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Graduate Research Assistant Position Available, Hubert Department of Global Health

Joshua Jeong (assistant professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health) is looking to hire a part-time graduate student research assistant. This is a paid hourly position with an expected commitment of 10 hrs/week. REAL and non-REAL applications accepted.
The student will support two ongoing cluster-randomized controlled trials of parenting interventions aimed to improve early childhood development in Kenya and Tanzania. The student’s role will be to support curriculum development process for a father-inclusive parenting intervention curriculum; assist with both/either qualitative data analysis of feedback sessions with participants during intervention pretesting cycles (Tanzania trial); qualitative data analysis of a recently completed process evaluation from the initial roll out of a parenting intervention (Kenya trial); and/or quantitative data analysis of the completed household survey with 600 caregivers of children 0-2 years that was collected as part of the baseline evaluation (Kenya trial). The student will also support preparation of questionnaires/study tools for another upcoming round of data collection this fall for another baseline evaluation for a separate study in Kenya; assist with conducting literature reviews broadly pertaining to implementation science of caregiving interventions in low- and middle-income countries; contribute to manuscript preparation; and support other project coordination tasks including taking meeting minutes, coordinating calls, and overseeing IRBs.

The ideal candidate would have research interests in child development, family health and wellbeing, and/or gender; experience coding transcripts and qualitative data analysis; cleaning quantitative survey data and descriptive analyses; prior field research and data collection experiences in low-resource setting. Summer internship and/or thesis opportunities can be carved out in these projects. Students who contribute sufficiently will be included as co-authors on resulting manuscripts. The graduate student will report primarily to Josh but closely collaborate as part of a broader team that includes a full-time research staff, other graduate student research assistants, and field partners in Tanzania and Kenya.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample on a relevant topic to Joshua Jeong (joshua [dot] jeong [at] emory [dot] edu) by Fri, Sept 22nd

Evaluation Specialist, Tanaq (Remote)

Category : Alumni


Tanaq Support Services (TSS) delivers professional, scientific, and technical services and information technology (IT) solutions to federal agencies in health, agriculture, technology, and other government services. TSS is a subsidiary of the St. George Tanaq Corporation (SGT), an Alaskan Native Corporation (ANC) committed to serving Federal customers while also giving back to the Tanaq native community and shareholders.

About the Role

We are seeking an Evaluation Specialist II to contribute to and lead a two-phased, qualitative evaluation with the Division of HIV Prevention’s Translation and Evaluation Branch for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The role will provide technical and project leadership for impact and/or performance evaluations across technical areas with a focus on the progress of CDC-funded community-based organizations (CBOs) to implement Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) and achieve the outcomes of the intervention, such as linking persons newly diagnosed with HIV to medical care. 


  • Support the review of existing literature, CDC, and non-CDC data resources, reviewing the existing evidence base of ARTAS implementation, patterns in linking newly diagnosed people with HIV to care, and RE-AIM assessment tools. 
  • Develop evaluation plans, data collection tools, abstraction tool/coding, analyze using NVivo, and draft reports on CBO evaluation data. The Evaluation Specialist II will work with a team to develop qualitative data collection tools, coordinate data collection, and conduct an analysis of both the quantitative and qualitative data. . The suite of data collection tools developed for may include 1) an abstraction template/coding for analyzing information from existing sources, 2) an online survey with closed-ended and open-ended questions, and 3) focus group and/or interview/question guides with open-ended questions, probes, and structured response questions for obtaining information about respondent characteristics.
  • Provide consultation based on data analysis and findings to support to the project as needed.
  • Develop data dissemination resources, including presentation slides and development of informational webinars. 
  • Provide programmatic support and coordination to include communication and collaboration with CDC staff and external grantees.
  • Provide leadership and training support for contract staff on qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and techniques for the purposes of process and outcome evaluations.
  • Support meeting logistics, agenda development and note-taking. 
  • Collaborate with contract program manager to develop a project work plan and be responsible for timely completion of deliverables to meet the needs of the funder and program manager.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Must possess excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and abilities, as well as effective verbal/written communication, organization, and presentation skills.
  • 5-7 years of experience leading data analytics projects
  • Strong experience with qualitative analysis statistical software, including strong working knowledge of NVivo software, Excell, and excellent data communication and visualization skills. 
  • Strong background performing literature reviews and qualitative data analysis including statistical methods.
  • Strong experience coding, validating, cleaning, and analyzing data from multiple sources.
  • Experience serving as a consultant (internal or external) on analytic projects.
  • The ability to provide technical assistance to internal and external team members and stakeholders.
  • Experience supporting and/or conducting literature, program and resource reviews and reporting findings.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills and well as experience visualizing data and writing data analysis summary reports. 
  • 2-5 years of experience working with/in the CDC strongly preferred.
  • Ability to obtain a government clearance.

