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Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC


A research opportunity is currently available with the Field Research Branch, in the Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE), within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Researchers in the Field Research Branch conduct large-scale and in-depth studies examining the effects of workplace exposures on chronic health effects. Findings will contribute to protecting worker health through occupational health policies and recommendations for controlling hazards. Areas of focus in FRB include cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, and health inequity.

The appointment is full-time at CDC at a facility located in Cincinnati, OH.  Because of COVID-19 travel and facility restrictions, initially the position will require telework.  Mentors will work with participants to arrange an initial in-person visit to the nearest CDC location to receive teleworking equipment. 


Duties and Responsibilities 

The selected participant will work with the FRB epidemiology team on current research studies.  Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may be involved in the following activities:

  • Conduct literature searches of published and grey scientific literature
  • Conduct quality assurance reviews of summaries on emerging COVID-19 literature, including checking for 1) completeness; 2) updating citations; and 3) verifying abstracted data summaries are accurate
  • Conduct statistical analyses and write scientific manuscripts using data from a study of healthcare workers exposure to COVID-19. Research areas include PPE use and availability, mental health, and knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with COVID-19 prevention.
  • Contribute to the development of educational and other communication materials used by principal investigators to communicate research findings

The appointment will offer the opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration with epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, statisticians, and experts in information technology.



The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields within five years of the appointment start date, or be currently pursuing the degree.


Preferred skills

  • Experience in epidemiological methods and statistics
  • Knowledge of SAS (or R) statistical software desirable
  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Power Point, Excel)
  • Strong research and communication skills


Application & Other Information

  • Application Deadline: January 22, 2021
  • Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2020
  • Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 


COVID-19 Surveyor, Georgia DPH

*** This is a non-real position***


Job Description 

The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for a current MPH student or a recent MPH graduate to provide epidemiological support to the Occupational Health (OH) Surveillance Program.
 This position is crucial for the implementation of a statewide Work-related COVID-19 Call-back Survey. The intern will call and interview confirmed cases of COVID-19 who worked in a non-healthcare setting during the time they likely became infected. Data collected from interviews will be entered into an electronic survey tool and spreadsheet. Results from the interviews will be used to help characterize occupational risk of COVID-19 among workers in non-health care settings and to make recommendations to better protect workers. The intern will interview cases according to established protocols and are required to follow all scripts, policies, and procedures provided by DPH, and comply with DPH training regarding confidential information related to personal information.  

The intern will be working remotely for approximately 10-15 hours per week for up to 10 weeks duration. The pay will be $15/hour ($1,500 total). The schedule is flexible. Weekends or other nontraditional hours may be required. 



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of work related experience OR
  • Student seeking Master in Public Health or related degree from an accredited degree program 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Student with MPH concentration in epidemiology or occupational/environmental health Ability to speak, read, and write English
  • Spanish language a plus
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress
  • Experience working with databases and analyzing data
  • Experience with MS Excel
  • Experience with SAS statistical software


How to Apply 

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

Health Economics & Outcomes Research Internship, AbbVie

Internship Description 

As an AbbVie intern, you will participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust scientific projects throughout the summer. Throughout the summer, the interns will be engaged in several development and networking activities. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the location (AbbVie Campuses are in Illinois, New Jersey, and California) and format (virtual, on-site or hybrid) of the internship will be confirmed prior to start of the internship program.

The purpose of the internship is to provide meaningful, hands -on research experience and professional development opportunities to students with proven academic performance and leadership potential. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem-solving abilities.


Organization Description

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit their website

AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) is a premier research group with wide recognition for scientific expertise and leadership. The HEOR group at AbbVie also houses leading center’s of excellence focused at real-world evidence, patient-centered outcomes and economic modeling. This group combines expertise from multiple scientific disciplines to generate cutting-edge evidence that supports AbbVie’s scientific strategies, demonstrates value of innovative treatments, and drives health care decision making by various stakeholders. HEOR driven research helps with:

  • Informing strategic decisions aimed at ensuring that patients can access and benefit from appropriate therapies in a timely manner
  • Developing and guiding pricing & reimbursement strategies based on evaluation of public health policy & reimbursement environment and scientific evaluation of clinical, economic, and patient-reported outcomes data
  • Leveraging innovative research approaches and partnerships to maximize the use of real-world evidence (RWE) and patient-centric outcomes research for informing internal and external decisions that positively impact patient lives.
  • Enhancing the patient voice by leveraging patient self-reported/digital health driven outcomes in clinical trial and real-world settings to further understand the unmet needs and establish value of innovative treatments.


