Monthly Archives: February 2019

Thursday: EPI Mock Interview Night

Category : News/Events

You asked and we delivered! Come chat with seasoned epidemiology professionals and hone your interview skills at the best epi-specific career development event of the year – Don’t miss it!

Bagel Breakfast – Wednesday 2/27 – 8-10am

Category : News/Events

RSGA EPI Reps invite EPI MPH/MSPH/PhD students and EPI staff members for our second spring Bagel Breakfast! Wednesday, February 27th 8am-10am, EPI lounge. See you there!

Surveillance Coordinator: IHRC

Category : Alumni

The Surveillance Coordinator will provide technical and intellectual support for MVPDB projects, including, but not limited to, the development, management, and enhancement of surveillance activities.

IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management, management consulting, bioinformatics, and administrative program support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal and private sector clients. The successful candidate will be a full-time employee of IHRC, Inc., and will be assigned to the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide scientific and technical support.

For more information: Click Here

Research Assistant – Analytics: HRA

Category : Alumni

Health Research and Analysis (HRA) provides data-driven, contextual, timely and actionable solutions that address the Nation’s health and healthcare priorities. The Research Assistant will support ongoing research studies by conducting literature searches, preparing graphs and tables, summarizing results, and managing and cleaning data.

Full-Time, 2 Openings

Location: Bethesda, MD

Apply by emailing: recruiting [at] health-ra [dot] com

For more information: Click Here

Closing Date: 3/15/2019

KEEP CALM AND EPI ON: Emotional Intelligence and Epidemiology

You’ve probably heard about emotional intelligence (EQ). Google tells us that EQ is,  “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically”. But what does that mean in the workplace, and how do we apply that to careers as epidemiologists? 

Take a look at a recent take on Emotional Intelligence from, a high-end career development site. How do qualities exhibited by the high-EQ apply to our careers as epidemiologists? 

People with emotional intelligence…

  1. Respond rather than react: So often we react and get defensive when faced with an emotionally charged situation or a difficult co-worker or client. In high-EQ people, once they get a handle on the root cause of a negative emotion (what’s pushing their buttons), they typically respond with a more patient, “keep calm” approach. They’ll process a situation about to go south, get perspective, listen with without judgment, and hold back from reacting head on. 
  2. Show up with their real selves: A common tendency for people at work is to put on a mask that hides who they truly are when faced with difficult people or situations. An emotionally-intelligent worker or leader shows up with integrity and her best and most authentic self; she’ll face those difficult people and situations with unfettered, emotional honesty and transparency.
  3. Think before they speak: There’s a nifty conversational technique called the “six second pause,” used by people with emotional intelligence to gather their thoughts before they speak. Why six seconds? The chemicals of emotion inside our brains and bodies usually last about six seconds. During a heated exchange, if we can pause for a short moment, the flood of chemicals being produced slows down. When you are frustrated or upset, before you say something harsh, this precious pause helps you to quickly assess the costs and benefits of your actions and make more careful choices.
  4. Handle tough situations better: Take an unhappy customer or a disgruntled coworker, for example. A high level of EQ in a colleague or manager will show up by staying calm and positive during tough conversations; it also shows up with firmness and boundaries to set limits on people during spiraling disagreements and unhealthy conflict.
  5. Practice self-control: Psychologist and best-selling author Daniel Goleman says this about people with self-control:”Reasonable people–the ones who maintain control over their emotions–are the people who can sustain safe, fair environments. In these settings, drama is very low and productivity is very high. Top performers flock to these organizations and are not apt to leave them”.Self-control is a learned skill to help you be more present, calmer, and focused during times of high stress. It’s a necessary emotional skill with long-term payoff.
  6. Look at the whole picture: Because they operate with a high degree of self-awareness, they’re able to see both sides of an issue and tap into their feelings and those of others to choose a different, and better, outcome. Quoting Daniel Goleman again, he says this about self-awareness:“If you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

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Epi Bagel Breakfast, 2/27

Category : News/Events

Join the Epidemiology department Wednesday, February 27 for bagel breakfast!

Data Systems Associate, RTI

Category : Alumni

The Data Systems Associate will support NTD programs implemented by RTI, including ENVISION ( and Act to End NTDs | East. The Associate will provide technical support for field survey electronic data collection (EDC) including data management, cleaning, statistical analysis, and remote or in-person training and capacity building.  The successful candidate will have excellent data management skills and strong attention to detail. This individual will also have the ability to collaborate respectfully with multiple team members from diverse backgrounds. This position is ideally based in Washington, DC. Consideration will also be given for candidates interested in RTI’s North Carolina headquarters. It will report to the Senior Epidemiologist.

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.

Cross-Sector Collaboration: An introduction to PHRASES

Category : Alumni

For more information on the PHRASES (Public Health Reaching Across Sectors) webinar, click HERE.

Mock Interview and Networking Night as Interviewers, 2/28

Category : Alumni

We are excited for the opportunity to connect our students with alumni as they get ready to graduate. We hope you will consider joining us as an interviewer and/or for the networking portion of the evening on February 28th. Please consider sharing this with your colleagues as well. No prior interviewing experience is necessary. We will provide suggested interview questions and tips to give feedback. If you have any suggestions for questions please contact Jena Black via email: jena [dot] black [at] emory [dot] edu. We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP HERE.


Summer 2019 Pathways to Practice Scholars Program

The Pathways to Practice Scholars program allows current public health students to gain practical experience while mentored by seasoned practitioners serving or working on behalf of underserved communities or populations. Students are eligible to apply after completing a semester of public health coursework.