Education and Training

  • Master of Public Health required (PhD preferred), with a concentration in Epidemiology, Program Monitoring and Evaluation or Data Analysis preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. May need to lift 25 pounds occasionally.

Who We Are

Tanaq Support Services strives to deeply understand and analyze our client’s vision, needs, and requirements so we may provide alternative solutions, empowering them to choose the best resolution. We aim to achieve excellence by delivering on our commitments to our clients, employees, and partners.

TSS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and participates in E-Verify. All employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce. Our policies provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under federal, state, or local laws. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact us for assistance.

For more information and to apply, please click here

ORISE Fellowship, GIS Geospatial Epidemiology and Applied Research

Category : Alumni

This ORISE fellowship appointment is available to participate on the Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program (GRASP) with the Geospatial Epidemiology and Applied Research Team within the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) 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. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish its mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

For nearly 30 years, GRASP has led the application of geography in public health to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote health. GRASP works across the CDC, the ATSDR, and the public health community to examine patterns associated with environmental health, public health emergencies, infectious and chronic disease, and injury.

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing a doctoral degree with completion before December 31, 2028. Degree must have been received within the past five years. 

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Degrees or coursework in public health, environmental or social sciences, or geography is preferred.
  • Experience or competency with one or more of the following: ArcGIS, QGIS, R, SAS, Python, Tableau, PowerBI, SQL.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Dispatches from the AIDS Pandemic — Discussion and Book Signing

Category : News/Events

Twenty-five years ago this month Dr. James W (Jim) Curran – Emeritus Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health and founding PI of the Emory Center for AIDS Research – green lighted, and funded!, the formation of the Vaccine Dinner Club.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Before that signal event though, while he was still at the CDC, Dr. Curran led the initial investigation of the disease later known as AIDS.   You may be familiar with the Hollywood story of that investigation, and what came after it, from the book / movie “And the Band Played On.”    

It was a good book and an engaging movie but those of us who lived those events in real time have spent the ensuing decades asking Dr. Curran and the other front-line insiders to write a book that tells the story from THEIR perspective.   And they finally have.  Yay!

So please authors Kevin M. DeCock, Harold W. Jaffe, and Jim Curran for a discussion and book signing of “Dispatches from the AIDS Pandemic: A Public Health Story,” —  their unique firsthand account of the CDC’s early response to AIDS.

Drawing in part on interviews from the CDC’s AIDS oral history project, the book traces the evolution of AIDS from newly recognized disease to pandemic.

Tuesday, September 25 

4pm: Discussion and Q&A

5pm: Book Signing

Margaret H. Rollins Room – Randall R Rollins Building

Register to attend at


Student Position Available, WellRoot

This exciting project is facilitated by WellRoot, Georgia’s longest-serving family welfare organization with a commitment to breaking the cycle of trauma in the lives of teens and young adults. This project will create resources for schools and youth serving organizations to better equip staff and children who are struggling or may struggle with trauma or adverse childhood experiences.

In Georgia, 250,000 children have a parent who has been incarcerated, 160,000 children are not living with a parent, 40,000 K-12 children are experiencing homelessness, 11,000 are in foster care and 6,000 are in detention facilities. These children need support in and out of school.  

This project seeks to develop specific tools and trainings to help guide the implementation of evidence-based practices to address trauma, build resiliency and support positive youth development in a variety of youth settings.  A comprehensive self-assessment and planning tool will be developed to help sites evaluate their current status, develop an improvement plan and galvanize the organizational support necessary for change. 

