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Qualitative Data Analyst, CDC Foundation

Category : Alumni

The CDC Foundation seeks a Qualitative Data Analyst to support epidemiologic and surveillance activities related to maternal mortality prevention through the CDC’s Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) initiative. The qualitative data analyst will contribute to increased understanding of the multi- factorial contributors to pregnancy-related deaths at the national and jurisdiction- levels, and increased understanding of opportunities for prevention of future deaths. They will lead team-based qualitative analyses with CDC staff and external partners, utilizing data from the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA) and the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System.

The successful candidate will be hired by the CDC Foundation and will be organizationally located with the Maternal Mortality Prevention Team in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health, Maternal and Infant Health Branch, Maternal Mortality Prevention Team.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public’s health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. This is a CDC Foundation position that will work directly with CDC. ** Please note that this position is contingent on contract award.** For more information, click here. Please apply by April 16, 2023. 

 


Senior Evaluation Manager, Institute for Public Health Innovation

Category : Alumni

IPHI is currently recruiting for a Senior Evaluation Manager (SEM) to support information-based decision making, measure and improve organizational and program performance, and foster evaluation business opportunities. The ideal candidate will be experienced in non-profit program evaluation, entrepreneurial, and energized by the opportunity to build the evaluation systems and capacities of a growing regional non- profit public health organization.

The Senior Evaluation Manager (SEM) will coordinate and support public health program evaluation and monitoring activities, including evaluation planning and design, collaboration with key stakeholders, data collection and analysis, data synthesis, and report writing and presentation with a commitment to equity, utilization-focused and community participatory evaluation strategies. This requires collaborating with team members and external partners on a wide range of diverse public health projects, from direct services to broad community-level policy and systems change initiatives. The Senior Evaluation Manager (SEM) will also lead evaluation training and capacity- building efforts across the organization and with project partners. The Senior Evaluation Manager (SEM) will play a key role in supporting overall organizational performance, such as through monitoring performance associated with IPHI’s strategic plan and conducting staff and business client surveys. Finally, the Senior Evaluation Manager (SEM) will assist in cultivating business opportunities by identifying and securing evaluation service contracts and contributing to evaluation design elements of grant proposals.

In addition, the Senior Evaluation Manager (SEM) will carry out a broad spectrum of evaluation work designed to help build IPHI’s capacity to improve and communicate the effectiveness of public health programs.

Primary Responsibilities: – Coordinate or advise monitoring and evaluation activities associated with IPHI programs, in close collaboration with team members, contractors, and partners. Lead and support the design, planning, logistics, and implementation of evaluation activities, including support of strategic plan metrics and monitoring. – Lead a broad range of survey development and implementation to support organizational and program development. – Guide the development and implementation of organizational and program quality improvement processes. – Support and lead organizational and community capacity building efforts, including trainings and workshops on topics relevant to monitoring, evaluation and learning. – Support the development and implementation of a variety of monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes and outputs related to data infrastructure systems, survey-building, evaluation plans, data visualization and organizational learning. – Work with other team members to translate evaluation and monitoring findings into organizational and program improvement. – Analyze quantitative and qualitative data, interpret statistics and draft findings, including data visualization. – Clearly communicate the results of analytical work to non-technical audiences in both written and oral communication. – Write summaries, case studies, evaluation reports, literature reviews, abstracts, and other content. – Assume a lead role in writing evaluation sections of grant reports and proposals. Contribute to the development of research and evaluation business opportunities.

Applications should be submitted through IPHI’s on-line application system (Lever), accessible through IPHI’s website (https://www.institutephi.org) or various job advertisement boards. Please submit a resumé and cover letter to complete your application for consideration. Your cover letter can be submitted under “Additional Information” as text or uploaded as one file together with your resumé. Please note only one file can be uploaded to apply, so the cover letter and resumé must be combined into a single PDF unless the cover letter is included in the Additional Information section. Please apply by April 17, 2023. 

 


Noon Time Seminar Series, Humphrey Fellows

Category : News/Events

The following seminar series will take place on Thursdays at noon in CNR 3001, as well as on Zoom

2/09: Yan Song, MD (China): Medical Service in Beijing, China

Hina Afroz, DVM, MPHIL (Pakistan): Lumpy Skin Disease Crisis – A New Challenge for Pakistan

2/23: Sabanur Caviar, MD (Turkiye): Rethinking Management of Public Health Services

Philip Kutjok, MLS, MSC (Republic of South Sudan): Mobile Lab Project in S. Sudan

3/23: Heba Metwally, MD (Egypt): Universal Health Coverage Implementation in Egypt

