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Graduate Research Assistant – Data Manager, RSPH

Role Description

The Lopman Lab team conducts research globally and in the United States with research targeted at diarrheal diseases, specifically those caused by rotavirus and norovirus. More recently, this research has also focused on COVID-19. We employ a range of approaches including field studies, statistical analysis, and dynamic mathematical modeling to address public health policy relevant research questions.

We are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to work on a project examining social mixing patterns that are relevant to transmission of COVID-19 in nursing homes. The project will collect and analyze social mixing patterns of workers in several nursing homes in the Atlanta area in order to better parameterize infectious disease models, and thus evaluate COVID-19 interventions.

The GRA will assist with data collection and management in REDCap. The candidate must reside in the Atlanta area to assist with data collection and the schedule is approximately 20 hours per week.



  • Proficient in REDCap.
  • Ability to work well independently and efficiently.
  • Self-motivation and a high level of responsibility to complete tasks in a timely manner and make significant progress with limited supervision from doctoral student mentors.
  • Attention to detail and time management skills.
  • Data management skills. 


How to Apply

Click here to read more about this position and apply on Handshake

*This position is REAL eligible but not required*

REDI to Register, 9/14

Category : News/Events


The Rollins Election Day Initiative (REDI) is holding their first information session for students about how to register to vote in Georgia on Monday, September 14th at 12:15pm


How to Join 

Click here to register for the Sept 14th webinar! 


Get Involved with REDI

Click here to learn more about REDI and different ways to be civically engage leading up to the Rollins Day-ON, on November 3rd!


COVID-19: State of the Science Webinar, 9/15

Category : News/Events


The seminar, sponsored by the Boston University School of Public Health, will bring together experts to discuss the causes and consequences of this global pandemic, exploring what we know now, and what we still need to learn.

Speakers include: 

  • Hallie Prescott, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
  • Gabriela Gomes, Professor, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
  • Caitlin Rivers, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This event will be moderated by David Hamer, Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University. Click here to read more about each of the speakers! 


Webinar Information

  • Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • Time: 9–10:30 a.m
  • Register: Click here to register! 



CSTE Mentorship Program

Opportunity Description

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) invites you to apply to participate in our 2020-2021 Mentorship Program, which will take place October 2020-July 2021. The purpose of the program is to build relationships and foster shared learning among applied epidemiologists. The goal is to promote the exploration of career opportunities in state, local, territorial, and tribal public health agencies. A previous program participant described their experience: 

“This was a great way to establish a relationship with someone outside of my agency and in a different area of expertise. We were able to discuss various topics and identify similarities and differences across epidemiology practice.” 

Mentors and mentees are matched on common interests and their motivation for participating in the program. Participants will receive monthly newsletters and participate in webinars and activities focused on professional development. Each mentor and mentee pair is expected to connect once a month.   
An opportunity for sponsored travel to the 2021 CSTE Annual Conference may be available for select program participants. CSTE membership is encouraged but not required. The estimated time requirement for both mentors and mentees is 1-2 hours per month. 


Become a Mentor

  • No previous mentorship experience is required, and it is an ideal opportunity for mid-level epidemiologists. 
  • Mentors are required to have at least five years of work experience.  
  • Register to attend CSTE’s Prospective Mentor Webinar on September 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT to answer your questions and learn more about the Mentor’s role in our program. 


Apply to be a Mentee

  • Eligible mentees are entry level epidemiologists who graduated within the last 5 years or current graduate students. 


If You Have Previously Participated in this Program

  • Those who have previously participated in the CSTE Mentorship Program are permitted to apply again. If accepted, you will be matched with a new mentee or mentor; however, please note that the program curriculum will be similar.    


How to Apply 

  • Click here to start your application today to participate in the 2020-2021 Mentorship Program.
  • All applications are due by September 30, 2020.
  • Please note that all applicants may not be accepted; space is limited based on the number of mentors that apply.
  • For specific questions about the Mentorship Program, please email Jessica Arrazola (jarrazola [at] cste [dot] org). 

Data Coordinator II, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Category : Alumni

Job Summary

Responsible for reviewing electronic and scanned medical records of patients for data abstraction and entry of data elements into databases for clinical research. Will complete validation of data entry and follow clinical research protocols. Reviews data obtained by electronic queries of hospital databases and ensures accuracy. Works closely with other clinical research staff and statisticians.


