Monthly Archives: April 2019

Chief Epidemiologist, Fulton County Board of Health

Category : Alumni

Description

The Fulton County Board of Health is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Chief Epidemiologist.

Job Responsibilities

Desired Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience as a manager in public health practice at a state or county health department with an emphasis on applied epidemiology and infection control
  • Ability to oversee, manage, and supervise the work of epidemiologists conducting health and epidemiologic surveillance.
  • Knowledge of research methods, procedures, and techniques used in identifying and evaluating disease characteristics
  • Substantial knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes and practices used in the control of these diseases
  • Experience in the investigation and response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies
  • Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures and knowledge of state and Federal laws, statues, and regulations.
  • Experience in data management including: (1) experience analyzing large syndromic surveillance or other healthcare datasets using SAS or other similar software packages, and (2) presenting these analyses orally and in writing.
  • Experience with grant writing and other funding proposals

Organizational Management

  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and clients in a global and matrixed environment.
  • Knowledge of the principles of leadership and how to effectively interact with various leadership styles
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ensure effective collaborative partnerships among the data team members and with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to participate in after-hour activities including partner meetings, investigations, outbreaks and emergency responses as needed.

Communication

  • Effective verbal and written communication, such as oral presentations, written reports, articles, and/or abstracts
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders including federal, regional, state, and local stakeholders in partnerships, coalitions, councils, and/or associations, healthcare providers, elected officials.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or a closely related field AND Two years of experience supervising/leading epidemiologic programs
OR
Master’s degree in Public Health or a closely related field AND Three years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field in a supervisory or team lead role
OR
Two years at the lower level or position equivalent with management/supervisory responsibilities.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Prior experience working in a state or local public health department, ideally as an epidemiologist
  • Appreciation for public health research and its role for informing programmatic priorities of local health departments
  • Enthusiasm for learning from epidemiologic data and using that data to inform public health practice
  • Experience and/or interest in Public Health Department Accreditation

Additional Information

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and  leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals.  A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

 


Applied Research and Modeling Team, Influenza Division at CDC

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is currently available with the Influenza Division (ID), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Applied Research and Modeling (ARM) Team, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is seeking a motivated Master’s or Doctoral level graduate with a background in epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics, or related field. This project will offer a unique opportunity to train with a multi-disciplinary team focusing on innovative ways to gather, analyze, and disseminate public health information.

The Influenza Division provides the scientific and programmatic foundation and leadership for the diagnosis, prevention, and control of influenza domestically and internationally. The ARM team supports surveillance and research platforms that supplement our understanding of influenza transmission and severity through data analysis and mathematical modeling. The Team is particularly interested in exploring the potential utility of new and under-used data sources that could allow for better or timelier understanding of the epidemiology of influenza.

The selected candidate will primarily be involved in projects that include: (1) assisting in the coordination and visualization of influenza forecasts through the CDC-sponsored FluSight forecasting network, (2) analysis of data from the FluSurv-NET hospitalization surveillance system and use of that data to make routine estimates of influenza disease burden. The participant will also develop an understanding of how analytics and modeling support the response to seasonal and pandemic influenza.

Individuals interested in the position with strong quantitative skills (with either a Master’s or PhD) should contact Matthew Biggerstaff, ScD, MPH, their resumes and cover letters at zmo2 [at] cdc [dot] gov.


Social Enterprise Mixer, 4/25

Category : News/Events

Delta Omega and the Office of Career Development invite you to a panel discussion and networking with prominent Atlanta area social entrepreneurs and learn what it takes to start a business that can have a positive social impact.


Vote for EPI TA of the Year!

VOTE FOR OUTSTANDING EPI TA!

Was one of your Epidemiology teaching assistants (TA) from the Fall or Spring term this year truly outstanding?  Please let us know what a great job your TA did by nominating her or him for the 2ndAnnual Epidemiology Program Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.  Nominations can be submitted individually or as a group using this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQpTH9mmBhrKhRXD1o6SF5yi4uQGP0yC3vO68lq3bK-rKSSQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please submit your nomination by 04/29/19.

Thank you for taking the time to support your TAs!

Penny


First Year Students Emma Klein and Christina Chandra present at the HIV and Aging Conference

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

First year GLEPI MSPH student Emma Klein and EPI MPH student Christina Chandra presented this week at an HIV & Aging Conference.

Emma said:

“I was able to present research that I conducted at my REAL job about older adults using methadone for recovery from opioid use disorder. It was an honor for my abstract to be selected and for my PI to allow me to represent the team. My favorite thing about the conference was the opportunity to connect with more established researchers who were very supportive of my work and my career ambitions.”

 

Congratulations Emma and Christina!


Summer Research Fellowship, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Category : Alumni

CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has an opening for a summer research fellow in Cincinnati, Ohio, beginning June 3. The fellow will work with epidemiologists in the branch on a systematic review of the hazards of occupational heavy lifting during pregnancy led by Dr. Leslie MacDonald. The position is open to current students and recent graduates, MPH or PhD. The fellow must be willing to relocate to Cincinnati for the summer; remote work is not possible.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Graduate Research Assistant, 2019 Summer Term

The PRISM Health research team is looking to hire three  graduate research assistance to support a variety of projects during the 2019 summer term. PRISM Health is a large and diverse research team that focuses on sexual minority health, within the Department of Epidemiology. Graduate students will work across various studies and, depending on interest, can assist with in-person study visits, phone scheduling, assembling and mailing biological specimen collection kits, and data entry.

