Monthly Archives: May 2019

Surveillance Officer, Emerging Infections Program

Category : Alumni

Position Summary
This position will conduct surveillance, review laboratory audits, and complete case report forms through medical record review in assigned medical facilities for specified infectious diseases. The Surveillance Officer will also be assigned to a project area to assist on data management, other data acquisition, and case-control and other special studies.

Job Functions
Function 1 (70%): Assist with data collection, entry, management, and analysis for assigned program area.
Function 2 (25%): Conduct surveillance for specific pathogens including case identification and medical record review or acquisition. Interact with contacts in local medical facilities. Opens a New Window.
Function 3 (5%): Conduct telephone interviews for case-control and other special studies. May require some evening and weekend hours to cover call shifts.

Other Functions: May be required to transport bacterial isolates or specimens from facilities in the metro Atlanta area to the VA Medical Center, the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, or CDC. Assist with isolate or specimen log-in in the laboratory, isolate tracking, or specimen shipping.

Minimum Requirements
Education: Bachelor’s degree in public health-related field is required. Master’s degree in Public Health from an accredited university is strongly preferred. A concentration in Epidemiology or infectious disease is strongly preferred.

Experience: Bachelor’s degree plus 2 or more full-time years working with infectious diseases in a clinical or public health environment is required. Master’s degree in public health from an accredited university plus 1-2 years of experience working with infectious diseases in a clinical or public health environment is highly desirable. 1-2 years working in a medical clinical environment is desirable. Experience working with EIP pathogens is highly desirable.

Specific Skills: Working knowledge of SAS, Access, and Excel is required.

Special Knowledge, Licenses, Etc.: Spanish fluency is desirable.

To apply, click HERE.

Epidemiologist for the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Program

Category : Alumni

Position Description:

Overview: The Epidemiologist for the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Program is responsible for carrying out a broad and complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Job Description: Develops and analyzes out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data using statistical methods. Assists researchers in developing appropriate study protocols. Reviews and audits analysis plans, SAS programs, and data output including tables and figures. Keeps abreast of the latest statistical modeling and computing tools, as well as peer-reviewed cardiac arrest literature and epidemiological studies. Participates in the development and selection of appropriate statistical methods and tests. Prepares method sections for inclusion in study protocols. Reviews the design and content of database designs and data quality checks. Develops and validates SAS programs to support descriptive and multivariate analyses. Provides interpretations of results, and prepares the relevant sections for study reports. Creates and maintains biostatistical documentation, including descriptions of methods, SAS programs and results. Monitors data collection, institutes procedures to assure data quality and guarantees study protocols are followed appropriately.

Manages the CARES national and state data sharing committees, with the goal of assuring accurate and timely presentation of CARES data to the scientific community. Reviews data sharing proposals, abstracts, and manuscripts for scientific merit, and provides expertise to researchers regarding methodological techniques and data output. Ensures all projects utilizing the CARES dataset abide by specified timelines and adhere to CARES data sharing guidelines. May participate in peer-reviewed manuscript authorship. Writes and/or revises quantitative, epidemiologic, and medical sections of manuscripts.

Is responsible for maintaining the quality and integrity of the CARES dataset through data cleaning and data manipulation. Conducts advanced descriptive and multivariate analysis of the CARES data and summarizes key findings. Produces the CARES Annual Report. Is proficient with ArcGIS software, and is responsible for providing ArcGIS mapping output to CARES participants.

Provides support and serves as a technical resource to collaborating researchers, CARES staff, and state coordinators. Serves as a liaison to and works with other groups and organizations participating in related programs. Attendance at national scientific conferences as needed. Performs related responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications: A master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a data-related field and three years of experience, preferably in an academic setting, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Health Services, Department of WIC & Nutrition Epidemiologist

Category : Alumni

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH)is recruiting to fill a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) & Nutrition Epidemiologist position within the Bureau of Community Health Promotion in Madison, Wisconsin.
DHS is located at 1 West Wilson Street in the heart of downtown Madison, near the State Capitol, the Madison Metro route and the Capital City bike path. In addition, there are plenty of nearby restaurants, shopping venues, and Wednesday farmer’s market.
State of Wisconsin benefits include 3.9 weeks of vacation, 9 paid holidays, an ample amount of sick leave, a top rated benefits package, low cost insurance options, and an exceptional retirement plan. In addition to a top-rated benefits package, DHS also offers on-site yoga classes, an indoor walking area, and a supportive and collaborative work environment.
This position will work Monday through Friday, daytime hours with travel up to 15% of the time. Occasional overnight stays may be required. We offer a team-orientated atmosphere and a focus on work-life balance.

Position Summary:
Duties of this position will include surveillance to monitor trends and the evaluation of effectiveness of prevention strategies; technical consultation; dissemination of findings to policy makers, program planners, and health professionals; coordination of statewide activities; grant monitoring; report writing; and attendance at local, state, and national level conferences. Specific surveillance and research responsibilities will include WIC risk factor data. The work requires close coordination with other units and sections with DHS, DPH Regional Offices, and local agencies. This position will provide technical assistance/consultation for statewide projects and to local agencies/grantees.