Skills needed for this project include survey design experience, research skills in literature reviews and key informant interviews, organizational skills and clear written communication.  The project will require 10-20 hours per week with most work done off-site. 

This project has the potential of becoming a national model. 

For more information, please reach out to:  clennon [at] wellroot [dot] org

Student Assistant Position, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health

The GDEH is seeking a student to lead, compile, and create various communications and assist with student-related programs, events, administrative tasks, and more.  

Relevant RSPH competencies include:

  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate (i.e., non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Apply leadership and/or management principles to address a relevant issue

Tasks might include: 

  • Compile and organize information for the department’s weekly student newsletter 
  • Create a monthly report by compiling publications by faculty and PhD students
  • Help manage the department’s Facebook and Instagram accounts/posts
    • Produce and gather content, create and schedule posts; this may include outreach to stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, etc.), attending events (i.e. taking pictures/videos at events), etc.
  • Assist with department’s student peer mentoring program and other department programs
  • Assist with department events
  • Assist with various student or department related activities/projects

Preferred qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills and experience with creating social media and other written materials, organizing content, organizing events, and planning.  They will be self-motivated, organized, a self-starter, able to attend department events, and feel comfortable communicating with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing and/or social media links or samples via 12Twenty and/or to Ariadne Swichtenberg at ariadne [dot] s [at] emory [dot] edu

The Hatchery Skills Builder Workshops

Category : News/Events

The Anatomy of Experience
When: Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-8:30 pm (Dinner included) at The Hatchery
When you attend this workshop, you will:  

  • Gain understanding of why leading with experience-design benefits long-term growth. 
  • Learn to apply experience-based theory to business.
  • Take away a practical toolkit for use. 

Learn the art of experience from Robyn Duda, an award-winning event strategist, experience designer, and thought leader who has created customer and employee-centric strategies for Coca-Cola, Spotify, Visa, and IBM. 

Click here to register!

Resilience for Innovators with Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

When: Wednesday, October 4, 5:30-8:30 pm (Dinner included) at The Hatchery
Develop the resilience you need to persevere in your innovative work

When you attend this workshop, you will:

  • Participate in an experiential introduction to the neurophysiology of resilience
  • Learn how to incorporate practical body-based tools for resilience and well-being into your everyday life and work
  • Creatively explore the potential of innovation to contribute to interpersonal, social, and cultural resilience

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, PhD, is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory. His research focuses on the scientific study of compassion, empathy and other prosocial emotions and their cultivation in educational, carceral, and other settings.

To register:

ORISE Fellowship, CDC Division of Violence Prevention

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), Research and Evaluation Branch (REB), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. Please note that the fellowship appointment is 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 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: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved with research related to the primary prevention of child sexual abuse. CDC defines child sexual abuse as the involvement of a child (person less than 18 years of age) in sexual activity that violates the laws or social taboos of society and that they do not fully comprehend, do not consent to or are unable to give informed consent to, or are not developmentally prepared for and cannot give consent to (

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with child sexual abuse prevention research, child abuse and neglect prevention research, adverse childhood experiences prevention research, and/or public health policy research.
  • Experience with or knowledge of violence prevention, health equity, social determinants of health, or other related research areas.
  • Experience or knowledge of methods to conduct systematic and/or scoping literature reviews.
  • Training or experience with qualitative and quantitative methods applied to public health programs.
  • Training or experience with quantitative data analysis and rigorous evaluation of prevention strategies and interventions.
  • Strong communication, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills demonstrated by scientific publications and presentations.
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on behavioral research.
For more information and to apply, please click here

Application Open, Presidential Management Fellowship

The PMF Program Office is happy to announce the dates for the upcoming PMF Class of 2024 Application, which are as follows:  opening Noon (Eastern Time), Tuesday, September 12th and closing Noon (Eastern Time), Monday, September 25th, 2023. These dates have been posted at

We have also updated and released the “2024 PMF Applicant Handbook” and posted it to the PMF website. The Handbook can be found under the “Become a PMF/Resources” section at The Handbook details the annual application process, eligibility requirements, required documentation, and provides an overview of the assessment process, all with the goal of preparing applicants to submit successful applications.

