Monthly Archives: December 2019

Intern, CSTE

Organization Description: For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at

Position Description: Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Governance, Strategy & Support the intern will be responsible for supporting a variety of CSTE’s Epidemiology Program & Workforce activities.

With CSTE’s Workforce Development team the internship will support projects which may include the Epi Methods subcommittee, the Early Career Professional’s mentorship program, CSTE’s launch of a mid-level epidemiology leadership program and other trainings (in-person and virtual) which are intended to build epi capacity for CSTE’s membership and epidemiologists at state and local health departments.

Other areas of work may include infectious diseases, surveillance and informatics, and/or non-infectious diseases and developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems

Other activities may include participating in conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings, communicating with CSTE members and staff, literature reviews, data analysis, report writing, administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: Internship projects are not thesis eligible.


Specific duties may include:

Supporting CSTE training activities (virtual and in-person)
Assist with developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems
Supporting the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program, including assisting with recruiting and fellow and host site application process
Participating in and scheduling conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Employment Requirements:

Current graduate student in public health or a related field
Knowledgeable with Excel and Outlook
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills
Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Must be able to work in Atlanta, GA.
Education/Experience: Current graduate student in public health or a related field

Closing Date: 1/17/2020

Expected Start Date: February 2020

Contact E-Mail: hr [at] cste [dot] org (NO Phone Calls Please – phone messages will not be returned)

Web Address:

How to Apply: Submit CV/resume AND cover letter to The cover letter must address interest in the activities described above and should highlight any relevant skills, coursework and expertise you have. All additional communication should be sent to hr [at] cste [dot] org. Please include {Job Title} in the subject line. Communication sent to other email addresses may not be reviewed.

Click HERE to apply.

2020 Experiential Internship (Graduate) – Health Economics & Outcomes Research

The AbbVie Experiential Internship Program

As an AbbVie Experiential Intern, you’ll participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust projects throughout the summer. As an intern, you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago, with housing and shuttle services for eligible students. Throughout the summer, there are planned development and networking activities for the interns.

The purpose of the internship is to provide meaningful, professional hands-on experience to students with proven academic performance and leadership potential. AbbVie hires students into this internship program based on business need. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem-solving abilities.

Department Overview – Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)

AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) division generates innovative, high-impact evidence to help define the unmet need and value of innovative therapies to relevant stakeholders. HEOR strives to:

Inform strategic decisions and help ensure that patients can access and benefit from appropriate therapies

Develop and guide pricing & reimbursement strategies based on evaluation of public health policy & reimbursement environment and scientific collection & analysis of clinical, economic and patient-reported outcomes data

Leverage innovative research approaches and partnerships to maximize the use of real-world evidence (RWE) and patient-centric outcomes research for informing internal and external decisions that positively impact patient lives.

Assignment Details

Intern assignments may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, patient-reported outcomes studies, retrospective claims database analyses, prospective observational studies, and economic model development. Intern may work in one or more disease states within the areas of Immunology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Virology, Endocrinology and Women’s Health to support efforts for on-market or pipeline assets. Tasks may include conceptualizing research plans, protocol development, managing vendors, and writing/ presenting results. Interns may develop analysis plans and conduct analyses of internal databases and/or clinical trial data. Interns may assist in creation of scientific materials like slide decks, white papers, abstracts or manuscripts for disseminating research findings to internal/external audience. Intern will be responsible for attending team meetings, department meetings, and cross-functional team meetings to gain a better understanding of the role of HEOR within the biopharmaceutical industries and at AbbVie.

Must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program (Master’s or PhD) at an accredited university, preferably in the fields of pharmacy, medicine, health services research, health economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, data analytics, economics and psychology and related disciplines in life sciences

Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0

Completed at least one year of graduate level studies prior to internship experience

Must be enrolled in an accredited program for at least one additional semester following your internship

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship (students on an F1 visa with CPT can be accommodated).


Doctoral Candidate with prior research experience in healthcare

Relevant advanced course work in areas such as pharmaceutical economics, health policy, epidemiology, psychometrics, research methods or statistics.

Exceptionally demonstrated interpersonal skills

Proven leadership skills

Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Adept in data analysis using statistical package (e.g. SAS) and advanced analytical approaches

Prior experience in conducting literature reviews

To apply, click HERE.

Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, CSTE

Category : Alumni


Fellowship applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:
Hold a recent MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or an equivalent degree or advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree)
Recent Graduate: qualifying degree received within the last five (5) years OR
Current Student: completing their final year of their academic program and graduating within the current academic school year (i.e. The 2016-2017 application cycle is open to December 2016 through August 2017 graduates).
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.
At least four graduate-level epidemiology courses (completed and/or in progress) and one graduate-level biostatistics course
Demonstrated analytical skills
Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
United States citizenship
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.

Application Components

The application includes the following components:
Identifying information
Professional experience
Program areas of interest
Geographical preferences or needs
Resume or CV
Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
Three letters of recommendation
Personal statement
Proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or US passport)

Applicant Selection

All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be formally evaluated by a review committee. The review committee includes representatives from CDC staff, ASPPH affiliates, and persons with past or current experience working as an epidemiologist in a state or local health department. Evaluation criteria for applications include:
Academic achievement
Work/research experience
Writing skills
Career goals
Letters of recommendation
After this review process, top applicants will be selected for in-person interviews. Applicants selected to move forward after interviews will participate in a matching process with host sites which determines final placement.

Available Positions

Applicants apply through CSTE to become selected to participate in the fellowship program and not directly to the host site. Applicants that are selected to move forward to the last stage of fellow selection will complete a host site matching process.

Each year, CSTE receives new applications from host sites. Available positions for the upcoming cohort will be posted between November and December on the Host Site Billets page. Each billet includes information about the host site as well a summary of potential projects and activities the fellow will be involved with during the two-year program. Each host agency must also identify a particular program area in which the fellow will work.

Program areas include:

Birth Defects and NAS
Chronic Disease
Environmental Health
General Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease – Food Safety
Infectious Disease – HAI
Infectious Disease – Quarantine
Injury – Drug Overdose
Maternal and Child health
Occupational Health
Oral Health
Substance Use/Mental Health

Frontiers in Stem Cells in Cancer, 2/23-29

FriSC2 is annual advanced training course that trains 16 promising trainees from predominantly under-represented communities in sophisticated technologies for clinically relevant discoveries in cancer. The purpose of the training course if to provide comprehensive training in research strategies and state-of-the-art methods on cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches for advancing cancer research. It is a dynamic course that offers a series of daily lectures on merging concepts, followed by discussions and laboratory research over a week period. Our intention of to give trainees the knowledge of ‘hands-on’ laboratory techniques, career mentoring, and the ethical-legal-societal impact of cancer and stem cell research to greatly enhance their careers in this field. FriSC2 has been created for promising graduate students, post-docs, physician-scientists and other scientists.

Please download the applications for the courses by clicking HERE or email at pdc [at] pdc [dot] magee [dot] edu with any questions. Course tuition will be waived for all applicants and financial aid is available for travel and room and board.

Students Who Rocked Public Health 2019

Category : News/Events

Check out the list of Students Who Rocked Public Health 2019 by clicking HERE. Included in the list is our very own, Christina Chandra! Be sure to read about her work interviewing HIV providers on mental health services integration in Thailand.

Research Analytic Support

Category : Alumni

The Health Economics Data Analyst Pool (HEDAP) is a Penn service center supported and managed by LDI to provide LDI-affiliated investigators access to high-quality, skilled data analysts. HEDAP recruits, trains, and manages a group of masters-level and PhD-level statistical analysts. These analysts work with multi-disciplinary investigators across funded projects using statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, and R to manipulate and analyze health care data under the guidance of the investigators and other collaborators.

HEDAP administrative staff recruits new analysts and manages their effort across various projects. HEDAP administration also facilitates health services research by supporting the professional development of the analysts working on secondary data projects for LDI-affiliated investigators. To help manage HEDAP, users are charged a 12% overhead fee. Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS, runs the HEDAP program. For more information regarding HEDAP, please contact Jibby Kurichi.

If you are an analyst currently looking for a new, exciting place to work supporting health policy-related research projects conducted by investigators at LDI, please send your resume to Abby Kearns. We are looking for analysts who have programming skills using SAS, Stata, or R to create analytical data sets from clinical trials, surveys, and health care claims, to construct and standardize outcome measures and other analytical variables through data cleaning and data manipulation, to provide descriptive and analytical reports, and to perform specialized statistical analyses.

