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GH 500 Course TAs

The GH500 course instructors are recruiting teaching assistants for Fall 2022.Course sections: 3 in-person sections of the course will be offered at the times below.

  • Wed 1–2:50 PM 
  • Thu 1–2:50 PM 
  • Fri 1–2:50 PM 

Overview of TA roles and responsibilities: Attend class session (mandatory), facilitate in-class discussions, grade assignments, respond to student queries, review and offer feedback on course materials, attend weekly team meetings, and provide Canvas support.

Qualifications: Experience working in or studying global health issues (mandatory), strong writing and critical thinking capability, excellent organization skills, and strong performance in GH500 or GH501.Expected time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly 

Compensation: $15/hr

Please fill out this Google Form to apply for the position by May 20, 2022 at 5PM. You may contact Drs. Ghada Farhat (ghada [dot] n [dot] farhat [at] emory [dot] edu) and/or Sarita Shah (sarita [dot] shah [at] emory [dot] edu) with questions. 

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Hawaii State Department of Health

Category : Alumni

The Hawaii State Department of Health is hiring for a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiologist. The Epidemiologist II position is responsible for advanced (senior-level) data analysis and interpretation of population-based and program-specific data for needs assessment, program planning and policy development. The position serves as the state’s MCH Epidemiologist and provides direction for all epidemiological and evaluation studies/ research. The position is responsible for the oversight and supervision for the following grant programs: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Title V MCH Block Grant, State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems.

The position reports to the Family Health Services (FHSD) Division Chief. FHSD is the state Title V MCH program and includes three branches: Maternal and Child Health Branch (MCHB), Children with Special Health Needs Branch (CSHNB) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program. In addition to the grants listed above, the Division administers 14 other federal grants and several state funded programs.

The position works with minimal supervision and is provided latitude to initiate, lead, and partner on data projects to promote maternal and child health in Hawaii. Work includes assessing program data needs and developing data measures; designing and implementing surveillance and research studies; collecting, analyzing and evaluating data; communicating/publishing results; collaborating with program staff and community partners on data requests/analysis; conducting data presentations; and supporting completion of annual grant reports. The position also coordinates with other state Department epidemiologists and represents FHSD on state, regional, national committees, workgroups, and projects to meet research and data analysis needs.

The position is permanent exempt/non-civil service appointment. Minimum qualifications doctorate in epidemiology OR Master’s degree in Epidemiology/health-related field with a minimum of 2 years professional level work experience. Salary range commensurate with experience: $6,500 – $7,500 per month.

If interested, please contact Jon Nishihara at jon [dot] nishihara [at] doh [dot] hawaii [dot] gov.

MCH Training and Research Opportunities

Category : News/Events

Check out this month’s alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development on training and research opportunities below or on their website!






Potential APE/Thesis Project

There is a project on rural health and healthcare-related transportation for Medicaid recipients. The goal is to improve rural health service access and improve healthcare provider accountability. 

Interested students can contact Dr. Judith Wold – EMAIL: judywold [at] mac [dot] com

2022 Human Genomics and Public Health Fellowship Program

Category : Alumni

Multiple research fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health (OGPPH) and other CDC Programs in human genomics and public health and health equity.

CDC’s Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health (OGPPH) mission is to identify, inform and integrate evidence-based human genomics and precision health applications to prevent and control the country’s leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and occupational diseases. OGPPH offers a variety of initiatives and projects, while conducting applied research in a fast-paced environment. Under the guidance of a mentor in OGPPH and various Centers, Institutes and Offices throughout CDC, the participant will train on opportunities that may include

  • Contributing to projects that aim to incorporate or enhance the use of human genomics in existing public health programs, including public health surveillance and applied research
  • Participating in data analysis and evaluation of ongoing CDC initiatives in human genomics and public health
  • Conducting systematic reviews of the literature on the use of human genomics in public health
  • Contributing to the development, execution and analysis of health equity science projects in human genomics and public health
  • Contributing to the development of scientific abstracts, blog posts, web pages, and scientific papers on human genomics and public health

Learning objectives

  • Learning public health approaches and health equity principles for applying human genomics to public health programs
  • Learning to conduct systematic reviews for topics related to the use of human genomics in public health
  • Learning data analysis, synthesis and evaluation in the integration of human genomics in public health
  • Learning health communication approaches about the use of human genomics in public health
  • Learning laboratory science methods for the use of human genomics in public health

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Through 2022 (starting June 1, 2022)


Qualified candidates should have received a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. behavioral science, communication, social science, bioinformatics, laboratory science, data science, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, human genetics and genomics). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

If you have any questions, please reach out to genetics [at] cdc [dot] gov.