Assignment Details

Intern assignments may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, patient-reported outcomes studies, retrospective claims or electronic medical records database analyses, prospective observational studies, and economic model development. Intern may work in one or more disease states within the areas of immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health, gastroenterology, and aesthetics to support efforts for on-market or pipeline assets. Tasks may include conceptualizing research plans, protocol development, managing vendors, and writing/ presenting results. Interns may develop analysis plans and conduct analyses of internal databases and/or clinical trial data. Interns may assist in creation of scientific materials like slide decks, white papers, abstracts or manuscripts for disseminating research findings to internal/external audience. Intern will be responsible for attending team meetings, department meetings, and cross-functional team meetings to gain a better understanding of the role of HEOR within the biopharmaceutical industries and at AbbVie. HEOR Interns work in a matrix organization with global cross-functional partners which further enables understanding of generating evidence that addresses global and local affiliate needs.

Your application will be considered for all Summer internship opportunities in the HEOR department but you can express an exclusive or non-exclusive preference for one or more of the following groups within therapy areas of immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health, gastroenterology, and aesthetics, or center’s of excellence including Real World Evidence, Patient Reported Outcomes, or Economic Modeling. The final assignment within a therapy area or a center of excellence will be determined by the internship committee and the hiring managers. 




  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program (Master’s or PhD) at an accredited university, preferably in the fields of pharmacy, medicine, health services research, health economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, data analytics , economics and psychology and related disciplines in life sciences
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Completed at least 1 year of graduate level studies prior to internship experience
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited program for at least one additional semester following your internship


  • Prior research experience in the areas of health care and data sciences
  • Relevant advanced course work in areas such as pharmaceutical economics, health policy, epidemiology, psychometrics, research methods or statistics.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Adept in data analysis using statistical package (e.g. SAS) and advanced analytical approaches
  • Prior experience in conducting literature reviews


How to Apply 

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


Human Subjects Research Assistant/Research Specialist/Research Coordinator, Seattle ERIC

Category : Alumni


Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Assistant/Research Specialist/Research Coordinator who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. This position will be part of a dynamic team that supports research activities for all Center studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA.


Duties and Responsibilities

Working with staff to support day-to-day operational activities for the Center, including:

  • Setting up meetings, taking meeting notes, data entry, data quality control, coordinate research mailings, and other research support duties.
  • Assisting with the development of study materials, IRB documentation, and standard operating procedures
  • Assisting with the coordination of engagement activities, including scheduling Center events
  • Assisting with the development of Center research operational documents and procedures
  • Coordinating Center travel arrangements in support of research operations
  • Completing and maintaining necessary research documentation for VA travel
  • Scheduling and preparing for local and national research meetings and assembling documents
  • Assisting with staff hiring and onboarding efforts in support of research studies
  • Supporting Center research quality control and safety efforts through proper documentation tracking and maintenance
  • Assisting with maintaining and updating study databases
  • Providing research support to Center PIs, researchers, and study teams as needed



  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    • If BA/BS, 1-4 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone and e-mail
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) required


About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the healthcare of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:


Application information:

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-05 through GS-09.  The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by January 27th, 2021 will be considered first.

Research Associate, Carleton University

Category : Alumni


Dr. Paul Villeneuve (Carleton University) is seeking a full-time research associate to help assist across several epidemiology projects. These projects are in the area of an environmental health and cover topics such as: air pollution, greenness, and exposure to low dose radiation. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate interested in environmental epidemiology and radiation research. This is a two year contract with potential for renewal, or transition into a PhD training. It will provide opportunities for publications.


Duties and Responsibilities 

The research associate will participate in all areas of research, including preparing manuscripts and reports, statistical analyses of data, development of the study protocol, research ethics and sample size calculations.

Skills and Experience 


  • The candidate must have graduate training in epidemiology


  • Experience in environmental epidemiology
  • Experience in preparing manuscripts and reports
  • Experience in developing research protocols
  • Experience in statistical methods
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively


Other Relevant Information

  • At this time, the work can be done remotely.
  • Salary: To be determined based on experience
  • Start date: Immediately


Application Guidelines

Applicants should send a single PDF document via email to Dr. Paul Villeneuve at paul [dot] villeneuve [at] carleton [dot] ca with “Research Associate Application” in the subject line. This document should include:

  • Cover letter summarizing your research interests, career plans, and possible start date
  • Current CV, and a writing sample
  • Names and contact information of two references (current/former supervisors)

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Rhode Island Department of Health

Category : Alumni


General Statement of Duties: 

  • To analyze and document the impact of various chronic and infectious disease processes on the population of the state and/or communities, as well as on other specific subpopulations at risk; to monitor and analyze the incidence, prevalence and determinants of disease such as environment, genetics, lifestyle and access to medical care; to identify effective health promotion and disease prevention strategies; to design and/or implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions; and to do related work as required. 

Supervision Received

  • Works under the administrative supervision of a superior with latitude for the exercise of initiative and independent judgement; assignments are made in broad outline and work is reviewed upon completion for results attained and conformance to established policies, objectives, provisions of law, rules and regulations.


