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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

Data Governance Coordinator, Fund for Public Health in NYC

Category : Alumni

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


The DOHMH Bureau of Epidemiology Services, Data Governance, and Informatics Unit seeks a Data Governance Coordinator for the departments authorized access and use of Electronic Health Records, as part of a CDC-funded Data Modernization Initiative (DMI). The goal of DMI is to streamline and improve data access and sharing within and outside of the agency by increasing interoperability and efficiencies among the agencys different data systems. HIPAA protected Electronic Health Records maintained by NYS Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), may be used for public health purpose as outlined in the Statewide Health Information Network for New York governance policies. Use of these confidential data require a governance framework. As a data-driven Health Department with expanding digital assets, we have a growing need to put the right people, processes and policies in place to protect data privacy and confidentiality while analysts use these data to deliver real-time, high-quality information on both infectious and non-infectious health risks to our constituents. The Data Governance Coordinator for electronic health records, under the Data Governance and Informatics Unit Director, will develop, implement and maintain processes and protocols ensuring the proper governance of electronic health record used for public health activities. The health department use of electronic health records is relatively new and rapidly expanding. Informatics systems to better manage data access and use and improve efficiency are being developed; such systems require corresponding governance processes and policies. This position will work closely with health department electronic health data users, DMI leads, IT developers, Legal, and HIEs suppling electronic health record data to facilitate connected, and sustainable systems that enable authorized data access and use to prevent and manage the citys public health problems.


DOHMH has an opening for one (1) Data Governance Coordinator, Electronic Health Records


  • Engage department stakeholders (electronic health record (EHR) data users, legal, IT and suppliers of electronic health record data-Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO)) and assess the current EHR data governance practices to understand the state of rules and processes for access, storing and using EHR data.
  • Maintain governance tracking and communication systems, training compliance and facilitate use case audits enabling electronic health record authorized data access and use,
  • Liaise with the Health Information Exchange suppliers of electronic health record data managing access and use
  • Liaise with legal ensuring proposed use cases comply with regulations
  • Liaise with programs and IT to ensure policys regarding data lifecycle are maintained
  • Work with IT project manager and Business Analyst in the development of an integrated Data Governance and Use Tracking Database and Interface
  • Inform management of electronic health record use cases, projects and governance developments to facilitate expanding use and coordinated operations.
  • Assess data governance tools available, document operational gaps and engage DMI leads and IT developers to contribute to the DMI roadmap for developing IT governance systems effecting electronic health record data use
  • Document rationale and justification for tools and services needed.
  • Schedule meetings, develop agendas, document project conversations. and follow-up on next steps to ensure completion of all tasks.
  • Prepare written materials to summarize findings for multiple audiences.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in data governance, health compliance and/or in health information and communication technology, preferably with a background in information management, HIPAA and other health privacy and security standards, public health, law and/or specialization in health data governance and its policies.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in a relevant discipline (information management, public health, law).
  • Ability to run queries in SQL and familiarity with relational database systems
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel formulas and functions (e.g. lookups, pivot tables, conditional formatting)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Highly analytical and effectively able to troubleshoot and prioritize needs, requirements, and other issues.
  • Ability to be pro-active and self-motivated
  • Ability to build strong relationships with teammates, partners, and specialists by fostering teamwork, partnership, and collaboration in a virtual or face-to-face environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.


FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with education and experience.


To apply, send resume, with cover letter, including salary requested and how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

Click here to see position.

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.

Student Worksite Experience Program

We are looking to bring on a student for at least 4-6 months, at about 15-20 hours per week to support the team in reviewing and extracting data from journal articles for the meta-analysis (brief position description is below.) The position is remote but we can arrange for them to come into the office if that is preferable or easier for them.

Student will be responsible for reviewing and extracting data from research manuscripts regarding enteric adenovirus.  Individual data points for each abstract, such as number tested and number positive for adenovirus, will be entered into a REDCap database.  Student will gain an understanding of the epidemiology of enteric viruses, PRISMA meta-analysis methods, and REDCap.  This work will support a meta-analysis of the global prevalence of adenovirus and inform current research into a recent association of enteric adenovirus with severe pediatric hepatitis ( 

Contact Sara Mirza at smirza [at] cdc [dot] gov if interested.

See the MOU and program guide in the attachments below.





Addressing LGBTQ Health Risk and Resilience in the Southeast, May 10

Category : News/Events

This is a live webinar scheduled for May 10, 2022 from 12 – 1:30 pm ET.

Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) face a disproportionate number of structural, programmatic, and individual-level barriers to address their health and wellbeing. LGBTQ communities also have developed incredible resilience and coping mechanisms in response to daily experiences with stigma and discrimination. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah MacCarthy, the first appointed holder of the Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Endowed Professorship at the UAB School of Public Health, will discuss different terms and concepts related to LGBTQ health, with attention to the ways in which the rapidly changing landscape impacts research and practice. She will also help detail the growing size of LGBTQ communities across the country. Dr. MacCarthy will describe LGBTQ health inequities nationally and highlight the ways in which unique barriers and facilitators impact the Southeast.  Dr. MacCarthy will also identify resources that health departments can use to find evidence-based practices to serve this population.

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

    • Define key terms that relate to LGBTQ communities
    • Describe the health inequities experienced across and within LGBTQ communities
    • Describe some of the root causes of health inequities impacting the LGBTQ community
    • Identify resources for evidence-based practices to better serve the public health needs of LGBTQ people

Click here to register!

