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Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship

Applications for 2022-2024 Fellowship Cohort are now Open!

The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program is a two-year service and training program designed for early career individuals in public health and allied sciences. Fellows are placed in practice-based settings in community, non-profit, governmental, and/or health service organizations around Wisconsin. Through a curriculum focused on health equity and collaborative leadership, Fellows leave the program with a health equity lens applied to their practice as well as tangible skills in public health programming and management.

Application Deadline: January 3, 2022

Where do I apply?

Visit the Fellowship website to apply and for more information about the Fellowship, including the application process, timeline, and requirements. 

Reaching Your Goals: A Mid-Semester Check-In

Category : PROspective

By: Veronika Laird

As the hot summer finally begins to transition to a cooler fall, many of us start to feel the weight of the semester on our shoulders. We’ve taken midterms, some of us are digging deep into our theses, finally getting used to a new job, or just trying to make it to Thanksgiving break. While midsemester can be stressful, it’s also a time to think about how strong you want to finish the year. It’s a good time to check-in with yourself and set goals for how you want this chapter of the school year to end.

              We’ll soon be receiving midterm grades and other forms of constructive criticism which can help us set achievable goals for the next two months before winter break. Creating goals for yourself not only helps you measure your progress, but they 1) hold you accountable and 2) provide you a “destination”.

              It’s safe to say that many Rollins students are tenacious and driven, but don’t we all want to do well in our classes and jobs? Maybe even exceed expectations? Who is in control of that? YOU.  But first, we have to set realistic, short-term goals and keep ourselves accountable for trying to achieve them. I think this happens easily when we think about the “final destination”.  This semester a goal I set for myself is to finish writing components of my thesis manuscript. In the beginning this seemed daunting. I would often and still do close my eyes when I think about this goal, and I imagine the final product or “final destination”. For me I see a word document filled with citations, tables and figures, and my name at the very top. This strategy is very helpful to mentally think about your end goal and then start taking steps to achieving it.

              To start taking steps toward achieving your goal, you must make a plan. First, you want to do small tasks that lead up to achieving your short-term goal–accomplishments don’t happen overnight. Second, you must make time to work on these tasks and create time in your calendar for them. Thirdly, we touched on how important accountability is and it’s important to check-in with yourself or a friend who also knows the goal you are working towards. This creates time to celebrate your achievement or reflect on why you may not have reached your end goal. Finally, it’s okay if you didn’t complete your goal–we can all grow from our disappointments. What is important is to find where you may have let yourself down and understand how that can be remedied for next time.

              Lastly, a key component to following-through on your goals is knowing yourself. What motivates you to get out of bed every morning and come to class or work? Remember that you didn’t have to choose this career. You didn’t have to come to graduate school. Why did you? If you remind yourself of your “why” each time you are working towards your dreams and goals, it can help you push through the hard times. Don’t forget that there’s always support along the way from your peers and faculty. You have nothing to lose, so reach for the stars.


Veronika is a Second-Year MPH student in the Global Epidemiology Program interested in researching zoonotic diseases. She studied integrative biology with a minor in chemistry and global health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in their honors program.





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Reproductive Health Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni


CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

The mission of CDC’s DRH is to promote optimal reproductive and infant health and quality of life by influencing public policy, health care practice, community practices, and individual behaviors through scientific and programmatic expertise, leadership, and support. DRH’s Fertility Epidemiology Studies (FES) Team conducts research related to the epidemiology of fertility, including the safety and effectiveness of contraceptive methods.

Research Project: During 2021-2023, CDC will be updating the US contraception guidelines. The update process will include activities to determine the scope of the update, conduct systematic reviews of the evidence to help determine updated recommendations, convene a meeting to receive external input on the evidence and updated recommendations, develop and publish updated editions of US MEC and US SPR, update and develop new provider tools, and disseminate and implement the guidelines.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected Fellow will train with the FES Team in the following activities:

  • determining the scope of the US MEC/SPR update, including coordinating review of public comments and participating in a scoping meeting
  • conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses in preparation for the US MEC/SPR update meeting
  • planning for the US MEC/SPR update meeting and presenting evidence from systematic reviews during the meeting
  • contributing to the development of the updated US MEC/SPR publications, including finalizing recommendations and evidence summaries
  • participating in dissemination and implementation activities, including updating and developing new provider tools, collaborating with partners, and planning a partner webinar
  • managing the web-based Continuous Identification of Research Evidence (CIRE) system
  • providing technical assistance to WHO on the global contraception guidelines

Learning Objectives: This is an excellent opportunity for a Fellow who wants to apply epidemiological skills to real life programmatic questions; gain thorough knowledge of the scientific evidence regarding contraceptive safety and effectiveness; acquire experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses; prepare manuscripts for publication; and network with the major family planning experts in the US and around the world. Depending on the Fellow’s interests, there will be opportunities for peer-review publications, presentations at the CDC and at national scientific meetings, data analyses on other reproductive health topics leading to publication, contribute to the FES Team’s abortion surveillance activities, collaboration on other projects within DRH, and access to CDC training opportunities.

Mentor(s)The mentors for this opportunity are Maura Whiteman (acq5 [at] cdc [dot] gov), Kate Curtis (kmc6 [at] cdc [dot] gov) and Chernique Conyers (fli6 [at] cdc [dot] gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Application Deadline:
11/18/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2021.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] NCCDPHP [at] orau [dot] org and include the reference code for this opportunity.

