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Multiple Tenure Track Positions in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Indiana University

Category : Alumni

The Indiana University School of Public Health‐Bloomington (SPH‐B) invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This is an open-rank search and applicants at all levels (assistant, associate, or full professors) are welcome. SPH-B seeks individuals who will contribute scientific excellence through rigorous research and teaching in epidemiological and/or biostatistical methods, public health policy and practice, and through community engagement to build the evidence base to responsibly promote health in the populations they serve. These 10‐month appointments would ideally start August 1, 2022, although an earlier or later start date is negotiable. Applications received by February 1, 2022, will receive full consideration, and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Tenure track faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics are expected substantially contribute to the overall academic excellence of the department by fostering and maintaining a robust research portfolio; pursuing and managing extramural research funding and support; teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level as designated by the department chairperson; and actively participating in the overall research and teaching mission of the department, school, and university. Areas of special interest include, but are not limited to: computational methods to address complex problems in infectious disease, nutrition, obesity, and related health outcomes; social, structural, and economic influences of HIV risk; statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology, genome wide and epigenome-related association studies, and modeling high-dimensional data; research in addiction and physical activity, and cancer and cardiovascular epidemiology; comparative effectiveness, causal inference, and rigor and reproducibility. All research areas related to health will be considered, with preference given to research that is collaborative, synergistic with other SPH-B and Indiana University faculty and aligns with major funding priorities. These positions are located on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB) in Bloomington, Indiana, and successful candidates are expected to work on the IUB campus to allow full engagement with the department, school, campus, and community.


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a closely related field from an accredited educational institution. A firm commitment to the role of diversity in all aspects of research, education and service is essential. Candidates must have teaching experience at the graduate or professional level. Good interpersonal skills, effective communication skills, and the ability to work cooperatively and congenially within a diverse faculty are required. Leadership skills and vision for enhancing the academic components of an interdisciplinary department are essential. Candidates for associate and full professor positions must also demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement appropriate for a senior career level, including extramurally funded research as a corresponding principal investigator, current funding or strong potential to secure external funding, and experience leading sizeable research initiatives.

To learn more and apply click here!

Unique Entity ID Webinar, Jan 12

Category : Alumni

For grant applications due on or after January 25, 2022, applicants must have a Unique Entity ID (UEI)  at the time of application submission, as the federal government transitions from DUNS numbers.

Wondering how to get a UEI? On January 12, 2022, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is offering a repeat of the popular webinar “All about the Unique Entity ID (SAM) for the Recipient Community”. The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Award Environment (IAE) will present about the new System for Award Management (SAM) Unique Entity ID. The session is targeted towards the recipient community and will walk through everything a recipient of federal awards needs to know in preparation for the transition, including a demo of how to request a new Unique Entity ID (SAM). Register to reserve your spot!

BSHE 760R Course

Category : News/Events

Are you interested in learning how to analyze big data to end drug-related harms? Sign up for BSHE 760R!

Reducing Drug-Related Harms using Big Data: Administrative, Geospatial and Network Data Sources
(GRAD 700R / BSHE 760R)
Fridays 10 AM to 1 PM (Consists of a 2-hour lecture and 1-hour lab)

Course instructors:
Hannah Cooper, ScD, Lance Waller, PhD and Weihua An, PhD

Course description:
This interdisciplinary 4-credit course will prepare students to conduct ethical, rigorous, and theoretically informed analyses of three types of “big data” (administrative, geospatial, and social network data) in the context of research and interventions into intersecting crises of substance use disorders and drug-related harms.

This course is a part of the TADA training program on analzying big data to end drug-related harms. To learn more, please contact Marielysse Cortes at mcortes [at] emory [dot] edu.

To learn more about additional pre-doctoral training opportunities, please visit

Familiarity with Regression (e.g., BIOS 501, BSHES 700), SAS (e.g., BIOS 501) and R (e.g., BIOS 544) is required.

