Monthly Archives: June 2019

Injury Prevention Specialist, Maryland Department of Health, 6/24

Category : Alumni

Location of Position
MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose Of Job
This position will coordinate activities, under the CDC Core Violence & Injury Prevention Program grant, at the Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention. This position will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities, as well as for the reporting and analysis of data. In addition, this position will build and maintain community injury interventions; serve as the injury prevention expert for the state health department; provide educational advice and training to the community; and, promote injury prevention through various communication methods, including newsletters, websites and social media.

This position will serve as the Coordinator for the Core SVIPP Regional Network Coordinating Organization component of the grant. As the Coordinator, this position will support an interstate strategic advisory board, coordinate all trainings via webinars or in-person and coordinate assessments and surveys, as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience in administrative or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in administrative staff or professional work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university, at the rate of 30 semester credit hours, for each year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer involving staff work that included the regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations, or analysis of operational programs, or procedures with recommendations for improvement, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education and experience.

Desired or Preferred Qualifications
The desired candidate should have experience in unintentional injury prevention, as well as experience in the Public Health field. The desired candidate should also have experience with monitoring contracts and procurements.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Recent Publications Page

Category : News/Events

Check out the updated lists of publications from the Epidemiology Department at our new Recent Publications page!

Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

Category : News/Events

Live Webinar  • June 10, 2019  • 12-1:30pm ET

Training Description
This webinar presents evidence that religion should be considered among the social determinants of health, based on epidemiological research. Plausible mechanisms at the individual level are the lower smoking rates and greater social ties of those with religious participation. At the community level, faith-based organizations engage in partnerships with public health agencies as a source of social capital to promote health and prevent disease, particularly in hard-to-reach populations.

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

  • Support the case that religion should be considered among the social determinants of health for the purposes of both research and practice.
  • Identify three pathways through which religious participation has a demonstrated impact on health outcomes.
  • Describe the characteristics that bridge cultural, mistrust, low- income, and geographical barriers.

To register for the webinar click HERE or on the image above.

BIO 120/141/142 Lab Instructor Positions

The Department of Biology is seeking Lab Instructors for the intro level biology labs (courses BIO141, BIO142 and BIO120). These positions are a great way to gain teaching experience and build your CV. Lab instructors teach one 3-hour lab and also attend a 1-hour prep session each week of the semester (approximately 11 lab periods and 14 meetings each semester). As a Lab Instructor, you are in charge of a section of 24 students – from teaching the material to overseeing their experiments to grading their assignments. Lab experiments, materials, protocols, power point slides, assignments, lab outlines, and grading rubrics are provided and each lab section also has an undergraduate Teaching Assistant to help during lab. Instructors gain several things to add to a teaching portfolio – student evaluations, teaching material you have created (quizzes, feedback on lab research posters, etc.), and experience with a variety of pedagogical techniques (group discussions, lecture, think-pair-share, etc.). Labs generally consists of approximately 2-3 multi-week modules each semester that are designed to focus on experimental design concepts and research skills rather than demonstrate concepts taught in lecture. If you would like more information or are interested in being a lab instructor please email the lab director Dr. Megan Cole at mfcole [at] emory [dot] edu.

American Heart Association Positions

Category : Alumni

International Health Programs Analyst

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Program Evaluation Analyst, International in our National Center office located in Dallas, Texas .In this role, you will be responsible for providing dedicated support for program evaluation activities performed by the AHA’s Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation (CHME) for the Better Hearts Better Cities Project. Additional responsibilities include assisting with development and implementation of program evaluation activities for the Better Hearts Better Cities Project aimed at addressing the global burden of hypertension through a focused initiative in three high-burden cities – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Dakar Senegal; Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Senior Program Evaluation Analyst

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Program Evaluation Analyst in our National Center office located in Dallas, Texas . In this role, you will be responsible for leading implementation and outcomes evaluation activities performed by the AHA’s Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Additional responsibilities include conducting both large and small-scale evaluation studies to assess impact, performance, and efficiency of AHA programs and initiatives aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and promotion of ideal cardiovascular health. This is a full time, benefits eligible grant funded position. Current funding is through approx. 12/2021. We currently have 2 openings. Position 1 will focus on Cardiovascular Disease and Position 2 will focus on Diabetes.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Note that for both positions we are specifically looking for someone with experience in monitoring and evaluation.

Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training (FHPC), 6/27 – 6/28

The Prevention Science Core of the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University is offering the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training (FHPC). This opportunity is geared to individuals interested in becoming proficient in HIV counseling. The training will be conducted on Thursday, June 27 (9am – 4:30 pm) and Friday, June 28, (9 am – 3p,). The exact location to be determined. Attendance on both days is mandatory to successfully complete the course.

The fee for this training is $70 per person with a minimum of 11 students. Subsidies are available for students, CBOs and government employees.

Click HERE to register. Space for the training is limited. Registration closes, Fri., June 14, 2019.

Course Overview

This course focuses on the six-step HIV prevention counseling protocol, conducted in both conventional and rapid testing situations.

Participants will receive training in:

Counseling concepts and basic counseling skills
HIV prevention counseling and how to conduct the six-step HIV prevention counseling protocol in the context of conventional and rapid testing
Delivery of both conventional and rapid test results
A basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS/STIs and risk-reduction methods is a prerequisite for conducting and attending this course, as an “HIV/AIDS/STI 101” component is not included.

For questions or additional information contact: Brandi Williams 404.712.8591 | bwill41 [at] emory [dot] edu

Scientist, Behavioral Research

Category : Alumni

Location Atlanta, Georgia

Position Type Full-Time

Position Description:

Save lives. Fulfill yours.

At the American Cancer Society, we’re leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to end the pain and suffering of cancer. We achieve our mission by drawing on our core values of integrity, compassion, courage, determination and diversity.

It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.

**Final title of position is subject to candidate’s qualifications**
Assists senior principal scientist in the Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group to conduct health disparities/health equity research on behavioral and epidemiological aspects of cancer across the cancer control continuum (prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship). In addition, the associate scientist will collaborate with other research colleagues who share in statistical modeling, program review, analysis documentation, derived variable creation, development of new study resources, and support for external collaborations. The associate scientist will help advance the research team’s collective expertise in statistical programming and methods through independent study, internal presentations, and written memos. The associate scientist also will be responsible for day-to-day coordination of health disparities/health equity study activities as needed. The position includes opportunities for learning skills relevant to behavioral science, epidemiology, and cancer control including co-lead/authorship of peer-reviewed publications.


• Assist with the design and conduct of behavioral and epidemiologic studies using American Cancer Society datasets (e.g., cohort studies, intervention studies) and public datasets using various computer resources and statistical software.

• Assist with the design and conduct of original health disparities/health equity studies including collaborative and community-engaged research projects.

• Assist with the preparation of study proposals as well as manuscripts for publication in the fields of health disparities/health equity, behavioral science, epidemiology, and public health including conducting scientific literature reviews.

• Generate scientific presentations and reports for internal and external use.

• Provide statistical programming support (including statistical modeling) and database analysis for collaborative studies with external teams, as needed.

• Coordinate daily study activities including collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, healthcare entities, and/or academic institutions.

• Document analytic programs and data management to facilitate record-keeping and use by others.

• Contribute to general data/biospecimen collection and management as needed.

Position Requirements:


• Master’s degree in related field (e.g., Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Public Health) and at least one year of programming experience in analytic work, preferably in a scientific, epidemiologic, or behavioral research environment.


• Ability to conduct statistical analyses and interpret results using SAS and/or R; ability to learn additional programming languages as needed (e.g., Mplus, SPSS).

• Knowledge of survey-based research methods including longitudinal and survival analysis.

• Strong problem-solving skills and ability to produce high quality work independently.

• Highly motivated with strong attention to detail and organization skills.

• Strong quantitative skills; some qualitative skills preferred but not required.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.

• Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment.

• Experience in electronic data management, particularly in processing of large datasets.

• Understanding of behavioral theory preferred but not required.


• Training or strong interest in health disparities/health equity research preferred.