Qualifications: The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by the end of December 2021. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong desire to use epidemiology to influence reproductive health policy globally and domestically
  • Thorough grounding in basic epidemiological principles, including study design, analytic techniques, sources of bias, and interpretation and application of study results
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses 
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of reproductive health and contraception
  • Excellent writing skills and strong interest in writing scientific papers and evidence-based guidelines documents
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence with preparing and delivering oral presentations
  • Excellent analytic skills and some experience in conducting epidemiological analyses

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 12/31/2021 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Mathematics and Statistics 
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Click here to apply!

ORISE Fellowship, Spatiotemporal Studies and Health Services Surveillance with a Focus on Heart Disease and Stroke

Category : Alumni

We are excited to have an opening for an ORISE fellow to work on Spatiotemporal Studies and Health Services Surveillance with a Focus on Heart Disease & Stroke.

It is a full-time position for someone who has a Master’s or PhD degree or will be completing her/his degree by December 2021. 

There will be many opportunities for the ORISE fellow to analyze large data sets and write manuscripts. 

Experience working on studies that address health equity would be ideal but is not required. 

Application Deadline: 11/15/2021 3:00 PM ET

Details of the position can be accessed here.   

Open Positions with Nurses’ Health Study and Growing Up Today Study, Harvard Medical School

Category : Alumni

We are recruiting for a few new roles that will work with data in the Nurses’ Health Study and Growing Up Today Study. More details about those roles, which include a senior research analyst and another postdoctoral fellow, can be found here.

The focus of the research will be on LGBTQ reproductive health disparities and will be based with our team in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

HSR Seminar Series, October 20

Category : News/Events

Join the HSR Seminar Series this Wednesday, October 20 at 2 PM to hear Dr. Shivani Patel discuss The COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard: The development of a data dissemination platform for the intersection of social determinants and the pandemic.

Register here to access the zoom link!

New INFO 521 Course in Spring 2022

EMAIL: ramesh [dot] manyam [at] emory [dot] edu

In this course, you’ll learn about the basic structure of relational databases and how to read and write simple and complex SQL statements and advanced data manipulation techniques. By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid working knowledge of structured query language. You’ll feel confident in your ability to write SQL queries to create tables; retrieve data from single or multiple tables; delete, insert, and update data in a database; and gather significant statistics from data stored in a database. This course will teach key concepts of Structured Query Language (SQL), and gain a solid working knowledge of this powerful and universal database programming language. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the language of relational databases: Structured Query Language (SQL). Topics covered include: Entity-Relationship modeling, the Relational Model, the SQL language: data retrieval statements, data manipulation and data definition statements. Homework will be done using databases running in MySQL which students install on their machines and proc SQL in SAS. Students develop a real-world database project using MySQL during the course. Prerequisite: SAS proficiency (BIOS 500 or equivalent)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Learn structured query language (SQL) to an intermediate/advanced level.
• Be able to write data retrieval queries and evaluate the result set.
• Be able to write SQL statements that edit existing data.
• Be able to write SQL statements that create database objects.
• Understand the structure and design of relational databases.
• Understand the importance and major issues of database security and the maintenance of data integrity.

■ Develop public health information systems to support public health efforts
■ Assist in the development and adoption of information technology in public health
■ Identify software for the interface of data entry and statistical analysis
■ Apply standard statistical methods in the analysis of public health information

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INFO 521 – Manyam

EH Spring 2022 Course Showcase

Category : News/Events

Join the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health Tuesday, October 26th from 12:10-1:00 PM to learn about exciting new and existing GDEH Spring course offerings. Students from all RSPH Departments are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Click here to join via zoom.

If you have questions email Natalie Dionne at natalie [dot] dionne [at] emory [dot] edu.

Epi Spring 2022 Elective Session

Category : News/Events

Join us Friday, October 22 at 12:05 PM to hear from the Epidemiology faculty and instructors to learn about their Spring 2022 course offerings.

Click here to register on zoom.

The session will be livestreamed in the CNR Auditorium.

Sleep Epidemiology Research Assistant

Position: Research Assistant in Epidemiology

PI: Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS

Sleep Epidemiology Research Group (SERG): SERG is aimed at understanding the root causes of sleep health disparities and their impact on cardiovascular disease. More specifically, our research further explicates the social contributors to racial/ethnic and gender disparities in sleep by quantifying the contribution of social, household-level and neighborhood-level factors with objective and well-validated subjective measures of insufficient sleep using data from epidemiologic cohorts. Our current research aims to understand the determinants of insufficient sleep and sleep disorders as well as the subsequent influence on blood pressure among African Americans. This research integrates social, environmental and sleep epidemiology.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

Assist in all research-related tasks of the Emory Sleep Epidemiology Group including, but not limited to, administer questionnaires, data entry, quantitative and qualitative analyses, literature reviews and manuscript preparation.

This position may involve delivering research equipment to participant homes (using social distancing) in Atlanta, therefore, availability during evenings and weekends as well as transportation is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Masters Student or Doctoral student

· Quantitative analyses experience-experience with SAS and R

· Familiarity with survey data

· Focus group transcription

· Strong verbal and writing skills (writing samples may be requested)

· Experience with literature reviews

· Strong interest in health disparities

· Experience working with health disparity populations

· Experience with GIS or spatial analyses preferred but not required

· Detail-oriented

· Excellent organizational skills and proactive approach

Hours: Approximately 10-20 hours per week

Please contact Dayna Johnson at dayna [dot] johnson [at] emory [dot] edu with any questions relevant to this position.

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