The Art of Negotiation

Category : PROspective

Whether you’re looking for a paid APE or are applying for jobs after graduation, knowing how to negotiate pay and benefits is a skill we all need. It’s important for us to know our worth and have the confidence to ask for it. But putting yourself in a position to be rejected can feel risky, especially if you have no safety net. If this is your first time dealing with negotiations it can be intimidating. Here are some tips that may help you navigate this tricky business:

  1. Research salary trends in your field. Knowing how much other people are getting paid for your experience can give you something to compare your offer to.
  2. Know who you’re negotiating with. Someone from HR might better know the constraints of what they’re able to offer you. our future boss might be more willing to go to bat for your requests because they’ll be most directly affected by hiring you.
  3. Give them a reason to offer more. If you have certain skills which you believe makes you a more competitive candidate, don’t be shy about them. Lay out exactly why you’re worth what you’re asking.
  4. Be likable. This should go without saying, but if the people hiring you like you, they’ll be more likely to fight for you. It can be difficult to remain likable while you’re negotiating, which is why it’s important to be careful about the way you communicate. Always be polite and respectful, no matter who you’re dealing with.
  5. It’s not all about money. In some cases, a job can’t offer you the amount you’re requesting. But that doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker. There are other aspects of the job that might make it worth it to you. If you can’t negotiate higher pay, maybe you can ask for other benefits such as more vacation days, hours, different responsibilities, or other perks. Don’t forget to find out about opportunities for growth and promotions. Just because they can’t offer more money now, doesn’t mean there won’t be that opportunity down the line.

While it can be stressful to enter negotiations with a potential employer, remember that the worst they can say to you is no! Turning down a request for more money, more vacation days, or a hybrid work style doesn’t mean they don’t still want you. It’s up to you to decide how important your requests are. We may not all have the luxury of waiting for our “dream job,” but if you feel strongly about what you’re not getting, it’s okay to turn the offer down. More likely than not, you’re going to be the only one advocating for yourself, don’t be afraid to go after what you want! If you’re having trouble figuring out how to approach this situation, remember you can always reach out to the Office of Career Development for advice, as a current student or alumni.

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Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Category : Alumni

Applications are invited for a full-time Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of cancer epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (DEPH) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a leading research institution with a strong commitment to excellence in research. The DEPH is well recognized for its multi-disciplinary programs in epidemiologic and prevention research and is currently undergoing considerable ex­pansion of its faculty base.

The epidemiologist who occupies this position will be expected to develop an independent program of research in cancer epidemiology, focusing on one or more of the following areas: molecular epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, obesity epidemiology; to participate in the activities of Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control program of the Albert Einstein Cancer Center; and to teach medical and graduate students. The position, which comes with a generous start-up package including 3 years of full salary support plus research funds, will provide opportunities for diverse research experiences in a highly collegial environment with potential for growth.

The successful candidate will have either a PhD in epidemiology or an MD with advanced training in epidemiology, strong verbal and written communication skills, relevant research and teaching experience, and a record of peer-reviewed publications. Rank will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their research and teaching experience and listing three referees, together with their curriculum vitae, to:

Tom Rohan, MBBS, PhD, DHSc (Ref: AECOM-CE)


Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jack & Pearl Resnick Campus

1300 Morris Park Avenue

Bronx, New York 10461

Phone: (718) 430 3355

Fax: (718) 430 8653

E-mail: thomas [dot] rohan [at] einsteinmed [dot] edu


Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

Click here for more.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Epidemiologist, Georgia DPH

Category : Alumni

This position is funded through a federal grant and is subject to available funding

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Antibiotic Stewardship Epidemiologist 1 with the Epidemiology Section under the Division of Health Protection in Atlanta, Georgia.

Won’t you join us?

Under supervision, plans, develops, and conducts epidemiologic investigations, surveillance and interventions limited in scope and/or complexity to determine the causes of diseases and implement methods of disease control. Collects, analyzes, and interprets statistical data and prepares epidemiologic reports. Job Responsibilities: The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is seeking an Epidemiologist 1 to join the antibiotic stewardship team to assist with monitoring antibiotic use (AU) and antibiotic resistance (AR) using the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS), and other data sources related to antimicrobial use. The Epidemiologist 1 will work closely with Georgia healthcare providers and associations, the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, and epidemiologists in our 18 health districts. The Epidemiologist 1 provides assistance and expertise for conducting surveillance, investigating antimicrobial use in select AR outbreaks, and analyzing and interpreting data. Monitors and uses data from a variety of sources, including NHSN, CMS, and SendSS to summarize and inform team needs for interventions and effectiveness of response efforts Analyzes data and creates reports to distribute to internal team members and to the healthcare community Participates in AUR surveillance, investigation, prevention and control activities; ensures that AUR information is accurate, complete and reported in a timely manner Analyzes data gathered during epidemiologic investigations using appropriate statistical methods and computer software Provides guidance on methods for data analysis and type of study conducted Gathers, compiles, and helps epidemiologists analyze data from NHSN AUR module, CMS datasets, or other projects related to antibiotic use Supports provider communication and implements plans to increase use of AR Laboratory testing of isolates for Expanded Antimicrobial Testing Program. Performs other duties as required.

Read more here!

Upcoming Events

  • Next Generation Methods Seminar; Pathways to PrEP Implementation in Family Planning Clinics: Application of Configurational Comparative Methods May 18, 2022 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Virtual Event Type: Seminar SeriesSeries: Next Generation Methods SeminarSpeaker: Kaitlin Piper, MPH, PhD CandidateContact Name: Katy BerteauContact Email: K.Berteau@emory.eduLink: on Configurational Comparative Methods (CCMs) that can lead to Implementation SuccessesAttendees are invited to participate in a more in-depth session and opportunity to workshop their research project ideas with Kaitlin from 11:00AM-12:00PM EST.
  • 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.
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