Essential Responsibilities

  1. Extracts data on study patients from electronic and paper hospital records, outpatient charts and private physician office records, as appropriate, in order to complete data collection required by specific protocols. Enters data into computerized system.
  2. Validates data entry and comparison of data obtained electronically and from medical record review.
  3. Performs initial statistical analyses on data to create large databases from multiple sources, confirm complete data capture, and calculate data abstraction accuracy among data coordinators and students.
  4. Coordinates data analysis plan with principal investigator and statistician.
  5. Keep detailed records of data analysis process and procedures.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in epidemiology or statistics preferred.
  • 1-3 years related work experience required.
  • Experience with statistical software required, including SAS.
  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with STATA and Epilnfo is a plus.
  • Understanding of medical terminology and/or experience in medical record review.
  • Experience training and supervising junior research staff.



  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.


How to Apply 

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



Doers Wanted – We Have Enough Critics Seminar, 9/15

Category : News/Events

Join the Department of Environmental Health this week for a special seminar by Dr. Enrique Schisterman! 

Seminar Description 

Dr. Schisterman is a Senior Investigator and Branch Chief of the Intramural Epidemiology Branch at NICHD and the Editor in Chief of the American Jornal of Epidemiology. He earned both his master’s degree in Statistics and his doctorate degree in Epidemiology from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Overall, his research focuses on the development of new methodologies motivated by environmental health data, and etiologically, he is interested in the evaluation of low-cost interventions to improve reproductive health.

Event Information

  • Tuesday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m
  • Check your Outlook inbox for the Zoom meeting information! 


Presidential Management Fellowship, CDC

Opportunity Description 

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a highly selective, prestigious two-year training and leadership development program that is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The PMF Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, to attract outstanding citizen-scholars from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have an interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. It is the federal government’s premiere pipeline for moving advanced degree graduates into government leadership positions.

As part of the PMF program, fellows participate in a 4 to 6-month developmental assignment in another CDC program or at another external federal government agency. These developmental assignments and optional rotations are used to allow fellows the opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the federal government, while gaining management experience, and to learn about other program functions and areas.

During this 2-year paid fellowship, participants will receive:

  • Hands-on experience
  • Mentorship
  • Classroom training
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Developmental assignments
  • Optional rotations



Eligibility is based on completion of advanced degree requirements by August 31st of the following year of the annual application.

– OR –

If you have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the previous two years from the opening date of the PMF Program’s annual application announcement, you are eligible to apply.


Process Information 

The very first step in successfully becoming a PMF is paying attention to the details of the annual application and assessment process. For detailed eligibility requirements, check out the Eligibility webpage. Once the application period opens, it will appear on USAJOBS ( by searching for “Presidential Management Fellows”. Review the Application Process to learn more about all the steps to apply.


Application Cycle 

  • The application period for the 2021 class of fellows is September 30- October 14, 2020
  • Announcement of the PMF Class of 2021 Finalists will occur approximately 6 weeks after the end of the application period 


Emory EPI Responds: Outbreak Response Team (Part 2)

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

The Emory Outbreak Response Team has been hard at work since our August feature, continuing to raise awareness about prevention strategies and bringing free COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in Georgia. Since then the team, led by Vice Chair Dr. Jodie Guest,  has grown their community partnerships to include the city of Milledgeville and the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta.1



The rate of COVID-19 among the Latinx population in Georgia has been more than three times the state average,2 so their efforts this summer have provided critical access to testing services. The Outbreak Response Team tested over 500 people at the Mexican Consulate in early August, along with other Emory researchers who conducted additional testing events in Cumming and Warner Robins to address these COVID-19 disparities among Latinx communities. Over the past few months this team of students and faculty has engaged in crucial response activities and expanded their reach, all while maintaining their core focus on supporting communities affected by long term health inequalities and disproportionately burdened by COVID-19.



We recently spoke with two more members of the Outbreak Response Team about what they have learned and reflections on their experience this summer working on the frontlines of the pandemic.


Molly McAlvaney

Molly McAlvaney is also a second year in the EPI MPH program. During her undergraduate degree, she studied public health at the University of Tampa. Afterward, she worked at the American Lung Association for a year before coming to Rollins.


“Our team started working in Hall County, where we also helped deliver lunches and public health messaging about staying safe during the pandemic to school children. Since then our testing events have expanded to other counties and we will continue to offer COVID-19 tests to underprivileged communities throughout Georgia. We’ve also worked on different testing methods to determine which testing methods are the most accurate, as well as testing for antibodies.”