To apply, please visit the ORISE Research Opportunities website.

Homelessness and Health Among Veterans, May 24

Category : News/Events

This is a live webinar scheduled for May 24, 2022 from 12 – 1:30 pm ET.

Veterans experience higher rates of both homelessness and suicide compared with their non-Veterans peers. In addition, Veterans experiencing adverse social determinants of health—such as homelessness—are at increased risk of suicide and other poor health outcomes. In this webinar, Dr. Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Associate Professor at the UAB School of Public Health, will explore the concept of homelessness and housing instability generally and experiences among Veterans specifically. We will discuss how homelessness is defined and enumerated, pathways into homelessness, trajectories of homelessness, and multi-level interventions to prevent and end homelessness. We will also explore the intersection among homelessness (and other adverse social determinants of health), Veterans’ use of tailored services to address these needs, and their experience of particular health conditions and outcomes, including suicide ideation, attempt, and death.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the experience of homelessness among Veterans.
  • Identify interventions to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans.
  • Describe the association between the use of tailored services to address adverse social determinants of health and Veterans’ risk of suicide mortality.

Click here to register.

Free HIV, STI, and COVID testing at Community Health Night

Category : News/Events

The Emory Hope Clinic hosts bimonthly Community Health Night events where they provide HIV and STI testing with Someone Cares, and COVID vaccinations with CORE GA, and COVID rapid antigen and antibody testing, sexual health education, and refreshments. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday events take place at the Little 5 Points Community Center from 4-8 PM. Visit to see location information and register in advance!

Potential Polling Volunteer Opportunities

Category : News/Events

Here are polling volunteer opportunities happening now and coming up, please feel free to volunteer. 
DeKalb County needs poll workers for Election Day. Find the Information and Application At this Link –> 
This link has information on the application process and the requirements for a polling official. If you live in an adjacent county that already has sufficient poll workers, you can also apply to work the polls in DeKalb.  
Fulton County Follow this link to apply for poll worker opportunities in Fulton County
General Poll Worker in GA Here is a link to Secure the Vote for other poll worker opportunities in GA.
That might be a special opportunity for international students who are interested to be an observer of US elections but who can’t vote or be a certified poll worker. 

Million Hearts ORISE Position

Category : Alumni

The types of activities or experiences may include: 

·         Be part of a project management team, supporting the implementation of short term and long term programs

·         Writing summaries of findings, articles, meeting notes, government reports

·         Developing slides, tools and other materials suitable for publication on the Million Hearts® website, or as handouts for meetings, etc.  

·         Conducting literature reviews

·         Presenting results or explaining programs to internal and external audiences, including professional meetings and/or conferences

·         Facilitating and leading meetings and calls with internal staff and partners

·         Develop and sustain key partnerships 

The participants will gain:

·         Increased knowledge and application of public health principles in a national initiative

·         Increased knowledge of cardiovascular health and strategies to impact cardiovascular health

·         Improved meeting facilitation and speaking skills

·         Insights into program management at a national and project level

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields (Life and Medical Sciences, Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

·         Good oral and written communication skills

·         Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

·         Creative thinking 

·         Strong team player who performs equally well independently 

·         Thrives in a team environment

·         Fast learner

The opening is immediate.  Apply at Zintellect – Climb Higher

SOC 531 Sociological Aspects of Health and Illness

This course will provide graduate students with a survey of research on the social origins of the health, illness, and health care of individuals and populations. Students will be introduced to the process of formulating important social research questions in health and illness, including attention to major theoretical perspectives, measurement of concepts, the merits of various study designs, and both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis.

The course meets in Tarbutton Hall 206

Tuesday 9:00am-11:50am  

NOTE: Course Atlas says the course meets from 8:00 to 11:00 but that is not correct.

See syllabus attached below.

SOC 531 Syllabus 2020

Upcoming Events

  • EMPH: Return on Investment & Funding Webinar May 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom Event Type: Recruitment EventLink: us to learn how our Executive Masters in Public Health can prepare you for leadership and advanced career opportunities.
  • EMPH Webinar: General Information Session June 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom Event Type: Recruitment EventLink: to learn more about the Executive MPH Program? Join us on June 7 at 12:00 pm for a general information session. Fall 2022 deadline is July 1!
  • Executive MPH Open Zoom Hour June 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom Event Type: Recruitment EventLink: questions prior to the EMPH July 1 application deadline? Join us for a drop-in Zoom session on June 14 at 12:00 pm.EMPH staff will be available to answer all of your questions in real time.

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