Qualifications include the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Math/Statistics, Healthcare Management, Economics or Public Health and 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. 

To apply, click HERE.

Recent Publications Page

Category : News/Events

Check out the updated lists of publications from the Epidemiology Department on the Recent Publications page!

Spatial Epi, Poster day

Category : News/Events

This week the Spatial Epidemiology class, taught by Dr. Kramer, presented interesting and impactful posters. The presentation included 27 posters presented by the 44 students. The event was attended by 10 spatial epi ‘guests’ from CDC, as well as 8 past students who collectively served as poster reviewers. Be sure to check out some of them by clicking HERE!


Research Associate in Global Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

Category : Alumni


The HaSET (“happiness” in Amharic”) Global Maternal and Child Health Research Program at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital invites applications for a Research Associate. Our program works closely with partners in Ethiopia and Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health to generate evidence to improve maternal and child health programs and policies. In addition, we provide technical capacity building in program implementation, data analysis, and use of evidence through direct collaborative work and workshops.

Research will be conducted jointly by the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and several Ethiopian institutions. The Research Associate will provide research and implementation leadership for projects led by Professor Grace Chan, and will work closely with the Boston and Ethiopia teams to oversee study activities. The successful candidate will lead day-to-day scientific activities, including developing analytical plans and conducting statistical analysis; publishing manuscripts; contributing to grants; and collaborating with program managers, data analysts, field implementers, data system developers, students, post-docs and faculty on the HaSET team.

Basic Qualifications
Doctoral qualification in epidemiology, statistics, public health, or a related field with 2+ years postgraduate research experience. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting research in global health, particularly in low-and-middle income countries. Desired skills include:
● Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
● Expertise leading applied research including the ability to generate research questions, conduct data analysis, and write up results.
● Expert knowledge and practical experience in study design, sampling approaches and sample size estimation, descriptive and advanced statistical methods such as longitudinal data analysis, multilevel modeling, causal inference methods, complex survey analysis etc.
● Experience leading prospective cohort studies and health surveillance systems.
● Experience conducting mixed methods studies and qualitative data collection (e.g. in-depth interviews, focus groups, Delphi methods).
● Experience with scoping and systematic literature reviews (and meta-analysis).
● Expert knowledge of STATA and data management (e.g., web-based electronic data capture system such as REDCAP or ODK).
● Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
● Experience leading research in global maternal and child health, particularly in East Africa.

Additional Qualifications
The position is based in Boston with frequent travel to Ethiopia. Commitment is for two years with the potential for renewal.

Special Instructions
1. CV/ Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Statement of Research
4. Two writing samples
5. Three references

Contact Information
Jenna Daniel, HaSET Program Coordinator

Contact Email jennadaniel [at] hsph [dot] harvard [dot] edu

To apply, click HERE.

PHI/CDC Internship

The application portal will open the week of December 16th! Applications must be submitted by noon PST on January 22nd.

Our informational interview slots for December have all filled up, including our waitlist. Having an informational interview does not impact your ability to apply to the fellowship, and not obtaining a spot will not negatively impact your application. Please utilize the resume guidance here if you were seeking one-on-one support. At this time, the program can only provide individualized resume guidance to those who have scheduled informational interviews.

Our website has the following helpful information to reference as you consider applying:

  • Frequently Asked Questions has many questions answered and more regarding questions pertaining to the application and the fellowship. 
  • Apply To Be A Fellow will provide you with the application timeline and some helpful application tips.
  • What Is A Fellow provides a fellowship overview, benefits, minimum requirements, and sample Fellowship Assignment Descriptions for each of the six technical tracks.
    • Many interested applicants have asked about what experience is needed and how to be a more competitive candidate. Though this fellowship is highly competitive, it does not signify that applicants must first spend a certain duration working in the field before applying. 50% of our accepted fellows for the 2019-2020 fellowship year had graduated shortly before starting the fellowship program. “Experience” is a wide range term, and greatly varies by the individual, their work history, and the type of fellowship (track and position) they are applying for, and we encourage interested applicants to apply for technical track(s) they feel best fits their qualifications.
  • You can hear and read more about our Fellows experience gained from their fellowship year by exploring Meet The Fellows page. Alumni Network and Alumni Profile provide some insight into the various career paths our Fellows embark on post-fellowship.