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Fellowship on Epidemiology and Data Analysis, CDC Emerging Threats Team

Category : Alumni

Research Project: Under the ORISE Research Participation program, this fellowship will offer the opportunity to train in the Division of Birth Defects and Infant Disorders in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). The ORISE participant will have the opportunity to gain experience in conducting research and surveillance activities, as well as collecting, reviewing, and analyzing epidemiologic and programmatic data. Participant will train on projects that focus on the role of prenatal exposures on pregnancy, fetal, infant, and child outcomes. Prenatal exposures of interest include, but are not limited to: COVID-19, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C, syphilis, Zika virus, and other infectious diseases. Training will occur under the direction of an assigned Advisor/Mentor on the Emerging Threats Epidemiology and Research Team. 

Learning ObjectivesThere are several main learning objectives that this appointment could include:

  1. Gain familiarity with the Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network (SET-NET) which includes mother-baby longitudinally linked surveillance for COVID-19, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C, syphilis, and other infectious diseases;
  2. Gain familiarity for other Zika surveillance and research projects in the U.S. and in Colombia: US Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry, Proyecto Vigilancia de Embarazadas con Zika (VEZ) and Zika en Embarazadas y Ninos (ZEN);
  3. Enhance skills in performing data management and analysis through the collection, review, and analysis of epidemiologic and programmatic data generated by these surveillance systems and studies, and other projects involving epidemiologic and programmatic data from emerging threats surveillance and research and other relevant infectious diseases during pregnancy and effect on infant health;
  4. Develop protocols and standard operating procedures for surveillance and research activities, leveraging existing surveillance and study platforms to capture pregnancy, birth, clinical, and developmental outcomes arising from a range of exposures during pregnancy and participate in data systems and approaches to improve quality and speed of the surveillance system;
  5. Perform literature reviews and, where needed, systematic reviews and meta-analyses to describe existing evidence of the influence of infectious diseases and other in-utero exposures on fetal, infant, and child development;
  6. Engage in CDC emergency response procedures; and
  7. Collaborate and engage other staff from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), other CDC centers, institutes, or offices, other federal organizations, health departments, partners, and international health ministries and organizations.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Van Tong (vct2 [at] cdc [dot] gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.


For more information and to apply, please click here

E-Learning Institute Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

The CDC E-learning Institute (ELI) is designed to cultivate skills of public health training professionals with limited experience designing or developing e-learning products.

Through partnership with the Public Health Foundation, ELI is a six-month online fellowship that offers access to CDC-developed materials and subject matter experts, as well as the opportunity to learn from peers in a positive, experiential environment.

Fellows learn innovative strategies and get the hands-on experience needed to create quality e-learning products.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Strategies for Combatting Health Misinformation – Webinar

Category : News/Events


This is a live webinar scheduled for October 13, 2022 at 12PM CT.

Misinformation has been a risk factor throughout the pandemic, leading to more disease and death from COVID-19. Dr. Katrine Wallace (UIC School of Public Health) is an epidemiologist and social media science communicator who debunks misinformation and false claims about COVID-19 and the vaccines. In this webinar, Dr. Wallace will explain the difference between misinformation vs disinformation, discuss why disinformation is such a widespread public health issue, and identify strategies to combat health misinformation among your own friends/family/workplace.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control Training and Technical Assistance and the Region IV Public Health Training Center.

For more information and to register, click here

The ABC’s of Viral Hepatitis: Update for Public Health Professionals

Category : News/Events


This is a live webinar scheduled for October 18, 2022 at 12PM CT.

This webinar will provide a snapshot of viral hepatitis epidemiology and an overview of the 2021-2025 US National Strategic Plan/Roadmap for Elimination which is highly relevant to the public health community. We will include a discussion about current surveillance data that reveals trends, challenges and opportunities, prevention through vaccination and approaches to treatment.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe key approaches to stopping the spread of viral hepatitis, eliminating it as a public health threat, and saving lives
  2. Discuss key strategies to increase vaccination and improve care and treatment of viral hepatitis
  3. Describe the social determinants of health that contribute to the viral hepatitis epidemic and the unequal burden of viral hepatitis in the United States

Speaker: Barbara DeBaun, MSN, RN, CIC, Improvement Advisor at Cynosure Health

Barbara DeBaun has over 40 years of experience in the field of infection prevention and quality improvement. She is currently an Improvement Advisor with Cynosure Health where she provides vision and leadership in the development, implementation and facilitation of infection prevention and quality improvement initiatives for healthcare organizations. Barbara is a certified Infection Control Practitioner and holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pace University in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University. Barbara served two years as an elected member of APIC Board of Directors. Barbara has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of patient safety and infection control topics and has published over a dozen articles and several book chapters. In 2008, she was selected as Infection Control Today’s Educator of the Year.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control Training and Technical Assistance and the Region IV Public Health Training Center.


