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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

Applications Open, RSPH Student Ambassadors

The Ambassadors program is a student-led, volunteer group of current Rollins students that works with the Office of Admissions to answer questions for prospective and admitted students about all things Rollins!

Ambassadors help to lead campus tours, sit on panels about the academic and social experience at Rollins, write blog posts about aspects of campus, public health, and Atlanta life, and more. For more information and to apply, please click here.

REAL Positions Available, Palliative Care Division, Emory School of Medicine

The palliative care division of the School of Medicine are seeking research assistants for a number of studies in progress with a range of designs, disease types, and student roles.

Research assistants in the palliative care division gain hands-on experience on clinical trials, observational studies and qualitative research projects. The palliative care team’s research areas of focus include 1) identifying the needs of people living with serious illness and their family members, 2) comparing systems-based interventions for delivering palliative care, and 3) exploring how social determinants of health affect choices and outcomes in serious illness and end of life. Research assistants work with faculty and staff on a range of tasks, including screening patient charts to identify potential study participants, recruitment and data collection, in-depth interviews, and data coding and analysis. 

Human research experience is welcome but not required. Strong organization and communication skills are essential. Students may have opportunities to present or publish work regionally or nationally. 

For more information and to apply, please click here

PhD Application Bootcamp 2023

Category : News/Events

Hosted by the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health and Environmental Sciences PhD program.

Applying to graduate school can be equal parts exciting and stressful. Our goal with a PhD application bootcamp is to take some of the mystery and anxiety out of the process, so that students can focus on developing their strongest graduate application.

The PhD Application Bootcamp is designed to help students complete each part of the application process, starting with deciding which PhD program is right for them, assisting with development of their personal statement and resume, as well as fine-tuning their interview skills. Students will also explore the expectations of a PhD and consider the diversity of career options for PhD graduates.

Session I: Is a PhD right for me? When: September 20; 6:00p Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Session II: Navigating a PhD When: October 12; 6:00p Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Session III: Writing your personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation
When: October 26, 6:00p Where: In-Person (TBD)

Session IV: Broadening the career path in PhD training
When: November 16; 6:00p
Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Session V: Next steps, whether you received an interview, or not When: January 10; 6:00p
Where: Virtual (Zoom) *Opportunity to schedule a mock interview with Dr. Caudle

Session VI: Deciding on a program When: March 13; 6:00p
Where: Virtual (Zoom)

To register for the workshop, please email Dr. Mike Caudle (wcaudle@emory .edu)

Maternal and Child Health Policy Workshop

Category : News/Events

September 22nd, 2023 10:30am – 5:00pm

Presented by HMHBGA and Georgia Watch

Georgia Watch and HMHBGA are partnering to provide this all day workshop to students with an academic focus on maternal and child health in Georgia. We hope to empower students to be more engaged with policy solutions to solve the ongoing maternal mortality crisis in the state. We aim to bring students from different backgrounds together with community organizations and policy experts to address maternal and child health disparities.

This event is informed by Georgia Watch’s Civic Advocacy Training and HMHBGA Maternal and Infant health expertise. We are thrilled to partner with Morehouse School of Medicine – Center for Maternal Health Equity and Emory Rollins School of Public Health – Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence to bring this to students in our state.

For more information — including a detailed itinerary — and to register, please click here.

Applications Open, Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate

The Center for Humanitarian Emergencies would like to remind you that the deadline for applications to the CHE Certificate Program is fast approaching! Applications are due September 22nd at 5PM. 

The certificate combines the teaching and research strength of Emory University with the applied technical skills of the CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch. The Certificate Program is available to qualified Rollins students and to other Emory graduate schools on a case-by-case basis.

Ideal candidates for this graduate certificate are students who:

  • Want to work overseas in emergency and post emergency settings as their career
  • Have international development and/or relevant field experience in resource poor settings
  • Are committed to building practical field epidemiological skills for resource poor settings

We welcome first-year students from all RSPH departments with an interest in humanitarian emergencies to apply. Attached you will find the application along with more information below. We look forward to reading your application!

Additional resources:

To apply, please email the application as a word document (NOT pdf) to  ERCT [at] cdc [dot] gov with the subject line: 2023 CHE Certificate Application.

Upcoming Events

  • The Future of Data, Biotech, and Algorithms and their Power to Influence Public Health October 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom Online Location: ZoomSpeaker: Dr. David Bray, Dr. Megan Palmer, and Natalie BarrettContact Name: Michelle JamesContact Email: mjames4@emory.eduLink: three experts for an interactive discussion on how public health can go beyond the "status quo" to embrace community-centered approaches to data, biotech, and algorithms, to address future outbreaks, chronic disease, and even climate change.
  • Staff-focused State of the School hosted by Staff Council October 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Conference / Symposium Event Type: Conference / SymposiumSpeaker: Dean Fallin, Kim Maune, and Joanne McGriffContact Name: Staff CouncilContact Email: rsphstaffcouncil@emory.eduRoom Location: CNR PLAZA - Rollins AuditoriumJoin us for our inaugural Staff-focused State of the School hosted by Staff Council in CNR Rollins Auditorium. Gain insights from leadership on our institution's current status, future direction, and upcoming endeavors. Be…
  • REHAC Clothing Swap October 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Special Event and Student Event Event Type: Special Event,Student EventContact Name: Clare McCarthyContact Email: ccmcca2@emory.eduRoom Location: RRR_R200Link: and join us for a sustainable clothing swap! We'll be collecting clean and gently used professional wear throughout RSPH in advance and hosting a open closet for people to "shop".

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