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Staying Connected with Rollins as Alumni

Category : PROspective

Making the Most of the Rollins Network After Graduation


With graduation having passed for second years, it can feel both exciting and daunting to move to a new place or start working in a new organization. After spending the last two years getting to know your classmates and professors, you have built a strong network of friends and colleagues, and now you are about to embark on an entirely new journey. But, graduation does not mean the end of your time in this community, it is actually just the beginning. The network of Rollins alumni spreads far and wide in the world of public health and there are so many ways to stay in touch with the people you met at Rollins and connect with even more!


With graduation a few weeks away, we have put together some tips on how to stay involved and take advantage of the extensive Rollins network for our newest, soon-to-be alumni.


1) Make sure to fill out the department exit survey and sign up for the alumni listservs

The exit survey is a way for you to share some reflections on your experiences as an EPI student, provide feedback, and let the department know where you will be headed next in your public health journey. Remember to provide an external or an alumni email address so that you can be added to listservs, like the Confounder’s alumni newsletter. Check your Outlook inbox for the exit survey if you have not filled it out yet. 


2) Connect with the RSPH Alumni Association on social media and attend events

There are many different ways to get involved with the alumni association, like joining a regional or interest-based alumni group or serving on a committee. You also have access to the general Emory Alumni Association, where you can find more interest groups and career contacts. The different groups hold a variety of networking, social, and volunteer events throughout the year that are great ways to catch up with people from you cohort and meet other alumni in your area or specific field.


3) Join #EPITwitter to connect with faculty and other alumni

As described in a previous PROspective, #EPITwitter is a great tool for professional engagement and an entry point to an amazing online community of epidemiologists at the forefront of public health research and practice. Many key voices on #EPITwitter are professors in our very own department. If you have not already, make a professional Twitter account and follow the Department of Epidemiology’s account, @EmoryEPI. Looking through the people they retweet and threads they start, you can get ideas for ideas for epidemiologists to follow and conversations to engage in to stay connected with Rollins.



4) Familiarize yourself with the career resources available for alumni

Even after graduation, the Office of Career Development can still provide you resources and support as you are looking for your first job out of your MPH or if you are looking for new opportunities down the line. As an alumnus, there are a number of continued options for support in your career search, like access the Handshake, virtual resume reviewers, career fairs and workshops. You can even volunteer at some of these events to help current students further their professional skills and development!


5) Join MentorRollins, either as a mentee or a mentor

If you did not try out MentorRollins as a student, it is an online mentoring platform hosted by the Office of Career Development that connects you with other RSPH public health professionals that have similar career interests. Depending on where you are in your career, you can sign up to be mentored by other alumni to receive career advice, or you can serve as a mentor to help current students and early career professionals based on your experiences. This is a great tool not only for gaining further insight into different paths to achieving your career goals, but also to expand your network at the same time.


While you prepare for your next steps out into the world of public health, remember that whatever new path you are pursuing you can always reach out to this community for support or inspiration. Maintaining a strong network is not just about the benefits it could have on your career, but also how you can give back to the Rollins community. For those of you about to become alumni, you also have the opportunity to extend your hand out to the next generation of public health professionals, whether that be introducing new people to the field or sharing your insight and reflections with current MPH students.



Epidemiology Research Associate 2, IQVIA


As a member of the Injury Surveillance and Analytics (ISA) Team, assist in data analytics, including data management, quality, and organization as well as project management of research related to sports injuries and player health. Responsibilities include contributions to development of study questions and substantive contributions to ad-hoc and scheduled reports (analysis and writing), data collection and management, creation of datasets using complex existing data sources, and ownership of client deliverables.



  • Creates datasets and conducts statistical analyses in SAS for analytic reports.
  • Leads comprehensive data management tasks, data quality control processes, and data cleaning for injury surveillance.
  • Builds and manages automated reports and data listings.
  • Organizes and supports both research projects and rapid analytics related to sports injury epidemiology.
  • Prepares and contributes to drafting of sections of study documents, analytic reports, and development of slides for client meetings with the review and guidance of Program Lead, including format and quality review of final deliverable.
  • Provides support to project team where needed and acts as a resource for internal team members.
  • May participate in client-facing project meetings as a recognized member of the project team and directly interface with the client in order to coordinate deliverables.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years relevant education and experience Req
  • Master’s Degree Public health, epidemiology, outcomes research, health economics or a relevant scientific field and 1 year relevant experience preferred
  • Sound methodological training in epidemiology, biostatistics, outcomes research, data science or related area relevant to observational research. Training in exercise science, kinesiology, or sports medicine is favorable but not required.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, ability to think critically, and effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; medical writing experience beneficial.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers, and clients in a global and matrixed environment.
  • Ability to work independently, both under supervision and as a contributing team member.
  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and SAS.