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Epidemiologist, CDC

Category : Alumni

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (DDID), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Influenza Division (ID), located in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a Epidemiologist at the GS-12 you will:

  • Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.
  • Analyze study or project implementation procedures for improvement; works with program specialists and/or scientists as appropriate, to develop more viable implementation procedures and coordinates with appropriate staff to make needed changes.
  • Consult on, monitor, and measure the outcome of assigned programs through studies that evaluate the effectiveness of subject activities in meeting the needs of program participants.
  • Participate with scientists and program consultants both in various aspects of the study or survey design process, including: conducts a search or review of the existing literature and data in a scientific area, and prepares and/or presents summaries for a variety of purposes, monitors internal review board clearances, designs questionnaires and other data collection instruments.
  • Use established, modified, newly developed scientific and technical methods and practices, identifies and evaluates a wide range of conventional/unconventional health conditions in a specialty area.

For more information and to apply, please click here

Applications Open, Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA)

Interested in representing Rollins in university-wide governance, serving as a liaison between students and administration, and coordinating fun events for your fellow RSPH students? Consider running for the Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA)! Executive Board Positions and Department Representative Positions are available. Running for an RSGA position will include an election process with a platform submission period, a campaigning period, voting, and potential run-off elections. Please submit your platform using this form, which requires a campaign flyer that may be shared on RSGA channels. RSGA Position Descriptions may be found here, via the RSGA Constitution (NetID/Password Login Required).

All platforms must be submitted by Thursday, October 6 at 5:00PM EDT.

Please make note of these dates as you prepare your submission: 

·         Platform Submission Period: September 27 – October 6

·         Notifications to Confirmed Candidates: October 7

·         Campaigning Period: October 7 – 14

·         Voting Period on the RSGA Hub Portal: October 10 – 14

In the event of a run-off election, the run-off elections would take place October 17 – 19, with final members announced by October 21 at the latest.

RSGA Election Office Hours will be hosted by RSGA Members and Advisors on the following dates and times:

·         Wednesday, September 28 from 12:00 – 1:00PM (In-Person Only): Outside, Under the RSPH Skybridge

·         Monday, October 3 from 12:00 – 1:00PM (Virtual Only):

·         Tuesday, October 4 from 12:00 – 1:00PM (Virtual and In-Person Options): & inside the RSPH Skybridge

Practical Evaluation Skills for Public Health Practitioners – Online Interactive Workshop

Category : News/Events

Training Overview
This workshop is designed for people who are familiar with the value of evaluation and are looking to hone their practical evaluation skills. This course begins with a review of the CDC’s Six-Step Framework for Evaluation, partner engagement, logic models, and types of evaluation. Next, we will cover strategies for designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, including surveys, interviews and focus groups. At the completion of the course, participants should be able contribute constructively to the design and implementation of evaluations for public health programs. Participants are highly encouraged to review these materials before the workshop:

About the Trainer
Dr. Ariela Freedman is a strengths-based Learning and Development Consultant with 20 years of experience in community and academic settings. She is a skilled adult educator and has taught a wide range of learners, including public health practitioners, health care professionals, students, nonprofit workers, and community members. Dr. Freedman began her career as a high school English, Drama, and Debate teacher in Chicago. She later directed health programming at Head Start in Minneapolis, worked as an ORISE fellow at CDC, then as an Assistant Research Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. At Emory, Dr. Freedman taught classes and served as an evaluator to the Emory University Medical School and the Emory Public Health Training Center.

For more information and to register, click here.

Case Writers Needed, 2023 Global Health Case Competition

Emory Global Health Institute’s Case Competitions give students from across the university—and the globe—the opportunity to work together on innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to crucial, real-world global health problems. EGHI hosts two such events: the Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition, open only to Emory students, and the Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition, which includes students from schools around the world.

Join a case writing team (3-5 students) and work with an Emory faculty advisor to create cases for the 2023 competitions!

Students enrolled in any Emory school or Georgia Tech are eligible to apply.

Applications open from November 7 to December 7, 2022.

