Monthly Archives: November 2019

Planetary Health and Infectious Diseases Speaker Series, 12/3

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

As part of the Planetary Health and Infectious Diseases Speaker Series,Rebecca Philipsborn, MD, MPA will be discussing child health in the era of climate change. Follow the zoom link if you can’t make it in person!

Infection Preventionist, Piedmont Healthcare

Category : Alumni


Responsible for leading and driving safety and quality performance improvement initiatives to address trends and deficiencies in Infection Prevention as identified by the Surveillance and Analysis team and set by PHC QSS. Promotes a culture of continuous improvement in the reduction of infections through use of Lean methodology, coaching, tools, data analysis, reliability, sustainability and spread. Manages and supports a portfolio of strategic projects using the performance improvement model. Ensures all performance improvement activities are in compliance with regulatory and accreditation bodies.

Key Responsibilities
Acts as subject matter expert and resource to entities regarding infection prevention and control measures, including identification of infectious disease processes.
Performs healthcare associated infections surveillance through collection, review, analysis and interpretation of data from various sources.
Implements and ensures compliance of Infection Prevention policies, procedures, and guidelines (i.e. Hand Hygiene).
Identifies issues of epidemiological/infection prevention and control significance.
Applies an epidemiological approach to problem solving in leading improvement teams and delivers
guidance for the implementation of Evidence Based Medicine in quality initiatives and/or throughout the pathway program.
Provides consultation and expertise including prevention and control of the transmission of infectious disease, management of isolation patients, PPE usage, safe injection practices, disinfection, sterilization, environmental cleaning, facilities management (maintenance, renovation and construction), water management, evaluation of new products, such as hand sanitizer.
Maintains currency with CMS guidelines, hospital accreditation, and public health as it relates to infection prevention.
Is knowledgeable of blood-borne pathogens and OSHA standards, exposure control plan.
Participates with plant operations, engineering, and construction when completing Infection Control Risk Assessments (ICRAs) for projects.
Collaborates with employee health and safety to ensure best practice for employee health and exposures.
Educates, advises and consults with physicians, nurses, and healthcare personnel concerning infection prevention practices and delivers prepared staff education programs, including hospital orientations.
Provides patient and family education and assists other healthcare personnel to carry out such teachings as requested by clinical team.
Communicates effectively with executive and leadership teams at entities, and outside agencies regarding infection prevention practices.
Work with operational leaders to identify root causes and trends among healthcare associated infections.
Leads quarterly Infection Prevention Committee Meetings and communicates data and opportunities to appropriate staff.
Determines opportunities for improvement based on data analysis including activities to decrease healthcare associate infections and improve patient outcomes.
Works collaboratively with infectious disease physician(s) or Chair of Infection Prevention Committee.
Leads in the development and implementation of the annual infection control plan and risk assessment.
Assists and supports on infection prevention related education, projects, and presentation activities.
Participates in on-call and coverage assignments.


Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a current license in the State of Georgia as a Registered Nurse or

NLC/eNLC Multistate License OR Master’s degree in Microbiology, Public Heath, Biology, Epidemiology,

Medical Technology or other related science field.

Current License in the State of Georgia as a Registered Nurse or NLC/eNLC Multistate License.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Genomic Epidemiology Fellowship (Cancer Research Training Award Fellow)

Position Description:

This position provides an exciting and unique opportunity to work closely with Branch staff to support current genomic epidemiology initiatives and activities, as well as help develop, coordinate, and administer future efforts in emerging areas of scientific focus for GEB. Learn more about GEB: The successful candidate will function as a member of the GEB team and work with GEB staff to support coordination, planning, evaluation, and analysis of various programmatic, scientific and planning activities related to GEB’s mission. Additionally, the Fellow is encouraged to initiate and develop his or her own genomic epidemiology related research projects utilizing existing resources. Examples of research and programmatic areas of emphasis include research in the genetic epidemiology of cancer in human populations (considering both common and rare genetic variations), polygenic risk scores, participant engagement, and health disparities.