Special Notes:

All applicants who may be appointed will be required to allow the DHS to conduct a background check to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job being filled.

This position requires the ability to occasionally drive a State vehicle or provide one’s own transportation.


Minimally qualified candidates will have:

Training or experience in public health epidemiology and program evaluation.
Experience using data collection techniques and computer database systems to collect, analyze, interpret, or disseminate data.
Experience developing tools, reports, visuals, or presentations to actively use data in program and policy implementation or evaluation.
Experience providing reports and presentations to diverse audiences (i.e., executive management and external partners at the state and national level).
Effective communication skills.
In addition, well-qualified candidates will also have:
Experience using statistical software to collect, analyze, interpret, and/or disseminate data (e.g. MS Excel, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS, etc.).
Training or experience with quality improvement methods.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Public Health Leadership Institute apply by 6/14

Category : Alumni

New Public Health Leadership Institute Begins This September
Applications are now being accepted for the Region IV Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI). The PHLI is an 8-month experience providing 40 contact hours of virtual and in-person interaction. There is no fee to participate.

Applicants who meet the following criteria are invited to apply by June 14, 2019:
>> Are employed by state, local or tribal public health departments/tribal health organizations
>> Work in one of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
>> Manage programs, supervise staff and/or demonstrate leadership potential

For more information, click HERE.


Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

Congratulations to our Emory EPI graduates! We are so proud of your hard work and success throughout your time at RSPH and are excited to see the great contributions you will make to public health. Make sure to keep in touch– we’ll still see you each Monday with our Alumni Confounder! Congratulations on a job well done!

Research Data Analyst, Northwestern

Category : Alumni

Job Summary:

The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting.  Establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. Performs data analysis using statistical techniques. This role researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. Assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.

Program Description:

The Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program (EDIT), housed in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), is directed by Dr. Gregory Phillips II and Dr. Lauren B. Beach (Associate Director), and attempts to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in Chicago and beyond. EDIT’s goals are to (1) be a local leader in the evaluation of interventions focused on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority individuals; (2) help community agencies build capacity to strategically plan and implement and evaluate innovative and culturally responsive programming that serves sexual and gender minority individuals through the provision of tailored technical assistance; (3) use a wide array of data sources to enhance understanding of health disparities of sexual and gender minority individuals at a local and national level; and (4) share best practices and lessons learned from program evaluation and research studies with policymakers, funders, and service providers to improve community response to serving sexual and gender minority individuals.

Project Description:

The goal of this project is to use data collected within the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a biennial health survey of high school students, to assess alcohol use disparities between sexual minority youth and heterosexual youth across several jurisdictions and years. The national YRBS collected information on sexual minority status for the first time in 2015, providing the opportunity to conduct innovative research on alcohol and other health disparities on a national scale.

Job Activities:

The primary job activity will be to clean, pool, and analyze data from multiple years of YRBS administration. This will entail development of cleaning protocols, extensive documentation of programs, maintenance of large databases, and conducting advanced analytic procedures. Data analysis will be conducted primarily with SAS, SAS-Callable SUDAAN, and Stata.

To apply, click HERE.

Communicating Research through Visual Abstracts, 5/30

Category : News/Events

The Office of Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance is hosting Dr. Joel Topf to do a free webinar on the basics of putting together a visual abstract to summarize your research. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a visual abstract is a graphic image and representation of key findings from your study. They can be a really helpful tool for disseminating your research to broad audiences who may not be able to read your entire manuscript or study.

We hope you can join the webinar! This would be a great webinar for current graduate students, researchers, academics, and anyone else who wants to disseminate good research!

See below for more information:

Date: Thursday May 30th

Time: 2pm EST

Registration: Click HERE.

Thesis Spotlight: Ramya Ramaraju, EPI MPH 2019

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

Ramya Ramaraju, EPI MPH 2019

Thesis: Assessing the Unexpected Impacts of Rotavirus Vaccination on Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in the United States

Advisor: Dr. Ben Lopman

My Experience: “I worked with Dr. Lopman and used the MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database to assess whether there are any existing associations between Rotavirus Vaccination and ITP.

What’s next: “I’ll be completing the one year MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School.”


Class of 2019 Epidemiology Open House, 5/13

Category : News/Events

On behalf of Dr. Timothy L. Lash, Dr. Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist, Jena Black, and Nicole Regan, you’re invited to the Class of 2019 Epidemiology Open House on 5/13. Please RSVP if you plan to stop by no later than 5pm on Wednesday, May 8th by clicking the below image.

Graduates and their guests are invited to stop by the Epidemiology Department for refreshments and mingling with faculty. The open house will be held from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on May 13, 2019.

Shepard Award Presentations, 5/10

Category : Archive

Shepard Award presentations will take place on Friday, May 10 from 11am to 1pm with buffet lunch. Please contact Jena Black with any questions.