Tatiana Estrela, SW, MA (Brazil): Tuberculosis in Brazil – The National TB Pan

4/06: Richard Kambarangwe, MPH (Tanzania): Traumatic Stores of a Deadly Disease, Tanzania’s Programmatic Trajectories in Ending HIV Epidemic

Sambo Guemgo, MD, MSC (Chad): Community Health Program in Chad: Challenges and Perspectives

4/13: Kezang Dorji, MBBS, MPH (Bhutan): Building Professionalism and Mindset of One Health

EMan M N Salih, MSC PTH (Sudan): Health Education in Sudan Rural Areas

 

 


Epidemiology Graduate Intern, Johnson & Johnson

At Johnson & Johnson, we use technology and the power of teamwork to discover new ways to prevent and overcome the world’s the most significant healthcare challenges. Our Corporate, Consumer Health, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceutical teams leverage data, real-world insights, and creative minds to make life-changing healthcare products and medicines. We’re disrupting outdated healthcare ecosystems and infusing them with transformative ideas to help people thrive throughout every stage of their lives. With a reach of more than a billion people every day, there’s no limit to the impact you can make here. Are you ready to reimagine healthcare?

Here, your career breakthroughs will change the future of health, in all the best ways. And you’ll change, too. You’ll be inspired, and you’ll inspire people across the world to change how they care for themselves and those they love. Amplify your impact. Join us!

Qualifications

The primary responsibilities of the Epidemiology Intern will be to assist with the management of epidemiologic studies and / or literature reviews to characterize incidence, prevalence, risk factors, and associated comorbidities and treatment patterns for disease conditions across a wide range of Janssen’s TA portfolio , for example, pregnancy outcomes, tuberculosis, or other public health areas.

Additionally, the Intern may assist with the conduct of quantitative analyses of public use and private data sources, and will gain experience with epidemiologic study design, methods and data analysis. In addition to their direct supervisor, the Intern will work closely with other colleagues in the Epidemiology department to gain breadth of exposure and experience working in an industry-based research group. The Epidemiology Graduate Intern will work under the supervision of more senior members of the department.

Ideally, the candidate will commit to 30-40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks (~mid-May through ~mid-August). This is a paid position based on education level and experience.

Qualifications

  • Enrolled in an academic program pursuing a Master’s Degree or PhD in epidemiology, public health, statistics, or a related field, with at least one year of graduate level course work completed.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. (English)
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software.
  • Experience writing literature reviews, research protocols, grant proposals, or manuscripts preferred.

At Johnson & Johnson, we’re on a mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. That starts by creating the world’s healthiest workforce. Through cutting-edge programs and policies, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our employees and the ones they love. As such, candidates offered employment must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or secure an approved accommodation prior to the commencement of employment to support the well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we live and work.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

 

For more information and to apply, please click here.


Summer Internship Program, NIH

The NIH Summer Internship Program is currently open for applications. This is a fantastic opportunity for students at almost any level (undergrad/grad/medical) to gain paid experience in research. Details are at the links below. 

2023 Guidelines for the Summer Internship Program (SIP) 

  • Student eligibility requirements can be found here:

SIP website: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip  

  • Students must apply through the OITE application system and meet eligibility requirements (per NIH guidelines).  
  • We accept candidates who are full-time students at the time of application.  Students who have graduated and are matriculating at the next level of education are still eligible.
  • Students who have already participated in the Summer Internship Program for 2 years are NOT eligible to intern at NIEHS in 2023.
  • The NIEHS SIP has a minimum duration of 8 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks.  Start dates for 2023 will be May 15th, May 22nd, and June 5th.  

The Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity specifically addresses how experiences such as SIP are not equally available to all students: “In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences…”


Program Director, NCI Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Category : Alumni

The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) welcomes applications from researchers with training and experience in cancer epidemiology or related epidemiologic specialty areas (such as environmental or genetic epidemiology).

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

For more information and to apply, visit the links below, open January 18 through January 27, 2023.

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

• GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer) Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

• GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer)

ABOUT EGRP

EGRP supports research in human populations to understand determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes and translate findings to clinical and public health interventions. Learn more about EGRP’s research areas and the active grants in EGRP’s portfolio.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

EGRP’s scientific staff are part of a scientifically energizing and collegial environment, with ample opportunities

to:

  • Manage a portfolio of research conducted at academic institutions across the United States and

    internationally on topics such as clinical, environmental, genomic, and nutritional epidemiology, as well as cancer survivorship;

  • Identify scientific gaps and opportunities in NCI’s research portfolio and develop novel research and funding priorities to cultivate a diverse portfolio of research;

  • Lead and participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations across NIH and in public, private, and academic sectors;

  • Develop national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops); and mentor fellows.

