Monthly Archives: May 2019

Access to Clinical Genetic Services in Mississippi, 5/15

Category : News/Events

RSVP by Friday, May 10th for the Southeast Regional Genetics Network Lunch and Learn. The lecture addresses “Access to Clinical Genetic Services in Mississippi: Challenges and Solutions” and will be held on Wednesday, May 15th.

Complete Course Evaluations, due 5/9

Category : News/Events

Course Evaluations are due Thursday, May 9th. Your opinions and time are greatly appreciated! Click HERE to submit your evaluations.

Epi Grand Rounds, 5/10

Category : News/Events

The Epi Grand Rounds lecture will be held Friday, May 10th from 12-1pm. Dr. Robert Platt will present on “Controlling confounding in pharmocepidemiology: is machine learning the answer?”.

Epi I position, Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance Coordinator

Category : Alumni

This position will serve as the Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance Coordinator and assist other Epidemiologists in the Center for Immunization, in regards to carrying out the duties required in the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Disease Cooperative Agreement, for the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and enhanced surveillance of meningococcal disease, varicella and acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).
This position will also focus on supporting and strengthening VPD outbreak and case-based surveillance in Maryland, with an emphasis on meningococcal and varicella disease. Finally, this position will establish and enhance a surveillance system for AFM, in special populations.

The position is posted HERE.  Closing date is Wednesday May 15.

Networking Nights 6/24 & 7/8, SMASH Morehouse

SMASH Morehouse 2019 is looking for current and future STEM professionals to volunteer this summer at our Networking Nights on June 24 and July 8. This summer, they’ll have around 85 rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from the metro Atlanta area living on Morehouse’s campus for 5 weeks where the students take Biology, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science, Design Thinking and many other STEM and Social Justice courses.

The Networking Night event allows scholars the opportunity to interact with university students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math, allowing them insights into the fields and the paths that lead to them. In addition, scholars get the chance to practice their social skills by informally mingling with STEM professionals like yourself. Time commitment: ~2 hours (7-9 pm), Dates: June 24 and July 8.

If you or any of your colleagues and students would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please sign up using this form. SMASH will reach out in the weeks leading up to their event to confirm and provide details regarding location and preparation. If you have questions before then, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for more details.

Thank you for helping to prepare SMASH scholars for the STEM careers of tomorrow!

Population Health Positions at Harris Health System

Category : Alumni

Position forwarded by Trishna Narula, a Rollins Epi MPH alum from 2013: After graduating, I pursued my MD at Stanford, and now work as a Fellow in Population Health Transformation at Harris Health System (Houston, TX), the 3rd largest safety-net health system in the United States, which has come to be my absolute dream job where I feel like I’m actually making a difference.

We’re recruiting to build up a team for folks interested in population health/public health/healthcare administration and who would like to work in an extremely fast-paced, start-up-like environment (our department was founded in 2018), dedicated to the underserved community (given Harris County has the highest # of uninsured in the nation). Our team is led by my boss, the Senior VP for Pop Health, Karen Tseng, who is a fabulous mentor, Harvard JD by training, and one of the smartest people I know (read more about her here:

Please see job descriptions and salaries below, and send me an email at trishna [dot] narula [at] harrishealth [dot] org with any questions, or your resume + cover letter to apply!

(Also please note: These are the first official open job positions, but we are also looking to fill other roles, including director/manager/analyst levels in strategy, operations, and informatics, so if you’re interested but don’t feel that your experience fits directly into one of these three boxes, still reach out!)

VP/Assoc Admin midpoint (min Masters + 8 years, clinical training/experience preferred): $222,000 (range $160-275,000). For more information, click HERE.

Chief Data Scientist/Informatics midpoint (min Masters + 10 years): $175,000 (range $132-218,000). For more information, click HERE.

Analyst midpoint (min Masters or 2 years work experience): $85,000 (range $65-105,000). For more information, click HERE.

FDA Food Safety Modernization Fellowship

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) located in College Park, Maryland.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it. While prevention is key to the focus of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), each year there are numerous illness outbreaks associated with FDA regulated products. The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) provides scientific, policy, and regulatory guidance to FDA in response to a contamination of a food, dietary supplement or cosmetic. This project is with CFSAN’ s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE). CORE works to provide a safer food supply through a systematic, science-based approach to preparedness, early detection, rapid response, and post-response investigations of human outbreaks of illness. The CORE staff work internally with colleagues across FDA and externally with Federal, State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal governments to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of outbreak/incident response, leading to even better public health protection and preventive food safety policies.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

Research pathogens, vehicles of transmission, and contamination processes and their behavior and impact on outbreak investigations
Analyze and evaluate data (epidemiological, microbiological, investigational, etc.) to inform overall outbreak response
Communicate with various scientific, regulatory, and policy officials to assist in the prevention of such outbreaks in the future based on the information, research, and data gathered during foodborne outbreak investigations
The participant would be encouraged to participate in emergency activities as needed
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 19, 2019

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the College Park, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) mandates a background check be completed for both U.S. Citizens and foreign nationals. Foreign nationals must have resided in the U.S. for at least three (3) of the past five (5) years in order for FDA to be able to complete a background check.