Day-to-day activities might include, but are not limited to:

Conducting literature reviews; Performing program assessments and grant portfolio analyses; Performing secondary data analyses of existing and publicly available datasets; Contributing to scientific manuscripts, meeting reports, and presentations; Organizing meetings, workshops, and webinars; Participating in Division, Program, and Branch meetings; Developing or updating content for relevant websites; and Attending relevant seminars and conferences.


Master’s or doctoral degree with a strong background in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related discipline. A strong interest in public health, population- based research, cancer control, and exploring the genetic architecture of complex diseases. Experience conducting research or serving as a research assistant on a scientific project; with particular experience in reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills. Experience managing projects and performing analyses. Data management skills and/or experience with spreadsheets. Experience with GWAS, TWAS, PRS or other current genomic epidemiology technologies/analysis methods. Strong communication skills, both oral and written. The ability to work independently and on teams. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Organization Description:

NCI is the primary federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) manages a comprehensive program of grant-supported, population-based research on the determinants of cancer. This fellowship opportunity is within EGRP’s Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB), which plans, develops, directs, coordinates, and evaluates a comprehensive program of epidemiologic research in human populations related to factors that influence personal susceptibility to cancer, such as genetic, epigenetic, immunological, and hormonal biological pathways; and social, cultural, and race/ethnic factors.which plans, develops, directs, coordinates, and evaluates a comprehensive program of epidemiologic research in human populations related to factors that influence personal susceptibility to cancer, such as genetic, epigenetic, metabolic, immunological, and and race/ethnic factors.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Epidemiologist, FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Category : Alumni

This Direct-Hire position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS) located in Beltsville, Maryland

Serve as a scientific expert, familiarity with scientific developments in the field of epidemiology.
Analyze data obtained from epidemiologic studies and surveillance systems designed to investigate tobacco use behavior, its determinants, and/or health impacts.
Evaluate epidemiologic protocols, proposals, study reports and other submissions.
Coordinate and conduct epidemiologic studies and analyses to inform product regulation.
Communicate findings of scientific research and product reviews in writing through white papers, memos and peer-reviewed literature.
Develop and maintain collaborations within professional and scientific organizations in the field of tobacco epidemiology to advance the Center for Tobacco Products mission.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Director of Program Services: Non- Infectious Disease Programs

Category : Alumni

The Director of Program Services (DPS) for Noninfectious Disease (NID) Programs leads and monitors project and program initiation and closeout, reviews program/project performance, and sets departmental standards for outcome-driven complex public health programs – comprised of multiple, temporary, unique, and related projects. The DPS works in collaboration with NID leadership, program officers, and other internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective program and project initiation, performance, and closeout. With minimal supervision, discretion, and independent judgment, the DPS is responsible for the coordinated initiation, monitoring, and closeout of programs directed toward the CDC Foundation’s strategic and business objectives.

