Monthly Archives: March 2019

Student Spotlight: Allison Foster, 2nd Year EPI

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

Allison Foster, 2nd Year EPI MPH

Practicum: Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, WI

Last summer, I completed my practicum in Marshfield, Wisconsin at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI) in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health. For my REAL position, I work on domestic influenza surveillance efforts in the Influenza Division at CDC, and the MCRI is one of five sites in the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network which provides annual estimates of flu vaccine effectiveness. During my practicum, I had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the nation’s leaders in flu research while working on a project to assess the association between asthma and serious outcomes following influenza illness among school-aged children. I was also able to lead a journal club discussion, shadow clinicians and other clinic staff members, and assist in drafting a funding application for vaccine research. I recently presented a poster of my project at the ASPPH Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA on March 21, and I am currently working on a manuscript for publication.

American Statistical Association webinar, 5/23

Following the recent publication of a special issue of The American Statistician on “Statistical Inference in the 21st Century: A World Beyond p< 0.05” that features 43 papers on alternatives to p-values, the National Institute of Statistical Sciences is inviting you to a free webinar that provides a synopsis of the alternative ideas covered in the special issue and encourages additional discussions around this important topic.

The webinar will be held on Thursday May 23, 12-2pm ET (9-11am PT). Following is lineup of the speakers for the webinar (all times are ET).

12:00 Esra Kurum, (University of California, Riverside)
Introductions and moderator guidelines

12:05 Nicole Lazar, (University of Georgia)
“History of the topic and the motivation for American Statistical Association’s and The American Statistician’s involvement in
this topic”

12:25 Daniel Jeske, (University of California, Riverside)
“Overview of some of the technical matter found in some of the alternatives found in the special issue of The American

12:55 Jessica Utts, (University of California, Irvine)
“How we might teach and influence inter–disciplinary collaborations”

1:15 Nell Sedransk, (Director-DC, National Institute of Statistical Science)
“Translation to other contexts: social science and big data research”

1:30 Q & A with the audience and speakers
Moderated by Esra Kurum

The webinar will use Zoom and is free to the public. Please register for this event HERE.

Summer Institute on the Social Determinants of Health

Category : Alumni

The Summer Institute on the Social Determinants of Health, will be held at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. The early bird deadline is fast approaching (April 10).  

The Institute is offering three courses: group randomized trials, taught by Drs. Kelli Komro and Melvin Livingston; multilevel modeling, taught by Dr. Michael Kramer; and qualitative data analysis, taught by Dr. Monique Hennink (cross-listed with her QUAL-WORKS series). Courses will be offered in May/June.

Learn more about the institute by clicking HERE.

Summer Practicum with Georgia Department of Public Health

**Unpaid Summer Internship**

The Georgia Department of Public Health is seeking qualified candidates to work with the Enteric Disease and Emerging Infections Program Team, under the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section.

This Intern position is 10 – 40 hours/week or less (part-time) for the Summer semester. The Intern position can be used to satisfy college credit or practicum hours.

Job Description:

The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for a current MPH student to assist in patient interviewing, data entry, data collection, data management, medical chart reviews, and other clerical work. The position includes calling cases and controls to conduct interviews related to communicable disease surveillance, special studies, and outbreaks during weekday, weeknight, and weekend hours. Data entry and management responsibilities will include using various databases, such as Excel, Access, and the Georgia electronic notifiable disease system. Although the person filling this position will have the opportunity to learn about notifiable disease surveillance in general, the focus will be following up on reportable enteric disease cases, such as cases of Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, Listeria, Vibrio, Yersinia, Cryptosporidium, and Cyclospora, as well as surveillance duties for invasive bacterial diseases under the Emerging Infections Program.

As part of a practicum experience, the student will:

1. Gain an understanding of how notifiable disease surveillance functions.

2. Understand how outbreak investigations are conducted.

3. Have an opportunity to analyze notifiable disease surveillance, study, and/or outbreak data.


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 entire population.


Prevent disease, injury and disability; promote health and well-being; prepare for and respond to disasters.