TA Positions, Center for the Study of Human Health

There are several TA positions open within the Center for the Study of Human Health.  The course description, times and instructor names are included below. Interested students can reach out directly to me at Shondra [dot] odoms [at] emory [dot] edu

 HLTH 230-1 Health and Humanities | Eagle, Chris (1 TA needed) 

Online – Monday, only synchronous 1:00pm – 2:15pm, all other course material is asynchronous 

This class explores the role of the Humanities (mainly Literature and Philosophy) in broadening our perspectives on health, illness, and embodiment. We will examine how literary narratives and metaphor can shape our lived experience of health and illness. We will also study various philosophical accounts of embodiment, along with recent Humanistic critiques of the increasing medicalization of human experience. 


 HLTH 210-1/ANT 231-1 Predictive Health and Society | Lampl, Michelle (1 or 2 TAs needed)

Online – Thursday, only synchronous 1:00pm – 2:15pm, all other course material is asynchronous 

Health impacts virtually every societal element – from medicine to law; economics to faith. It is every individual’s concern, and a topic of consequence in the decisions we make regardless of what professional field we pursue. This course introduces students to the efforts seeking to define health and move the practice of medicine from a reactive, disease-focused system to a proactive health-focused one. Students will have the opportunity to engage in this shift in thinking through the course emphasis on the interconnections between mind, body and spirit. Students will gain a better understanding of healthy human function as well as diet, exercise, behavioral motivation and interpersonal interactions. Multidisciplinary topics include the perspectives of business, law, ethics, humanities, engineering, nursing, religion, public and global health, as well as the sciences. 

BIOS TA Positions

The BIOS Department is looking for TAs for the Spring Semester. You must apply by 1/10/2022

To apply please scan this QR code:

Teaching Assistant positions available:



Lab for Bios 501

Alex Edwards



Online Synchronous



Lab for Bios 501

Chad Robichaux



Online Synchronous

BIOS 544


Introduction to R (non-BIOS Students) Laptop Required

Alex Edwards






Biostatistics Methods II                                 For EPI, EH-EPI and GLEPI students only

Azhar Nizam




INFO 530


Intro to Geographic Information Systems  **1st Half of the Semester

Alex Edwards



Online Asynchronous



Clinical Trials

Jeff Switchenko


3:10 – 5:00pm


Global Health Technical Training Fellowship

Category : Alumni

Application eligibility for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program’s off-cycle cohort is expanded to include recent graduates from all institutions! DEADLINE:

Due to CDC’s on-going interest in bringing on new fellows, applications will remain open until filled. Priority will be provided to those who *submit an application as soon as possible. *If you already submitted your application, it is currently under review. The program will contact all candidates by end of December with a status update.ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY: 

The pilot program supports CDC’s efforts to expand the diversity of degrees and backgrounds represented within its workforce. Public Health Institute is not recruiting for the regular application cycle this winter. Please closely review the eligibility requirements for this off-cycle pilot program below.


  • Master’s or Doctoral degree completed by the end of January 2022 or within the past five years (no earlier than February 2017).
    • Priority consideration will be given to applicants from underrepresented backgrounds such as those with a degree from a Minority-Serving Institution, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian America and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPISIs). You can search for your institution here.
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Available to begin the one-year fellowship program remotely in early February 2022 with expected relocation to Atlanta, Georgia.

To apply click here!

To learn more click here!

GRA Positions, Care2Hope

I am seeking several MPH students to work with me on a community randomized trial with people who use drugs and live in rural Appalachian Kentucky. Some positions are qualitative and will involve conducting qualitative interviews and analyzing resulting data; others are quantitative (either analyzing data, or administering surveys). Data might be a wonderful resource for theses.

   Please apply if you are interested. The positions will open when the Spring semester starts. Right now, we have posted these as REAL positions but they are also open to non-REAL students. Click on the links below to see the job postings and apply.

1.       Graduate Research Assistant – Care2Hope, Quantitative Interviewer

2.      Graduate Research Assistant – Care2Hope, Qualitative Interviewer

3.      Graduate Research Assistant – Care2Hope, Data Management & Analysis – Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

8 Books Every Epidemiologist Should Read

Category : PROspective

Last Valentine’s day my friends and I arranged a book exchange party similar to your typical white elephant Christmas game. I was expecting (okay, hoping) to have a plethora of fantasy, romance, or mystery novels to choose from, but was surprised when the overwhelming majority of books were nonfiction. Leave it to public health students to turn a romantic holiday into an educational opportunity. Reading the synopses off the back covers of these books, however, made me realize that there were plenty of intriguing stories from the world of public health to choose from, and my education on many of these topics was severely lacking. This led me to investigate epidemiology-related book options besides the requisite The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