• Additional analytic skills related to latent variable analysis, advanced graphics design, bioinformatics, and/or text analytics are preferred, but not required.


• Office desk work with extensive time spent typing, using a mouse, and viewing screens.

We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.

To apply, click HERE.

Inside APE – Summer #IamEmoryEPI highlights

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

We are excited to introduce our summer #IamEmoryEPI segment “Inside APE” where we will be sharing highlights from students’ current APE projects taking place around the world! After just 1 year of coursework and internships, our students are on the front lines researching and combating public health problems, gaining experience and, in many cases, laying the groundwork for their thesis projects. We are excited to share their amazing work with the Confounder community this summer!

Let us know what you think!

Inside APE: Christina Chandra & TREAT Asia/amfAR

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI , GLEPI

For our inaugural Inside APE segment, we sat down with Christina Chandra, rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student to talk about her work this summer with TREAT Asia/amfAR in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tell us about your APE project.

My project is called “Assessing Barriers and Facilitators to Integrating Mental Health Services and Related Guidelines into HIV Clinical Care among HIV Providers in Bangkok, Thailand” and I am working with TREAT Asia/amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research in – you guessed it – Bangkok, Thailand.

The study aims are:

  1. Understand how mental health services are or are not integrated into HIV care settings
  2. Assess the facilitators and barriers to the integration of mental health services in HIV care settings in Bangkok

As the principal investigator, I am responsible for everything from study design, IRB compliance, data collection, and data analysis. My co-investigators and colleagues at TREAT Asia provide guidance on all aspects of the study, translate study tools, support with participant recruitment, and more.

How did you find your APE project?

One of my former colleagues at amfAR connected me with my current field advisor, Dr. Annette Sohn, at TREAT Asia. After a few Skype discussions with the TREAT Asia/amfAR team and brainstorming sessions with my faculty mentor, Dr. Kristin Wall, we conceptualized this project.

What has the experience been like so far?

Data collection has not started, but I have already gained some insights from a few key informant interviews. For example, clinic staff seem to like simple, questionnaire screening tools for depression and anxiety, but when routine screening leads to the detection of more potential cases, it can burden referral systems to psychiatric care. Therefore, making diagnosis and treatment of common mental health conditions available in HIV clinics may be preferable but more difficult to implement than screening.

My APE has been an incredible learning experience so far, and I have also had the opportunity to meet with other public health professionals to learn about their HIV-related research in Bangkok.

Christina Chandra is a rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student. Her research interests at Rollins include HIV and co-infections, aging, and mental health. The featured image includes (from left to right) Dr. Annette Sohn (VP, amfAR; Director, TREAT Asia), Christina Chandra, Tor Petersen (Project Manager), and Dr. Jeremy Ross (Director of Research).

Data Management Coordinator, Hem/Onc Research

Category : Alumni


Designs, builds, and maintains the functional operations of the database, ensuring accuracy and appropriate usage by all internal customers. Increases the functionality of the database to meet the needs of internal customers and members of the department. May manage projects related to data acquisition and tracking that are not related to a database. Proactively supports efforts that ensure delivery of safe patient care and services and promote a safe environment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


4 years of experience in database management or related field

Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or related field

Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and other report-writing programs
Demonstrated written/verbal communication skills
Organization skills to manage time effectively and coordinate multiple projects
Demonstrated teaching skills


Develops and maintains security levels of the database for internal and external users.
Manages the reporting processes and audit functions to monitor and ensure data integrity and uniformity.
Maintains the quality oversight of the data changes on the information in the database.
Promotes the use of the database by developing advertising and communication materials on the intranet and by acting as liaison to other departments.
Works collaboratively with Information Systems and Technology to ensure that the database is working properly and meets the needs of the department/organization.
Creates and edits reports, documents, and queries from database.
Trains staff to use the database efficiently and effectively, including creating the appropriate training manuals and guide resources and facilitating internal user groups to discuss user issues.
Participates in managing projects requiring data gathering, analysis, and reporting.
Maintains professional development and technical competency.
Develops and maintains security levels of the database for users.
Manages the reporting processes and audit functions to monitor and ensure data integrity and uniformity.

To apply, click HERE.