  • QUALIFICATIONS

    Qualified candidates will have a degree in epidemiology with expertise in cancer epidemiology or specialty areas of epidemiology as they relate to cancer research (e.g., environmental or genetic epidemiology). The candidate should have experience leading scientific projects, the ability to work effectively with a variety of transdisciplinary groups and organizations, experience working independently and collaboratively in scientific teams, excellent public speaking and writing abilities, and a track record of peer-reviewed publications. More information about educational requirements for various grades is available on https://www.opm.gov/policy- data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF

ANNOUNCEMENT DETAILS

NCI Shady Grove is located in Rockville, MD.

The anticipated full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and is classified as a GS 12/13/14 onwww.usajobs.gov. Excellent benefits will be provided. For more information about federal employment, seehttps://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/. This announcement is for a career position within the US government and requires US citizenship. This position will be subject to a background investigation. Educational qualifications verified by official transcripts and submission of a Confidential Financial Disclosure OGE Form 450 will be required.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Learn more.

CONTACT

For questions about the position, please contact nciEGRPjobs [at] mail [dot] nih [dot] gov.


Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics

Dr. Kevin Ward from the Department of Epidemiology is seeking a highly organized research assistant to help with tissue acquisition activities for a large prostate cancer study taking place in Georgia. Attention to detail is critical and some prior lab experience would be helpful, although it is not required. Dr. Ward leads the Georgia Cancer Registry (GCR). The GCR is participating in the largest ongoing recruitment study in the U.S. for African American prostate cancer patients. Approximately 4400 men are enrolled in the study to date in Georgia (recruitment is ongoing) and almost half of these men have authorized access to stored tissue from around the time of diagnosis. Tissue retrieval is underway with over 1000 specimens received and processed to date.

The research assistant’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • working with study staff to receive, log and de-identify tissue blocks from outside laboratories every week.

  • preparing required paperwork for the Winship Cancer Tissue & Pathology Shared Resource (CTPSR)

  • delivering de-identified blocks and pathology reports from RSPH to Winship CTPSR on a weekly basis

  • receiving sectioned slides from the Winship CTPSR as they are completed.

  • conducting quality control on the sectioned slides received and preparing shipping logs

    for outside processing partner (John Hopkins University – JHU)

  • packaging slides and de-identified pathology reports for weekly shipments to JHU

  • retrieving the original blocks from Winship CTPSR and returning them to RSPH

  • removing the de-identification labels from the blocks and preparing shipments of blocks

    back to the providing laboratories.

    This position requires on-campus work, pays $15.00/hour, and can support 10-20 hours per week. Work will be ongoing throughout the summer. Please email your resume to kward [at] emory [dot] edu if interested.


Honoring hard-fought wisdom: a dialogue with formerly incarcerated citizens

Category : News/Events

Learn about public health-related challenges during and after incarceration, and recommendations for action. Led by returning citizens who will share their insights gained from decades of lived experience.

Speakers: Julius Campbell, Kareemah Hanifa, Ron Garrett

February 23, 2022, 4:30-6:00 pm

Randall R. Rollins Room 800

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Please contact Julie Gazmararian (jagazma [at] emory [dot] edu) with questions. RSVP by February 3!

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7 Movies and TV shows Epidemiologists Should Watch

Category : PROspective

Written by: Nafis Khan and Veronika Laird

This post was originally published on January 30, 2022, and is being republished in January 2023.

If you’re like me, when winter hits you know the best place to be is inside. It gets dark earlier, everything is kind of dreary, plus all you want to do is take a nap. Some of my go to remedies for wintertime blues are tasty soup recipes, reading books (Re: 8 Books Every Epidemiologist Should Read), and watching TV. The cool thing about TV shows and movies is there are so many of them, and with the pandemic (and the emergence of omicron) there is so much time to find new ones. Now personally, I would rather catch up on the latest Netflix series than watch another zoom lecture. I may feel bad in the moment but there are tons of great shows and movies centered around public health to help me rationalize that decision. While some may be a bit more educational than others, I always like to tell myself that these programs depict the real world application of what I would be learning about anyways (Right??). Here are some cool shows and movies that I have stumbled across:

Andromeda Strain

  • After a U.S. military satellite lands in a rural town in Arizona, a deadly contagion kills everyone except two survivors. It soon begins spreading across the country as the military begins to quarantine the area while a small, secured team of highly specialized scientists are assembled. Their task is to find a cure and intervention for the pathogen named “Andromeda”. This initially was a book written by Michael Crichton, who is also the author of Jurassic Park, and became adapted into a limited TV series that was nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys.