Please reach out to the following contacts for more information:

To apply, please click here

Virtual Documentary Night, Emory Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response

Category : News/Events

Virtual Documentary Night is a monthly online event designed to give people the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a wide range of topics with people from various backgrounds. This Virtual Documentary Night is in collaboration with Emory University’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. They serve as the center for Emory enterprise-wide planning and coordinated response to catastrophic events affecting Emory and the broader community. The office strives to empower our community through a variety of initiatives across preparedness, training, community outreach, education, and more to strengthen disaster resiliency.

We are meeting on October 2 to talk about the documentary, Flint’s Deadly Water. This FRONTLINEdocumentary, drawing from a two-year investigation, uncovers the extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis — and how officials failed to stop it. We will be joined by Abby Ellis (Journalist and Director) and Kayla Ruble (Journalist and Producer) for a special guest Q&A! You can watch the film for free HERE. You will first watch the film on your own prior to our event. For the event we will meet on Zoom, where you participate in multiple rounds of small group discussions with a different discussion prompt and different randomized groups for each round. This gives you the opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives throughout the night. We will end with the Q&A before closing out the night with final words and announcements from Emory University’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. Again, you must watch the film on your own BEFORE the event. You will receive the Zoom link and password once you register for the event.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Civic Engagement Resources and Tips from REDI

Category : PROspective

Written by: Rollins Election Day Initiative (REDI) student representatives 

One reason that many voters, especially young voters, list for not turning out to vote is a feeling like “their vote doesn’t matter.” After all, when races are determined by tens of thousands of votes, why would one vote make a difference? While that may feel like the case in non-swing states and less competitive elections, Georgia is currently in two of the closest and most competitive federal election races nation-wide and has been a major player in federal and state politics for the past several races. The last midterm season, 2018, saw the closest gubernatorial election in Georgia in sixty years and those same two candidates are facing off again this midterm season (Brian Kemp (R), Stacy Abrams (D)). Moreover, we are also hosting the nail-biting senate race against incumbent Raphael Warnock (D) and challenger Herschel Walker (R). There’s a lot going on!

Voting is an integral step in the epidemiology cycle. The incredible evidence that our community contributes to understanding the determinants of health can be actioned by voting for state and local candidates that will fight for policies that we hope will better the health of our community. 

The reality is that it is not easy to vote, especially in Georgia, so REDI is determined to help make the process as easy as possible for our community. If you would like easy access to ballot information as well as information on your polling place or voter registration, swing by one of the Rolins Election Day Initiative (REDI) tables in the next couple of weeks.  Additionally, while voting is definitely the most important way to participate in an election, it is not the only way to be involved in civic engagement. Leading up to November 8th, we will be posting volunteer opportunities on how you can be more involved during this election cycle and during Rollins Day On, so follow us on Instagram at @emory.REDI !

Here are some resources: 

Q) When is the deadline to register to vote in Georgia? 

October 11th! So swing by a REDI voter drive table over the next few weeks to apply for an absentee or register in GA!

Q) I’m already registered to vote in another state, can I register to vote in Georgia?

Yes! While you may not vote in multiple states, you may be registered to vote in multiple states.

Q) I just moved to Georgia for school- am I eligible to vote in Georgia?

Yes!  If you are an in-person student at Emory, even if you have an out-of-state ID, you are eligible to vote in Georgia (you just have to register). 

If you have a Georgia driver’s license or state ID, you can register online:

If you do not have a Georgia ID, you can use to link below to fill out your information online but you must print the completed registration, sign and date the application and deliver it by mail or in person to your local county registrar’s office.

Q) How do I check / update my Georgia voter registration? 

  • Go to and enter your name, birthdate and county 
  •  Make any updates to your info by October 11 
  •  Contact your if you have trouble.

Q) What’s on the ballot this year? 

Enter your address and find out what your specific ballot measures are:

Upcoming Events

  • REHAC Meeting & OSI Sustainability Conversation October 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CNR 1055 Event Type: Guest Lecture,MeetingJoin REHAC for our first event of the year! Come enjoy lunch, meet the REHAC e-board, and hear from folks at the Office of Sustainability Initiatives about sustainability at Emory.
  • RmC SQL Workshop October 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CNR 1051 Event Type: MeetingContact Name: Emelie ColemanContact Email: emelie.coleman@emory.eduJoin the Rollins mHealth Collaborative and Dr. Manyam for a SQL workshop. Dinner will be provided.
  • Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar October 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CNR-1000 Event Type: Seminar SeriesSeries: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics SeminarSpeaker: Carl Yang, PhDContact Name: Porchia Coleman-ArnoldContact Email: Porchia.Arnold@emory.eduAbstract: Graph Mining for Healthcare

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