Qualifications and Necessary Skills
1. Minimum of 10 years of project management or related professional experience with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required with emphasis on business administration preferred. Or, minimum of 8 years of project management or related professional experience with a Master’s degree in business administration or related field from an accredited college or university required.
2. Knowledge and skills needed to review programs/projects to improve on-time, on-budget performance.
3. Ability to make decisions that accomplish organizational, departmental, and programmatic strategic objectives.
4. Advanced skills in program initiation; budget development, modeling, and management; program review; compliance; communication; and creative problem solving.
5. Experience and proficiency handling public-private partnerships (or functional equivalent collaborations).
6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience preparing, writing, and editing complex documents such as detailed reports to donors and briefing documents for internal leadership, donors, and other stakeholders/partners.
7. Strong analytical and technical skills such as monitoring and evaluating the completion of deliverables and financial performance of portfolios comprised of diverse programs and projects.
8. Experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and software packages used to manage day-to-day business activities such as accounting and project management, preferred.
9. Ability to represent the CDC Foundation and its partners, leading discussions and negotiations concerning program initiation, implementation, closeout, and evaluation.
10. Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills; collegial, energetic, and able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, donors, stakeholders, and partners.
11. Sound judgment and maturity, exemplified by consistent professionalism in dealing with individuals at all levels both internally and externally.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Monitor and manage NID program/project pipeline, including tracking new opportunities, monitoring timelines and deliverables for existing projects and programs, ensuring appropriate project and program staffing, and ensuring timely and accurate closeout of projects and programs.
2. Lead the conceptualization, initiation, ongoing performance review, and closeout of NID programs/projects that span internal departments, organizations, geographic regions, and cultures.
3. Ensure appropriate NID program/project organization, staffing, kickoff, and handoff by leading project and program set up, internal and external staff recruitment, and engagement with partners and stakeholders.
4. Lead assurance of program/project adherence to organizational and departmental standards, compliance with donor agreement requirements, and appropriate tracking toward meeting milestones and deliverables within budget parameters.
5. Lead department-wide program/project closeout including review and submission of all project deliverables and reports, budget review, development of final and after-action reports, and closeout in all internal systems.
6. Review and provide guidance on preparation, finalization, and submission of narrative and financial reports or updates to donors in collaboration with departmental staff and leadership.
7. Lead department-level implementation of organizational standards around project initiation, implementation, and closeout, with an emphasis on budget management, milestones and deliverables management, relationship building, strategic planning, and auditing/evaluating program impact and performance.
8. Lead department-level implementation of organizational standards around project and program recruitment, hiring, supervision, and off boarding of field employees.
9. Lead NID trainings on the ERP, key operational systems, and departmental and organizational policies/procedures.
10. Develop NID standards around supporting emerging organizational strategic imperatives.
11. Serve as tactical lead for departmental operations.
12. Serve as the operational liaison with other internal departments and external stakeholders and partners.
13. Supervise staff assigned to departmental operational activities.
14. Participates in and/or leads special projects and other duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program

Established in 1975, the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program focuses on interdisciplinary training on the epidemiology of the leading cause of death in the United States. The program integrates knowledge on all aspects of cardiovascular disease: biology, behavior, treatment and prevention. Training emphasizes active participation in research and translational epidemiology using a collaborative approach, which is enhanced by the close relationships between the Department of Epidemiology and the clinical departments of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. A number of large ongoing cohort studies and clinical trials provide a rich environment for the conduct of research. The main didactic course focuses on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and strategies for prevention. Seminar-style courses offer a more in-depth understanding of disease pathophysiology and clinical management.

The Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is actively recruiting pre- and post-doctoral candidates for our Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program. We specifically have a several open post-doctoral positions. We are interested in recruiting strong quantitative scientists who are interested in making a difference in health and gaining exposure to clinical research topics related to cardiovascular disease. Current research areas within our group include topics related to “Big Data” of cardiovascular disease and diabetes including proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, biostatistical analyses of national survey data, traditional epidemiologic cohorts, electronic health records, and the clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and related conditions. Tuition and stipend for post-doctoral trainees (research fellowship after completion of a PhD or master’s degree after MD degree/equivalent) are available on a merit basis for U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

1st Year MPH: Malay Mody

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

For this week’s #IamEmoryEpi spotlight, we met up with Malay Mody!

Tell us a little bit about your academic history:

I am a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan, Class of 2019. Go Blue!

What are your primary research interests?

My research interest interest lies in cancer epidemiology!

What were you up this this past summer?

I spent this past summer continuing my cancer research from undergrad while studying for the MCAT. I then spent my last couple weeks exploring Italy!

Are there any exciting projects or experiences you are involved in right now?

I began my research at Rollins with Dr Lash this past November, and I’m excited to continue working with him!

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Rollins?

I am loving the opportunity to meet such a diverse cohort of new people at Emory. That, combined with being in the great city of Atlanta, has made for a great first term!

What advice do you have for people who may be interested in getting their MPH?

I would advise them to explore how they best can advance their future career interests during their time outside of the classroom. I have found that there is ample time to take advantage extracurricular activities, especially if you’re at Emory and have all of Atlanta at your fingertips.