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 


Program Evaluation Fellowship, CDC


CDC Office and Location

A research opportunity is currently available with the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Sciences (CSELS) 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.


Research Project

The Fellow will collaborate with subject matter experts and other stakeholders (internal and external) to plan and implement an evaluation of key components of the electronic case reporting (eCR) program. In the United States, jurisdictions are required to report more than 200 conditions diagnosed by doctors or laboratories to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These notifiable diseases or conditions require timely information on individual cases to prevent and control spread. eCR is automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records to public health agencies for review and action is an important component of public health data modernization nationwide. The Fellow does not need previous knowledge or experience specific to information technology, informatics, electronic case reporting, or public health surveillance. The Fellow will contribute to a high-profile evaluation, start to finish that will include opportunities to develop public-facing products that will be disseminated widely (e.g., logic model and narrative explanation of the graphic, conference presentations, peer-reviewed manuscript). The Fellow will interact closely with personnel in the Public Health Informatics Office (PHIO) and other evaluators in the Center.

Learning Objectives

  • Importantly, the Fellow will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills relevant to (a) facilitation to support stakeholder participation in the evaluation (e.g., to develop a logic model, prepare an evaluation plan, interpret analyzed data); (b) plain language writing; (c) presentation of efforts to diverse audiences; and (d) project planning and management that includes how to articulate decision points and deliverables over time. These opportunities to develop cross-cutting skills are an important complement to evaluation-specific competencies.


  • The mentor for this opportunity is Joyce Dieterly (lyv6 [at] cdc [dot] gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

  • July 13, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.



The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.


  • Experience working on small to medium-sized program evaluations
  • Training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 




Health Science Policy Analyst, National Institute of Mental Health

Category : Alumni


These vacancies (2) are located in the Science Policy and Evaluation Branch (SPEB), Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC) within the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The incumbent has the principal responsibility for staying abreast of analyzing, and reporting on several areas of mental health research and service activities.



  • Develop reports and other documents on the policies, programs, plans, research accomplishments, and other activities.
  • Maintain awareness of scientific advances and legislative developments in mental health research and issues having implications for current and planned health research and research training programs.
  • Provide staff support to expert committees and major meetings to address major program and science policy issues.
  • Establish working relationships with Institute staff’ and others, and consults with a wide range of individuals who are involved in scientific research to identify major issues.
  • Provide guidance, advice, and assistance to other senior federal leadership concerning major science policy issues affecting NIMH research.



Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education ( at the time the degree was obtained.

Based on GS Level

GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, you must demonstrate one year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: evaluating issues associated with health-related research programs (i.e. mental health research); analyzing health-science policies; coordinating and preparing materials with health-related research content for scientific programs; maintaining liaisons or collaborations with stakeholders; interpreting scientific information for all audiences.

GS-13: In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, you must demonstrate one year of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: advising senior leadership on issues concerning health-science policies; contributing to the development of biomedical research policy; developing planning and evaluation processes; evaluating scientific programs and recommending changes; developing research policy communication documents (i.e., talking points, briefing materials, etc.).


How to Apply 

Click here to learn more about this position and apply online!


INFO 534: Applied Machine Learning, Fall Course Offering


The elective course gives an introduction to machine learning techniques and theory, with a focus on its use in practical applications. The Applied Machine Learning course teaches you a wide-ranging set of techniques of supervised and unsupervised machine learning approaches using R as the programming language. During the course, a selection of topics will be covered in supervised learning, such as linear models for regression and classification, or nonlinear models such as neural networks, and in unsupervised learning such as clustering. The uses and limitations of these algorithms will be discussed, and their implementation will be investigated in programming assignments. The course also covers theoretical concepts such as inductive bias, the PAC and Mistake-bound learning frameworks, minimum description length principle, and Ockham’s Razor. 

There will be a strong emphasis on the real-world context in which machine learning systems are used. The use of machine learning components in practical applications will be exemplified, and Public health realistic scenarios will be studied in application areas such as hospitalization metrics using electronic medical record data, clinical trials, natural language processing, image processing, and bioinformatics. The importance of the design and selection of features, and their reliability, will be discussed.  In order to ground these methods the course includes some programming and involvement in a semester-long research project.  This is a programming course: you will be required to write code.


