display and analyze geographic and other surveillance data; provide scientific advice and technical assistance to stakeholders and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation expertise; and analyze data to help develop and evaluate BHA programs and their impact.

Education:    A Master’s degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university with a minimum of three graduate courses in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics.  A copy of your transcript must be attached to the application.

Experience:  Two years of experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and investigations for disease surveillance as an epidemiologist subsequent to receipt of the Master’s degree.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Lilly Boyer, 1st Year EPI & Alumni Kristina Lai, Rebecca Lewis, and Kristen Allen work together at CHOA

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

First year EPI student Lilly Boyer works alongside Kristina Lai, Rebecca Lewis, and Kristen Allen, Emory EPI Alumni at CHOA’s Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorder Center.

Lilly Boyer, EPI 2020: “I work with Rebecca on cancer survivorship research studies. I’m currently helping to review children’s oncology group centers who have survivor clinic. I really like working at CHOA because of the community and I can tell the staff really care about the patients we serve. I am very passionate about working in cancer survivorship to improve the quality of life of childhood cancer survivors.

Rebecca has been a great boss! She pays close attention to detail so she’s been incredible helpful in checking over the surveys. I have learned a lot from her about data analysis! (Also, she’s very kind- she made brownies for my birthday.)

I don’t work with Kristina in an official capacity but our desks are closeby. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and ask her questions about her experiences at Rollins, the field of epidemiology and about her work at CHOA.”

Rebecca Lewis, MPH EPI 2011: “I am a Research Epidemiologist with the survivorship team at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Our research focuses primarily on the late effects of therapy among pediatric cancer survivors. My day to day is filled with the spectrum of research from helping to design studies and write grants to cleaning and analyzing data to preparing manuscripts for publication.

I spend a lot of time cleaning and merging data so my SAS skills have been fundamental.

I truly enjoyed learning the course work — the curriculum focuses on instilling methods that can be used in a variety of fields.”

Kristina Lai, MPH GLEPI 2016: “I am a research epidemiologist for the sickle cell disease team here at CHOA. I mostly work on projects related to health services, but I frequently collaborate with psychologists, infectious disease physicians, and outside partners in public health for any research related to sickle cell disease. I also manage a large clinical database of sickle cell patients that is used by CHOA physicians and partners for clinical trials and outcomes research.

The training I received at Emory has provided me with a fantastic foundation for a career in epidemiology!”

Thanks to the CHOA Team for sharing their #IAmEmoryEPI story with us! If you work with other Emory EPI students and alumni, we’d love for you to share your stories with us! Email us or submit your answers here:

CDC Foundation, Epidemiologist

Category : Alumni

The CDC Maternal Health Team and CDC Foundation have partnered to implement a project to increase U.S. capacity for collecting and using maternal mortality review data related to pregnancy-associated overdose deaths, in order to help develop a national picture of opportunities for eliminating these preventable maternal deaths. The project will provide support and resources to selected maternal mortality review committees, implement enhancements to the CDC developed Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA), develop guidance for abstracting, reviewing, and using data on pregnancy-associated overdose deaths, and identify recommended approaches for prevention.
The Epidemiologist works closely with the Lead Epidemiologist, Project Manager, and the Senior Partnerships and Outreach Manager for the Building US Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths Initiative to support project activities.
• Analyze both qualitative and quantitative data from MMRIA
• Lead or co-lead qualitative and quantitative analysis webinars and in-person trainings.
• Provide distance-based and onsite technical support for selected maternal mortality review committees in analyzing and using qualitative and quantitative data collected on pregnancy-associated overdose deaths.
• Serve as lead writer and analyst on at least one publication.
• Serve as lead reviewer of toolkits or guidance documents related to informant interviews or focus group discussions.
• Contribute to additional reports and communication products from the project as needed.
• Build and manage partnerships with organizations to expand and support project work.
• Promote project at meetings and conferences as needed.

• A Master’s degree is required (preferably in Epidemiology, Anthropology, Psychology, or a related field); a Doctorate degree in one of the aforementioned fields is preferred
• At least two years of experience leading the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data
• Proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at conferences
• Proficient in at least one statistical analysis software program; SAS is preferred
• Proficient in at least one qualitative analysis software program; MaxQDA is preferred
• Facilitation and conflict management skills; flexible and adaptable
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
• Able to work independently and within a team environment
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Thursday: CFAR Special Seminar

Category : News/Events

Exploiting Oxidative Stress to Tackle the HIV Reservoir: From Basic Science to Clinical Trials

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Savarino, MD, Istituto Superiore di Sanitá (ISS) – Rome, Italy

Health Science Research Building Auditorium
1760 Haygood Drive

Time: 5pm

More Information: Click Here

Save the Date – Chair’s Chat – March 26

Category : News/Events

Save the date for our final Chair’s Chat of the year! Tuesday, March 26 from 12-12:50pm! Share your thoughts with the Dr. Tim Lash, hear from epidemiologists, and grab some pizza!