Author Archives: Jena Black

USC: Environmental EPI Post Doc

Category : Alumni

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position as part of a large national research program called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The goal of ECHO is to capitalize on existing study populations to investigate environmental exposures on child health and development, with a particular focus on airways, obesity, neurodevelopment and pre-, peri- and postnatal health.

For more information: click here.


CSPEAR Research Coordinator Position-Apply by 12/4

Category : Alumni

The Seattle ERIC is one of five epidemiologic centers within the national Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Together these centers implement the CSP Epidemiology Analytics Resource (CSPEAR), a national initiative to support decision-making within the VA Office of Research & Development (ORD). CSPEAR provides summary epidemiologic data on Veterans’ disease burden and treatment to help inform VA research priorities and anticipate future health care issues.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) hires high-caliber individuals to advance state-of-the-art epidemiologic research to improve the health and well-being of Veterans. The Center is a supportive environment that encourages collaboration, innovation, and professional growth while conducting high-quality research.

We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Research Coordinator to support CSPEAR and other epidemiologic projects coordinated by the Center. The position provides day-to-day operational, administrative, and scientific support to projects. Duties are under the supervision of the CSPEAR Project Manager.

Key responsibilities include the following: ▪ Provide daily operational/administrative support to meet project objectives; ▪ Assist with the development of project protocols, standard operating procedures, and other documentation; ▪ Schedule and prepare for local and national meetings; ▪ Prepare and present scientific reports and visual presentations to project leadership and investigators; ▪ Build and maintain professional relationships with project staff, investigators, and collaborators across CSP and other VA entities; ▪ Assist with maintaining and updating project databases and websites; and ▪ Other duties as assigned.

Ideal candidates will have the following attributes: ▪ Masters-level degree in a public health or scientific research-related field such as epidemiology; ▪ 1-4 years of experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research; ▪ 1-4 years of experience with research compliance and regulations; ▪ Familiarity with administrative and health record data preferred; ▪ Demonstration of strong organizational and analytic skills; ▪ Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team setting; and ▪ Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required; experience with MS SharePoint, Access, and Publisher preferred.

Candidates must be US citizens. Candidates’ experience and education will be evaluated to determine eligibility at the General Schedule (GS) level 9.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by December 4, 2018 will be considered first.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see For more information about CSP and the VA Office of Research and Development, see the CSP website,

Maryam Haddad: Estimating the Changing Prevalence of Tuberculosis Infection in the United States, 1971–2015

Category : Archive

All are welcome to attend this EPI PHD Dissertation Defense

Estimating the Changing Prevalence of Tuberculosis Infection in the United States, 1971–2015

Maryam B. Haddad, MSN, MPH

Committee: Timothy Lash, DSc (Chair), Kenneth Castro, MD, Neel Gandhi, MD, Andrew Hill, PhD

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 9:00 am

Location: CNR 105


What is a Dissertation Proposal and a Dissertation Defense?

The Confounder posts EPI PHD Dissertation Proposals and Defenses and welcomes EPI MPH and MSPH students to attend these events.

After coursework and qualifying exams, EPI PhD students work on their dissertation.  There are two public presentations related to the dissertation.  The first, the Dissertation Proposal, is when a student is proposing the research they will complete as their dissertation project.  In EPI at Emory, this is an overarching research question or theme typically with three specific questions or aims.  A student’s Committee is there as well as faculty and other PhD students.  Students typically present for 45 minutes and take questions for 15 minutes.

When a student has completed their dissertation work they do a Dissertation Defense.  This is an oral presentation with a similar format to the proposal  except the presentation is of work completed and the findings.

Please don’t be shy about attending any of these events.  These are great opportunities to find out about research in subject area and how epidemiologic methods are applied to public health questions.  If you are interested in seeing the scope of a dissertation, this provides an opportunity to do so!

If you have any questions, please email jena [dot] black [at] emory [dot] edu.

Webinar: J&J Franchise Health Economics & Market Access Fellow

Category : News/Events

Thomas Jefferson University has offered industry-sponsored fellowships in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) through the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) since 1994. Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies, is recruiting for its 2019-2021 Franchise Health Economics & Market Access Fellow. Fellows are selected from a national pool of candidates with scientific and/or clinical training in healthcare (e.g., biomedical engineering, nursing, medicine, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, health policy, pharmacy) and a stated interest in HEOR.

TJU will host a recruitment webinar from 7pm-8pm EST on Thursday, November 1st  for interested candidates to hear from the current fellows about the application process and our experiences over the past two years.   Please register here: . If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Sonia Lee at slee315 [at] its [dot] jnj [dot] com.

Health Data Analyst/EPI II, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council

Category : Alumni

Health Data Analyst_Epidemiologist II

The RMTEC Health Data Analyst will assist with the implementation, data collection, data entry, cleaning, and reporting of data projects at the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Epidemiology Center (RMTEC), with a special emphasis in opioid data.

Closing Date November 2, 2018.

Injury Prevention EPI II, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council

Category : Alumni

Post graduate degree in Public Health plus three years’ experience. Ideally, the candidate would have concentration in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related health field or one to four years’ post-graduate (MPH/MS/MA/MSW) public health work experience. MPH/MS is strongly preferred or in process of graduate course work leading to degree.

Injury Prevention Program_Epidemiologist II

Thanks to an EPI alum who submitted this position.  Applications due 11/2.

ORISE CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program

Category : Alumni

CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program (AD+HAP) is seeking to hire an ORISE Fellow to assist with public health efforts related to older adults, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the epidemiology of chronic conditions, relevant policies, health surveillance, and communication products.  Through this fellowship, applicants will have the opportunity to contribute to research, publications, and development of scientific, policy, and communication products related to older adult health.  Applicants should be recent graduates of Masters or Doctoral programs.  The fellowship is limited to 5 years and fellows are not considered federal employees.

Applications (CV and Letter of Intent) and questions should be sent to Lisa McGuire (aging [at] cdc [dot] gov) with the subject line as Fellowship.

Summer Field Experience Survey

Second year students – this week you should receive an email requesting information about your summer field experience. All students who completed a domestic or international field experience MUST complete this survey! We use your input to improve our programs and services!