Other Course Information

  • Prerequisite: BIOS 500, BIOS 544 (or BIOS 545) or permission of instructor.
  • Click here to view a copy of the syllabus!
  • Meeting time: Tuesdays from 10:10am-12:00pm

Applied Epidemiology Fellowship in Data Analysis, CDC

Category : Alumni


The CDC’s Malaria Branch is pleased to list an ORISE fellowship position which will focus in training and analysis of large malaria datasets for epidemiological estimates. Field surveys which have collected large amounts of data on individual, community-level, and ecological variables are of great value for determining the incidence and prevalence of malaria in a population. The ORISE position will involve the analysis of these large datasets which have been combined with data from laboratory assays. The fellow will focus on the multivariate and spatial components of these analyses, and will work to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.    



Graduation in the previous five years with a degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or equivalent. Candidates with experience in analysis of large datasets, spatial analysis, and scientific writing will be most competitive.


Appointment Period

  • 3/31/21 to 3/30/22 (dates unable to be modified)


Pay range

  • MPH: $56,292/annum
  • PhD/DrPH: $68,112/annum
  • Degree completion plus additional work experience has potential for salary negotiation.
  • Healthcare plans available.   


How to Apply 

Applications will consist of a CV and inclusion of a brief statement of why the applicant feels they would be a good choice for this position. Letters of recommendation are not required, but will also be accepted. Applications can be emailed directly to erogier [at] cdc [dot] gov and will be accepted starting April 1st. This ORISE position is seeking to be filled as soon as possible.   

Graduate Research Assistant, Hubert Department of Global Health


Dr. Bethany Caruso and Dr. Melissa Young, Assistant Professors in the Hubert Department of Global Health, are seeking a graduate research assistant (GRA) to assist with analysis of data from a multi-country study focused on feeding behavior and growth among a cohort of low birthweight infants. Varied analyses will focus specifically on understanding the influence of water, sanitation, and hygiene environments and hygienic feeding behaviors on growth outcomes.

Analyses opportunities and needs include basic descriptive statistics and comparisons, basic regression, and multiple regression. The student will play a crucial role to help complete necessarily analyses for papers and will therefore have an opportunity to serve as a co-author.

The ideal candidate is excited about analysis, and is proficient in SAS, R, and/or STATA for statistical analysis. The candidate should be willing to manage and clean data, open to learning new analysis techniques, and willing and able to independently troubleshoot to seek out solutions to analysis obstacles (finding resources online and in-person who may be able to assist as needed).

Knowledge about sanitation and/or nutrition great, but not required.

There may be opportunities for the student to use data for their thesis.

Second year students, particularly those in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology departments, or with strong quantitative experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

This opportunity may be of particular value for students pursuing the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and/or WASH certificates.

The position is intended to start in the summer and may continue in the fall and spring as well. Position open for REAL and non-REAL eligible students.


Duties and Responsibilities

Primary tasks include:

  • Independently analyzing data for reports and papers
  • Data cleaning and management
  • Producing tables for papers
  • Writing up methods and results sections of papers


How to Apply:

  • For the required cover letter, please describe
    • (1) Your experience with data analysis, including what statistical programs you have used in the past and are most comfortable with.
    • (2) Your public health experience, including interest/experience with WASH and/or nutrition research (reminder: it is ok if you have no experience with WASH and/or nutrition research)
    • (3) what you want to get out of the position (e.g. what skill sets do you want to practice or learn?).
  • Please share resume and cover letter to Dr. Bethany Caruso (bcaruso [at] emory [dot] edu).

Community Advisor, Emory School of Medicine


The Community Advisor will be responsible for answering inbound calls for PEACE for MOMS, Georgia’s perinatal psychiatry consultation and access program, triaging those phone calls, scheduling consultations, and providing access to support service referrals to clinicians and their patients.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as first point of communication between PEACE for MOMs and clinicians in the community (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives
  • Answer inbound calls, primarily from physicians regarding our services, referrals, and registration
  • Schedule consultations for perinatal patients with our PEACE for MOMS Psychiatrists, as well as our psychiatrists and community clinicians
  • Performs resource and referral duties in a HIPAA compliant manner, including correspondence with providers and patients regarding clinical and referral updates.
  • Maintains HIPAA compliant case file documentation both in electronic and paper format in accordance with programmatic standards
  • Gather necessary information from physicians and enter it accurately and promptly into REDCAP for P4M psychiatrist to review prior to consultations
  • Perform outreach via mail, email, and phone to various mental health and medical offices
  • Assist with the development and distribution of program materials
  • Maintain psychotherapy referral data base
  • Perform all duties with the highest level of customer service
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills to convey information clearly to inbound calling clinicians
  • Supports patient operations with overall care coordination for patients, serving as their primary point of contact for all customer service, administrative and scheduling needs.
  • Acts as the liaison for the patient and family, working with both administrative and clinical staff from multiple departments to improve the patient’s overall experience.
  • Position enhances the patient experience by serving as the primary point of contact and administrative care coordinator for established patients and/or family members.
  • Ensures that all related patient appointments for care are secured in a timely manner and coordinated for patient convenience and addresses and resolves process or administrative issues impeding timely access to care.
  • Responsible for collaborating with physicians and members of the care delivery team to triage, coordinate and consistently manage the patient care experience.
  • Position works with patients and families to answer questions, provide emotional support and resolve issues concerning the administrative coordination of their care.