Desired qualifications include: detail-oriented, some SAS experience, comfortable talking on the phone and working directly with participants, interest in HIV and HIV prevention, and knowledge of HIV prevention basics. Hours are flexible, average 10-20 hours/week. $12/hour.  The position can extend into the 2019/2020 academic year for students with REAL funding.

To learn more about PRISM Health go here: http://prismhealth.emory.edu/

If you are interested, please submit your resume to Sarah Wiatrek at swiatre [at] emory [dot] edu. Also, feel free to reach out with any questions.


Bios and Epi Trivia Night, 4/17

Category : Archive

Join the Epi and Bios departments for Trivia Night April 17 from 5-7pm. Food and drinks will be served.


Career Opportunities: Research Assistant / Clinical Data Collector

Category : Alumni

Organization Overview

The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. The underpinning of our work is a research-to-practice framework, through which we engage in activities from research to program implementation. DHE provides a dynamic and collaborative work environment to our employees that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration.

Opportunity:

Abt Associates seeks a Phlebotomist/Research Assistant to support an assessment of environmental exposures and health outcomes among adults and children near Portsmouth, NH. Qualified candidates will have documentation of phlebotomy training and certification. This position will be responsible for screening and enrolling study participants, administering questionnaires, and collecting blood and anthropomorphic measurements.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Enroll study participants and administer informed consent to enrolled guardians/participants
  • Participate in required training
  • Administer questionnaire to adults and children (using a laptop)
  • Enter data into computer system
  • Collect anthropometric measures of all participants according to study protocol
  • Process urine samples collected by study participants. Perform blood draw on all participants
  • Handle and process all biologic specimens according to protocol
  • Correspond with physicians’ offices to collect medical information and with schools to collect school records
  • Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours are required

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites:

  • Documentation of phlebotomy training and certification required; completion of an accredited clinical assistant program or medical assistant program preferred
  • Pediatric clinical experience preferred
  • Flexibility in scheduling required to accommodate participant schedules. Work schedule will include some early morning, evening, and weekend hours
  • Accuracy and attention to detail; ability to identify and follow through on project issues, show initiative, and operate independently and with good judgement
  • Must be able communicate clearly and professionally
  • Basic computer skills required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 0 – 1 years of experience with bachelor degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

To apply, click HERE.


Career Opportunities: Senior Analyst / Clinical Research Coordinator

Category : Alumni

Organization Overview

The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. The underpinning of our work is a research-to-practice framework, through which we engage in activities from research to program implementation. DHE provides a dynamic and collaborative work environment to our employees that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration.

 

Opportunity:

Abt Associates seeks a Clinical Research Coordinator to support an assessment of environmental exposures and health outcomes among adults and children near Portsmouth, NH. This position will be responsible for overseeing study participant enrollment, data and sample collection, and lab processing. Supervisory duties include managing an office of 3-4 data collection staff, handling sensitive participant information, and overseeing storage and shipment of biological specimens for lab processing.

 

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the screening and enrollment of study participants. Administer informed consent to individuals who enroll in the study and respond to study inquiries from participants
  • Monitor data entry and storage to protect participant information in compliance with study protocol. Maintain log of all protocol deviations
  • Administer a questionnaire to adults and children (using a laptop). and a battery of neurobehavioral tests to children
  • Collect anthropometric measures of all participants according to study protocol
  • Process and ship urine samples collected by study participants. Collect, process, and ship blood samples from all participants
  • Oversee specimen processing, storage, and shipment according to protocol
  • Collect medical and school record data, as needed
  • Provide training and technical supervision to less experienced staff
  • Exercise initiative to resolve complex non-routine matters. Implement and manage project schedules, plans, goals and budgets under the indirect supervision of more senior staff. Independently analyze issues to reconcile and resolve problems
  • Apply knowledge and experience of general operations, systems, and project procedures
  • Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours are required

 

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites:

  • Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
  • At least two years of clinical research experience
  • Trained phlebotomist
  • Technical expertise and supervisory/staff development skills
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience processing and shipping biologic specimens
  • Excellent interpersonal communication with adults and children of various ages and various levels of education/backgrounds; professional, respectful and tactful communication with subjects by telephone and in person; ability to communicate effectively and clearly in writing
  • Ability to initiate and follow through on assignments with attention to detail; demonstrated accuracy in work habits
  • Ability to efficiently organize, prioritize, understand and meet deadlines for testing, data entry and general assignments
  • Ability to obtain and respond to sensitive information in a professional manner
  • Demonstrated capabilities in managing project tasks and budgets

Minimum Qualifications:

  • (1.) Two years of college in a scientific, health related, or business administration program and three years clinical research experience OR (2.) Licensed as a practical nurse (LPN) and two years clinical research experience OR (3.) Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, health related, or business administration related program and one year of clinical research experience

To apply, click HERE.