I’ll be honest, I rarely do the readings for any of my classes. While I’ve been known to spend an embarrassing amount of time in the YA section of bookstores, I don’t often buy our course textbooks. If you’re like me and prefer a book with a plot than an educational motive, then maybe one of these books will be a good entrance into the world of educational readings. Here’s a list of 8 books to start with as an epidemiologist:

  1. Spillover by David Quammen- If you’re interested in infectious or zoonotic diseases this is the book for you. The book’s author, David Quammen, investigates the causes and impact of spillover, the phenomenon in which a new pathogen is passed to humans from wildlife. He tracks the origins of diseases like ebola or avian flu while following scientists around the globe through remote jungle and high security labs.
  2. The Ghost Map by Steven Berlin Johnson- Read about the father of field epidemiology, John Snow, in this work which tells the story of the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak. If you want to learn more about the most intense cholera outbreak in Victorian London and understand the role community played in the evolution of epidemiology, pick up a copy of this book asap.
  3. The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani- If you’re looking for a witty take on a serious topic, read this. Pisani details her life as an AIDS epidemiologist and her plight for funding of HIV prevention programs among the most vulnerable communities.
  4. Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington- This book explores the dark history of the exploitation of black Americans by medical physicians and researchers. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the roots of America’s racial health disparities and medical mistrust, Washington tells the stories of black Americans from the era of slavery to the present day in her book, calling out the injustices of America’s medical establishment.
  5. House on Fire by Joseph Finder- If you’re still looking for a fiction novel then this thriller/crime mystery book may satisfy you. This story follows protagonist Nick Heller after he discovers his old friend has died of an opioid overdose. As he works to uncover a pharmaceutical company’s dark secrets in his attempt to hold someone accountable for his friend’s death, he becomes embroiled in a larger conspiracy than he’s bargained for.
  6. Inside the Outbreaks by Mark Pendergast- For future Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) hopefuls this book is a great read. Readers will be taken through the history of the EIS and follow EIS officers around the world in their efforts to eliminate lethal threats to public health, from smallpox to gun violence.
  7. Beating Back the Devil by Maryn Mckenna- Another book following the drama of life in the EIS, this book examines the complexities of a different officer’s work in every chapter. Following the first class of officers to enter the EIS after September 11, Mckenna also details the experience of considering bioterrorism for the first time.
  8. The Next Pandemic by Ali S. Khan- In a chillingly accurate prediction of the current pandemic, this book is a lesson on how to keep ourselves safe from inevitable future pandemics as it narrates disasters like anthrax and Ebola and the ways they may have been prevented. Dr. Khan gives us insight into the human mistakes which led to these emergencies in his firsthand account of life as public health first responder.

Hopefully one of these books piques your interest, and gives you something a little more relaxing to do this winter break than working on your thesis or scouring 12Twenty for jobs and APE opportunities. If finals has you down, what better way to find motivation for next semester than a set of books reminding you why you’re needed in epidemiology?


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Summer Internship, U.S. Government and Accountability Office

The Health Care (HC) team supports congressional oversight of health care delivery and financing in the United States across Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Service, private markets, public health, and prescription

Recent examples of our work examined:
◍ the federal government’s public health response to COVID-19.
◍ the impact of rural hospital closures on access to healthcare.
◍ national efforts to prevent, respond to, and recover from drug misuse.
◍ wait times for care at the Department of Veteran Affairs
◍ the approval and cost of prescription drugs.

To examine these topics, we conduct a range of qualitative and quantitative work—such as site visits to medical facilities, interviewing government officials, surveying state and local health care agencies, and analyzing health care spending data or medical records.

Open the link below to see full details.

GAO Summer Internships

Laboratory Fellowship Program, APHL-CDC

APHL and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partner to offer a variety of laboratory fellowship programs to train and prepare scientists for careers in public health laboratories and support public health initiatives. As a recipient of American Rescue Plan funding, APHL is expanding its current fellowship program offerings and recruiting for two classes of fellows in 2022—​with​ ​assignments beginning in January 2022 and Summer 2022—​and adding a new Internship Initiative​, which​ will begin assignments in Summer 2022.

Click here to learn more and apply!