Skills and Qualifications 

  • A thorough knowledge of descriptive and analytical epidemiologic techniques, research and evaluation methodologies, and biostatistics as described in national standards such as the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Applied Epidemiology Competencies
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners; and related capacities and abilities
  • Possession of a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Epidemiology, or a master’s degree in a related health field with specialization in the area of epidemiology.


Application Information


Emory Global Perioperative Health Alliance’s Spring Symposium, 3/6 – 3/7

Category : News/Events


With the goal of bringing together current & future leaders in the world of global surgery, we are pleased to announce the inaugural launch of the Emory Global Perioperative Health Alliance’s Spring Symposium.

This event will represent voices from a variety of fields, including but not limited to different surgical specialties, nursing, anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology, public health, and clinical research. Breakout panels will cover topics such as trauma, maternal health, oncology, care in low resource settings, and careers.

Students of all levels are also invited to submit abstracts for a judged virtual poster session. Categories for submissions include research, education, case-based, and out-of-the-box. Posters or talks previously presented at a national or regional meeting are admissible. For abstract submission, please complete the following interest form. Submission deadline is January 18.  


Event Information

  • When: March 6-7, 2021 from 9 AM to 2 PM EST
  • Theme: Inter-Professional Collaboration in Global Surgery
  • Keynote Speaker: Robert Riviello, MD, MPH – Director of Global Surgery Programs at Brigham and Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health
  • Format: Virtual
  • Registration Cost: Free


How to Attend 

To register and learn more about the upcoming Spring Symposium, click here


Spatial Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni


A research opportunity is currently available with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will have the opportunity to train and gain experience in advanced spatial and spatiotemporal studies of heart disease and stroke morbidity and mortality.

These activities may include:

  • Learning to create, update, analyze and manage very large datasets
  • Training and participating in advanced spatial and/or spatio-temporal analyses of heart disease and stroke morbidity, mortality and risk factors using Bayesian and frequentist approaches
  • Gaining experience writing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and government reports
  • Producing data visualizations of spatiotemporal data
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Presenting the results to internal and external audiences, including professional meetings and/or conferences
  • Other related activities as discussed with mentor that further the science base related to the small area surveillance and analysis of heart disease and stroke

The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


Preferred Skills 

  • Experience analyzing spatial and/or spatiotemporal data
  • Experience in the management and analysis of large data sets
  • Knowledge/Awareness of Bayesian statistical methods
  • Experience using statistical software, such as SAS or R, for data analysis
  • Experience with data visualization software, such as Power BI
  • Experience using ArcGIS or other mapping software packages
  • Strong written and oral communication skills


How to Apply

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


COVID-19 Vaccines are a Global Public Good: An Op-ed by Two Emory EPI PhD Students

Category : News/Events


Even over winter break, Emory EPI students continue to devote their time and energy to finding unique ways to address the pressing public health concerns of today. First year PhD students Christina Chandra and Aniruddha Deshpande recently co-wrote an opinion piece for the AJC about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which was published on December 31st, 2020. They argue that COVID-19 vaccines are a global public good and that our representatives can help ensure global access to vaccines, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

You can check out the full article here, be sure to read and share! 


Injury Prevention Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni


A research opportunity is available with the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located 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.

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in people aged 65 and older and they can lead to significant medical costs, injuries, functional decline, and reduced quality of life. As evidenced by a recent CDC report, more than one in four older adults in the United States reported falling, totaling nearly 36 million falls in 2018. More than eight million of these falls require emergency department care. Further, about 32,000 older Americans who die as a result of these falls. Falls and fall injuries are increasing the U.S. and associated annual medical expenses are about $50 billion. These costs will only continue to surge given the aging of the U.S. population. The participant will collaborate with a team to support DIPs effort to help older adults age without injury. Specifically, the participant will support efforts to enhance surveillance, research, and program implementation related to the review and management of modifiable fall risk factors. Specifically, the participant may be involved with the Safety Promotion team on the following tasks:

  • Participate with the Team in developing a business case for evidence-based clinical fall prevention activities.
  • Analyze data and evaluate strategies to reduce hospital readmissions due to falls.
  • Provide technical support for health system implementation, use, and evaluation of falls prevention activities.
  • Pursue opportunities to educate and incentivize clinicians and health systems for integrating fall prevention.
  • Participate in analyzing, interpreting, and publishing a report on fatal and non-fatal injury data to estimate the overall health and economic impact of falls and other injuries.
  • Review and report on the health and economic burden related to unintentional injuries that impact adults as they age. As well as describe the availability of evidence-based interventions. 



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 and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills

  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent oral skills
  • Ability to synthesize research and public information quickly and concisely
  • Ability to interpret statistical tests commonly used in public health


How to Apply 

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

*Deadline to Apply: January 22, 2021 3:00PM (EST)*