FDA requires ORISE participants to read and sign their FDA Education and Training Agreement within 30 days of his/her start date, setting forth the conditions and expectations for his/her educational appointment at the agency. This agreement covers such topics as the following:

Non-employee nature of the ORISE appointment;
Prohibition on ORISE Fellows performing inherently governmental functions;
Obligation of ORISE Fellows to convey all necessary rights to the FDA regarding intellectual property conceived or first reduced to practice during their fellowship;
The fact that research materials and laboratory notebooks are the property of the FDA;
ORISE fellow’s obligation to protect and not to further disclose or use non-public information.
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the start date of the appointment. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of emergency preparedness and response
Knowledge of food safety with an understanding of epidemiology, microbiology and environmental investigations
Excellent skills for preparing written documents and in giving oral presentations
Practical experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Share your #IamEmoryEpi story!

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

We want to share the success of current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Let us know what you’re up to now & how Emory Epidemiology led you there! The Google form will take <5 minutes to complete! Feel free to email us at sphepidept [at] emory [dot] edu if you have questions! Click Here to Submit your Experience!

Webinar, Scaling Up PrEP Care to End the HIV Epidemic 5/6

Category : News/Events

To register, click HERE.

Training Description
The federal government is launching an initiative to end the HIV epidemic by 1) increasing the number of US Americans who know their current HIV status, 2) increasing the number of US Americans with HIV infection who are effectively treated and have sustained viral suppression, and 3) rapid expansion and reduced racial/ethnic disparities in PrEP provision to the estimated 1.2 million US American with sexual and injection behaviors that place them as substantial risk of HIV acquisition. This webinar will discuss what PrEP is, indicators for its use and how health departments can support its expansion and effective use.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

Describe PrEP care including protocols
Identify PrEP resources
List the indicators for PrEP prescription
Discuss how health departments can support and monitor PrEP use for focus populations

Senior Public Health Program Asc

Category : Alumni


Independently uses a specialized knowledge of, and experience, with public health principles to analyze, develop, implement, and promote solutions to public health issues/problems. Collects and analyzes data. Prepares proposals, protocols, data analysis plans, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings. Addresses public health issues by providing education, technical assistance, advocacy, public awareness, and research. Works with programs or studies designed to evaluate the prevalence or surveillance of public health issues and the effectiveness of targeted interventions. May coordinate clinical study sites to ensure compliance with patient recruitment and data collection standards. May provide technical assistance to organizations to include presentations, websites, strategies, and educational forums to address specific public health issues. May design, develop, and conduct targeted training initiatives. May collaborate with external organizations to develop action plans and goals to achieve specific objectives. Identifies new potential projects, studies or partners. Performs related responsibilities as required.


A master’s degree in public health, a master’s of science degree in public health or health education, or a master’s in development practice from an accredited school and three years of relevant applied public health experience.

Preferred Qualifications:


Excellent verbal and especially written communication skills demonstrated through contribution to a manuscript or report or draft thesis
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple personnel and projects within a team, including interacting with diverse team members
Demonstrated ability to work independently alongside senior investigators, completing tasks with minimal supervision
Demonstrated ability to multitask and to prioritize assignments so that project deliverables are completed on time
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Demonstrated ability to assess data quality and interpret study findings (e.g. tables, regression results, qualitative findings)
Strong organizational skills
Exceptional attention to detail
Critical and analytical thinking abilities
Prior Experience

Prior experience (2+ years) on CDC, NIH, or other major donor research project or program
Prior experience managing a project or equivalent including interacting with diverse team members
Experience working with HIV/AIDS research, prevention, or treatment
Prior experience with technology-based health programs or interventions
Familiarity with LGBT communities and other men who have sex with men

Position Information:

We are seeking a highly organized Public Health Program Associate, Sr. to lead and coordinate a large Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded implementation science study. The study intends to measure the effectiveness of mailing out HIV self-testing kits and providing access to Internet-based mobile prevention applications and websites as a public health strategy to increase linkage to HIV prevention (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP) and care (antiretroviral therapy, ART) services for Black and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM). The selected candidate may also work on multiple projects within our research group.

Some responsibilities for this role in this project may include:

Contribute to budget development, forecasting, and monitoring of complex, collaborative research budgets and subcontracts
Develop and negotiate project/product deliverables with expert consultants and vendors
Plan and lead meetings with internal and external staff and stakeholders

Create and develop administrative documents for human subjects research, including:
Regular reports to study funder or other governmental agency
Protocols and other human subjects materials for Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Oversee and supervise multiple project staff in accomplishing their respective tasks, including:
Coordinating testing kit and specimen management and shipping to participants
Coordinating laboratory testing and return of test results for project participants
Working with mobile app developer to design and test study mobile application and databases
Managing day-to-day online participant management, including sending reminders and incentives to study participant
Liaise with and manage relationships with study colleagues at Emory and points of contact at other institutions (in particular University of Michigan, CDC, and the University of North Carolina)
Communicate regularly with senior investigator and inform strategic planning

There may be additional opportunities to become involved with data collection, data analysis, and presentation of results. A smaller portion of this person’s time may be dedicated to similar work with other PRISM Health projects (see list at, including day-to-day participant management and other tasks as needed. The applicant’s interests can shape which other projects they may become involved with.

The position is with PRISM Health (, and located in Atlanta, GA. PRISM Health is a very active and collaborative group, consisting of 8 faculty members and over 35 staff. The nested research environments of PRISM Health, the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health and the Emory Center for AIDS Research offer a vibrant and supportive community for conducting HIV/AIDS and infectious disease research.

To apply, click HERE.