  • High school diploma required;
  • Two (2) years of work experience in a patient care coordination or patient scheduling role required.
  • Proficient computer skills required.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are required.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service is required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human/Social Services, Social Work, Psychology/ Counseling, Public Health, or related field. 
  • Experience or a strong interest in mental health and women’s health.
  • Expertise utilizing various software applications including Microsoft Office applications
  • Work independently while prioritizing workload
  • Detail oriented
  • Comfort with speaking to physicians and mental health professionals, as well as patients
  • Respect for diverse views and approaches of team members, providers, and patients


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 

Epidemiologist, Heluna Health

Category : Alumni

Job Description 

Plans, designs, implements, evaluates, and manages health-related surveillance systems, original epidemiologic studies and field investigations; and provides consultation to departmental staff and external health partners on epidemiologic research methodology and design.


Duties and Responsibilities 

The duties of the Epidemiologist include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans, conducts, and evaluates COVID-19 epidemiological studies and investigations of disease outbreaks; including the development of study design and methodology, analysis of case and control data, and preparation of reports on the study or investigation findings;
  • Conducts investigations of environmental health threats, including collecting and analyzing health and environmental data; prepares interpretation of findings and disseminates recommended prevention and control measures for COVID-19;
  • Supervises and directs the work of Epidemiologist Analysts and other support staff investigating environmental health threats, participating in community health improvement initiatives, responding to data requests, and various other epidemiology related studies, investigations, and research;
  • Complies with DPH training regarding confidential information related to personal information; and
  • Accepts responsibility for other duties as assigned.




  • A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in epidemiology or its equivalent and three years of experience assisting in the design, conduct, and evaluation of epidemiologic studies and field investigations –OR- A Doctoral degree form an accredited college or university with specialization in epidemiology or its equivalent, infectious diseases or equivalent. 


  • Experience in designing, conducting, evaluating and interpreting epidemiological studies or investigations
  • Knowledge in communicable disease surveillance and control, including interpretation and evaluation of laboratory test results and statistical data


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this opportunity and apply online! 

Graduate Research Assistant , Emory Prevention Research Center

Position Description

The Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC) seeks 2 part-time Graduate Research Assistants (15-20 hours/week). The position includes the opportunity to work on Healthy Homes Healthy Families 2-1-1, an environmental change intervention designed to prevent weight gain among adults by decreasing energy intake. This intervention is designed to guide families into creating healthier home environments that support healthy eating. GRA tasks include data collection via telephone interviews, data entry, and other duties as needed. 



The EPRC conducts research and evaluation on chronic disease prevention and promotes evidence-based cancer prevention and control. The research and activities of the EPRC are planned with the participation and input of our community partners, in the spirit of community-based participatory research. Our cancer projects are funded by NCI and the CDC to promote the use of evidence-based cancer prevention practices. Click here for more information about the EPRC. Information about Healthy Homes Healthy Families 2-1-1 is available here.




  • Highly motivated, efficient, organized, detail-oriented and interest or experience working on research, evaluation, or cancer prevention and control.


  • Prior work experience preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with Excel, Access, online survey software, or SPSS a plus. Experience with qualitative data collection, quantitative data collection, and 24-hour dietary recalls is a plus.


Other Information 

  • Compensation:  GRA level salary ($13.50/hour)
  • Schedule requirements/preferences:  Availability to work a flexible schedule, evenings and weekends included, for 15-20 hours per week.
  •  Start Date: April 2021


How to Apply 

  • Application Deadline: April 16, 2021
  • Send resume and cover letter by email to: Clarisa Hernandez, Emory Prevention Research Center at  cherna9 [at] emory [dot] edu

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