Minimum Qualification:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualification:

Experience conducting interviews


2 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta GA 30303

If interested or if you have questions, please contact Hope Dishman (Hope [dot] Dishman [at] dph [dot] ga [dot] gov) or Nadine Oosmanally (Nadine [dot] Oosmanally [at] dph [dot] ga [dot] gov)

Epidemiologist 1, Clayton County Board of Health

Category : Alumni

Job Summary:

Under supervision, plans, develops, and conducts epidemiologic investigations, surveillance and interventions limited in scope and/or complexity to determine the causes of diseases and implement methods of disease control. Collects, analyzes, and interprets statistical data and prepares epidemiologic reports. Incumbent at this level may require additional; training or experience to gain full proficiency in some or all the job responsibilities.

Primary Duties and Job Responsibilities:

Assists in the implementation of timely disease intervention strategies to decrease the prevalence of communicable diseases.
Designs, implements, and maintains disease surveillance.
Collects, analyzes, and interprets statistical data and prepares reports.
Assists with the development of policies and procedures for new and existing disease control programs.
Provides training, technical assistance, and consultative services regarding epidemiology and the control of diseases.
Serves as a point of contact for various personnel regarding moderately complex epidemiologic issues.
Performs various duties in support of section operations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in public health or closely related field from an accredited college or university OR Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university AND 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 giving to applicants that have a master’s degree in epidemiology or biostatistics, experience in conducting public health surveillance, analyzing epidemiologic data, conducting in-depth outbreak investigations, reporting results of analysis and implementing disease control measures and strategies. Extensive knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office applications.


ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES Phone (678) 610-7245




Epi Grand Rounds, 4/12

Category : News/Events

The Epi Grand Rounds lecture will be held Friday, April 12 from 12 pm to 1 pm. Dr. Sandro Galea will present on understanding equity and efficiency to inform population decision making.

National Public Health Week Events, 4/1-4/4

Category : News/Events

April 1-4 events will be held in the RSPH courtyard from 12-1pm to celebrate National Public Health Week. Events include planting your own plant, spa day, yoga, coffee, and tea, and king of pops.

Tennessee Department of Health Epidemiologist 1

Category : Alumni

The position’s main responsibility will be to provide epidemiological support to the Tennessee Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) in the Division of Family Health and Wellness (FHW). He/she will also assist the senior epidemiologist with other data-related needs for the Division’s Newborn Screening Program.

CLPPP is a CDC-funded project housed in the Division of Family Health and Wellness, Pediatric Case Management and Follow-up Program. The long term goal of CLPPP is to prevent and ultimately eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a major public health problem and improve the health of communities across Tennessee.

Under the general guidance of the senior epidemiologist, the incumbent will work with the CLPPP program director and case management and follow-up nurses to ensure all epi-related grant activities are completed and outcomes are achieved in the timeframe given in the CLPPP Work Plan. He/she will identify at-risk geographic areas for childhood lead poisoning; evaluate the timeliness and efficacy of case management of children with elevated blood lead levels; collaborate with the University of Tennessee Extension (UT Ext) LeadTRK Team to ensure Tennessee lead data meet CDC’s quality requirements and are submitted by CDC’s deadlines; document the burden of lead poisoning among Tennessee children and present lead poison findings at the CLPPP Advisory Meetings; provide data support to the Newborn Screening Program when needed; and respond to other data-related requests received by the Division.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Movie Night, 4/18

Category : News/Events

Join us for a movie night featuring the work of one of our colleagues at Rollins, Madison Hayes! The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea will be screened Thursday April 18 at 6pm in the CNR auditorium with popcorn and drinks.

Volunteer for DataFest, 4/5-4/7

The workshops focus on using Python and R for data cleaning and visualization. QTM has kindly offered to let some of our students sit in on those tech workshops. Since the workshops are meant for undergraduates participating in DataFest, the team organizing the event has asked that if we enroll in any of those workshops, we also sign up for a ~2-4 hour volunteer shift during Datafest.

If you plan to attend any of those workshops, please sign up through the links above.