“The most challenging part of this experience has definitely been my struggle to effectively communicate with the primarily Hispanic/Latino population we have been working with. I do not speak Spanish, so I am very grateful for our bilingual team members and the community leaders we work with. It has also been challenging to work outside of epidemiology and having to focus on the health education and communication aspects. It has been a bit of an adjustment, but I have learned a lot about all that goes into providing public health messaging to various communities. It is a very eye-opening and rewarding experience.”


Kyle Lester

Kyle is a second year EPI MPH student, before starting at Rollins he worked as a paramedic for Grady Memorial Hospital. While working as a paramedic, he went back to school and earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.


“One of the major challenges we have dealt with this summer is the extensive amount of preparation that must be done for each event, which can take weeks leading up to the actual testing event. The planning and coordination between multiple different agencies and municipalities, IRB approvals, and logistics with paperwork, staffing, and supplies has proven to be a multitude of moving hurdles. Yet, when these issues are resolved, and the testing events are successful, the weeks of work behind the scenes are worth it.”


“Coming from a medical background, I have been involved in sample collection at our testing events.  I have also been working heavily on inputting and cleaning data so that it can be stored and analyzed. My biggest takeaway from these events is that I have found my place in the community engagement aspect of public health work. I enjoy the theory that we learn in our courses, but I have always felt that I wanted to take that a step further and see the faces representing the numbers on those slides and SAS outputs. While working as a paramedic, I gained an affinity for interacting with people at the individual level, and I enjoy representing Emory and public health to our participants.”




Thank you for following the Emory EPI Responds series this summer, it has been a pleasure and an inspiration to witness how so many of our students rose to the challenge and contributed to COVID-19 response, applying the skills they have learned in their MPH so far, and developing countless new ones as needs arose. The Confounder Team is looking forwarding to continue highlighting the great work our students do in the coming year to address the pressing public health needs of today!






Image Sources: Twitter, Emory University 

Graduate Research Assistant, PRISM

Role Description

ePrEP and PrEP@Home are both mobile app based projects designed to increase the uptake and maintenance of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among men who have sex with men in the US over 12 months of follow-up with quarterly assessments. Participants will be using home test kits, to self-collect samples and send to us for testing, and telemedicine consultations for visits.

This job is part of the PRISM Health team at Rollins. Through the confluence of behavioral, social science, epidemiology and biomedical research, Programs Research Innovation in Sexual Minority Health (PRISM) undertakes quality science, innovative research, and evidence-based programming to better understand and improve the sexual health of sexual minority populations, with a focus on HIV.

*Remote eligible


Job Duties

GRA would assist with participant recruitment, scheduling visits, and follow-up for retention. The majority of participant contact will be via phone or electronic, with the possibility to assist with one in-person visit for PrEP@Home. Job requires excellent communication skills and attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications

  • HIV research or service experience
  • PrEP knowledge
  • Experience working with LGBTQ communities


How to Apply 

Click here to learn more about this position and apply on Handshake! 


Health Scientist, CDC

Category : Alumni

Position Summary 

The incumbent serves as a Health Scientist performing data science work that requires extraction of knowledge from public health surveillance systems and programs at the local, state and national levels that are structured or unstructured for: analysis; improved understanding and communication; development/visualization of new concepts, and/or processes that add value to health services delivery and the decision making process.



As a Health Scientist (Data Scientist), you will:

  • Consult and collaborate with statistical, data science, artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning), and public health professionals in the collection, linkage, processing, coding, classification, and analysis of public health surveillance, research, and administrative health data.
  • Learn and use current data science methods and tools to plan and conduct research using public health data systems, including survey data, health care facility data, syndromic surveillance data, electronic health records, vital records, and non-traditional data sources such as social media and unstructured web-based data.
  • Support the development of proposals and projects that align with research and policy goals for data science research and analytic projects, defining the scope and intent of the projects, the data to be used, the analytic approaches and methods, technology resource requirements, timelines and significant milestones, and intended outputs.
  • Provide advice on the use of data science tools, methods, and statistical learning models to collect, link, process, code, classify, and analyze public health surveillance, research, and administrative data.
  • Assist in creating recommendation for additional research and development efforts and formulates proposals for new studies and data science projects related to the Center’s priority topic areas.
  • Support synthesizing and interpreting the relevant literature and other public sources and provides analytical review of current methodological developments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Basic Qualifications

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

Minimum Qualification

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience conducting statistical analyses, using data science methods such as machine learning and data visualizations, and working with structured and unstructured datasets.


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about the position details and to apply at USAJOBS!