Additionally, during the months of August/September 2023, we will be hosting a series of informational webinars for potential applicants about the upcoming PMF Class of 2024 Application. The informational webinars will provide a general overview of the PMF Program, details about the 2024 application cycle, and if time permits, allow for any questions. Please note that several of the webinars have a specific focus related to strategic recruitment goals, but all will cover the basics outlined above and are open to all disciplines. These webinars will not be recorded for later publishing or viewing.

The full list of webinars for potential applicants can be found under the “News & Events” section on the PMF website at and under the “Become a PMF/2024 Application” section at Please encourage your graduate students to register using the provided links. Space is limited to 500 participants each and dates, times, and thematic focus are subject to change.

Finally, we have updated many of our resources for academia and applicants. For an overview of what’s new for the upcoming 2024 Application for academia, visit: A few of our updated resources include:

  • The 2024 PMF Applicant Handbook, posted under the “Become a PMF/Resources” section and “Academia/Resources” section at
  • The PMF Brochure for Applicants, posted under both of the “Resources” sections above at
  • The PMF Program Required Application Documents and Alternative Letter, posted under both of the “Resources” sections above at
  • The Academia Checklist, posted under the “Academia/Resources” section at

Please be sure to check our website for updates. General information about the PMF Program, eligibility, how to apply, and resources, can be found under the “Become a PMF” section of our website at

Lastly, the PMF Program Office will be sunsetting its use of OPM’s Listservs for academia to subscribe to. Instead, please see information about our subscriber lists at the top of the “Academia/Getting Info” section at


Epidemiologist, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Category : Alumni

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) ensures Navy and Marine Corps Readiness through leadership in prevention of disease and promotion of health. Through the ORISE program, the NMCPHC provides opportunities to participate in on-going applied research and development projects in the areas of Environmental Health, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene, and Laboratory Services.

What will I be doing?

Under the guidance of an epidemiologist mentor, you will:

  • Collect, evaluate and provide public health surveillance data analysis and reporting for Navy and Marine Corps members and beneficiaries.
  • Develop/conduct epidemiologic studies and surveillance in the areas of clinical epidemiology, infectious disease, behavioral health, occupational and environmental epidemiology and injury and healthcare epidemiology.
  • Provide rapid response to request for outbreak and disease information.
  • Provide epidemiologic consulting and assistance for studies.
  • Integrate health data with other data types to provide robust analysis.
  • Investigate and study acute and chronic conditions to determine the public health impact of intervention programs.
  • Prepare raw health data for epidemiologic analysis.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Upcoming Events

  • Coffee With the Council - hosted by Staff Council September 27, 2023 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am Meeting Event Type: MeetingSeries: Coffee With the Council - hosted by Staff CouncilContact Name: Staff CouncilContact Email: rsphstaffcouncil@emory.eduRoom Location: CNR_8030 Lawrence P. &Ann Estes Klamon roomRSPH staff are invited to join us in the Klamon Room (CNR 8030) for Coffee with the Council, hosted by Staff Council. Discover our plans, share feedback, and connect with fellow…
  • Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Series September 28, 2023 at 12:00 am – 1:00 am Claudia Nance Rollins Auditorium, CNR-AUD Event Type: Seminar SeriesOther Calendars: Seminar SeriesSpeaker: DiDong Li, PhDSeries: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics SeriesContact Name: Porchia Coleman-ArnoldContact Email: Porchia.Arnold@emory.eduEvent Open To: Faculty, Students, AlumniTitle: From Newton & Leibniz to Modern Gaussian Processes: A Journey to Derivatives
  • Paths to Practice: State Health Departments as the Platform for High-Impact Research and Practice September 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Guest Lecture and Seminar Series Event Type: Guest Lecture,Seminar SeriesSeries: Paths to PracticeSpeaker: Dr. Eli RosenbergLink: Rosenberg is an infectious disease epidemiologist who will discuss his career trajectory starting in academic public health through his present role.Klamon, Lunch provided, Please register so we have an estimate for the lunch order.

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