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?

I am passionate about sports, politics and news, so three podcasts I listen to are Pardon my Take, Pod Save America, and The Daily

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

  1. I have a very cute Labradoodle named Charlie
  2. I’ve lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan my entire life.
  3. I love to play tennis!

Digital Technology in Public Health

Category : PROspective

From Alexa Morse, MPH (alum, 2017): 

When you think of technology startups, public health probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, due to the need for innovation, digital technology has become a larger focus in the public health realm over the past couple years.

The intersection of public health and digital technology is one of the most exciting places to be right now. Technology enables public health programs to reach more consumers, therefore impact health outcomes on a broader scale, and with the rise of the digital age, programs such as these are able to meet patients where they are. 81% of Americans own a smartphone and are able to access information at their fingertips without having to leave the convenience of their own home. As healthcare spend in the US is rising (nearly $3.7B in 2018!), companies are trying to find creative ways to scale interventions, impact care, and improve health outcomes outside of the traditional healthcare office visit. 

Digital health, e-health and health IT (HIT), are some of the terms used to describe digital technology in the healthcare space. All relatively mean the same thing and their definitions are blending further together with the convergence of patient care and consumer wellness.

According to StartUp Health’s 2019 Q3 Report, $10.4 billion has been invested in digital health companies this year to date—with very important public health issues nearing the top of those investments. Public health startups include those focused on social determinants of health, access to care, cancer care, women’s health, and many other topics.

There are many examples of companies doing incredible things in public health, enabled by technology. Here are just a few:

Omada Health: Chronic disease therapeutics

Lyft: Transportation to doctor’s visits

Curatio Social Network for Health

Bodyport: Heart Disease prevention and management

HealthTap: Telemedicine

If you’re looking to start your own company in the public health space (or any space), I highly encourage you to focus on the following areas:

  • Team: Make sure you have the right team working with you. Bring in experts that believe in your mission and have strengths that mitigate your weaknesses.
  • Product: How is your product differentiated from existing products on the market? What makes it unique?
  • Market: how big is the market? Is there a need for your product in the market?

If you have these three areas covered and are creating something you are passionate about, you will be on a good path forward.

Plugging into the ecosystem and understanding the available resources is also an important piece of building any company. These are good places to start getting connected:


Alexa Morse is the Accelerator Portfolio Manager at the Global Center for Medical Innovation. She graduated from Rollins in 2017 with an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. During her time at Rollins, she focused on the scalability of health programs, in addition to the intersection of technology and public health.

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Kaiser Permanente Summer 2020 Internship

Kaiser Permanente serves over 12 million members across its integrated health system for the purpose of providing high-quality, affordable care and improving health of our members so that they can thrive. This team within the Regional Portfolio Management Office (RPMO) in Northern California acts as an internal consulting arm for the organization, taking on projects of strategic priority to our executive leaders. We’re seeking 2-4 graduate interns to work with us in Oakland, CA for 10-12 weeks this summer.

Application due date: Monday, January 6th, 2020 by 5pm PST; interviews will take place January 16 – 31.

Kaiser Permanente’s Regional Portfolio Management Office (RPMO)—an internal consulting arm for the Northern California hospitals and health plan—is seeking graduate interns to join us in Oakland, CA this summer. We solve complex operational challenges to achieve exceptional outcomes across Care Experience, Patient Safety, Affordability, People & Culture, Community Health, and Workplace Safety. Graduate interns will have the opportunity to lead and support 1-2 strategic projects, advise and interact with senior executives, and gain exposure to hospital operations. Feel free to reach out to Azia Harris-Martin, at azia [dot] m [dot] harris-martin [at] kp [dot] org with any questions.

AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship Information Session, 12/10

Category : News/Events

American India Foundation’s William J. Clinton Fellowship ( for Service in India is an immersive and interdisciplinary experiential learning program that places young professionals in service with development organizations in India. Join us to learn more! Please RSVP in Handshake.