 Contagion

    • A classic movie that got a lot of attention when the pandemic first began. It centers on a woman returning home from a business trip in Hong Kong only to pass away two days later back home in Minnesota. Shortly after, many others start to show the same symptoms and it quickly becomes a pandemic. While this film highlights the roles of epidemiologists, including EIS officers, virologists, and other scientists, it also considers the role of the media and misinformation. This movie is believed to be one of the more accurate infectious disease movies available to viewers.

Rise of Planet of the Apes

    • While some may not consider this a movie that highlights infectious diseases, it focuses on the animal-human interface and the importance of that relationship. A business has been testing their potential Alzheimer’s cure on various primates in their lab. After developing a gaseous version of a drug that is supposed to help with Alzheimer’s disease, a member of the company becomes sick and sneezes blood onto another colleague. It quickly spreads around the globe leading to a pandemic. (SPOILER ALERT) It isn’t until the second movie that we discover the biological origins of the drug and that it was derived from primates; making it a zoonotic disease.

World War Z

    • Following the outbreak of a mysterious and highly infectious disease, Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane travels the world to identify the origins and a cure to this disease. What quickly becomes apparent to Lane is that this disease transforms those it infects into a zombie-like creature. While this movie may be a bit more intense than the traditional EIS officer deployment, it does show topics of disease transmission, public health policy, and the collaborative efforts on which epidemiologic work is built on. It also highlights the creativity sometimes needed when investigating an outbreak.

Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

    • A docu-series that may be too on the nose to watch during an actual pandemic, Pandemic covers a range of topics such as a potential influenza pandemic, vaccine research, and threats of emerging viruses. Released just before the COVID-19 pandemic, the documentary follows doctors, other healthcare professionals, and anti-vaxxers for their insight into human health and the ecological effects of society.

Erin Brockovich

    • Based on a true story, the movie follows Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) on an investigation into the misconduct of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) that led to the carcinogenic groundwater contamination of Hinkley, CA. The movie depicts the litigious applications of an epidemiologic study. Showing how study data can be used to enact change, this movie captures the real world impact of epidemiology. Understanding the applications and effects of epidemiologic principles is important to know why a study or investigation is necessary.

Hopefully some of these movies or TV shows caught your eye. Even if you are stressing over exams, APEs, theses/capstone, etc. it is important to take some time to yourself and unwind. While these options offer insight into public health practice, there are tons of other options that are just as great. If we missed any, comment your favorite public health movies or shows.

 

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

Nafis is a 2nd Year Epidemiology MPH student. He is from Morrisville, PA and got his B.S in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University in 2018. When not in class you can catch Nafis hiking around Northern Georgia or finding other ways to stay active.

Featured Image by Denise Jans on Unsplash


Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities, UNC

Category : Alumni

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are seeking candidates for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in our Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP), a multidisciplinary research training program. We will have 2 pre-doctoral and 2 post-doctoral slots available for the grant year beginning on August 1, 2023. The application deadline is Friday, February 3, 2023.

The CCQTP is a NCI-funded T32 training program focused on processes of cancer care delivery, including quality, access, outcomes, financing, health disparities/equity, decision-making, patient-centeredness, and comparative and cost-effectiveness of oncology services.  Information about the program is available at:https://outcomes.unc.edu/ccqtp/overview/

Program activities and support include specialized curriculum, travel funds, and mentoring, in addition to a research stipend, tuition coverage and health insurance.  A list of faculty mentors is provided on the website. The application deadline is Friday, February 3, 2023.

 

  • Link to post-doctoral application and guidelines:

Upcoming Events

  • Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar February 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm RRR-RL20 Event Type: Seminar SeriesSeries: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics SeminarSpeaker: Emma Zhang, PhDContact Name: Porchia Coleman-ArnoldContact Email: Porchia.Arnold@emory.eduDepartment of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar Series, Guest Speaker Emma Zhang, PhD.
  • EPI x HPM Mixer: Jeopardy Night February 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm RRR_RL20 Event Type: Student EventEvent exclusive for students in the EPI and HPM department. Pizza and soda will be provided. Students from the two departments will go head to head to win at the game of Jeopardy.
  • ABPHS Undergraduate Public Health Pipeline Panel/Mixer February 13, 2023 at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 8th Floor R Randall Rollins Event Type: Networking,Student Event,Career EventSpeaker: Varied Panelist; Students and Faculty at RollinsEvent to expose Black/African American undergraduate students to various paths within public health. Black/African American students and faculty at Rollins are encouraged to attend for networking and fellowship.

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