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Epidemiologist III, Texas DSHS in Austin

Category : Alumni

Epidemiologist III (Posting number 441112) – Epidemiologist III performs highly advanced (senior-level) research and epidemiological work in the area of maternal and child health (MCH). Work includes taking a lead role in the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI), which complements the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, for the MCH Epidemiology Unit. Requires building data systems and expanding the state MCH data capacity to support Title V program efforts and contribute to data driven program efforts throughout the state. Develops, plans, designs, and implements research activities, studies, evaluation, and assessment based on standard scientific methods or new innovative theoretical approaches. Projects will be focused on public health issues/conditions relevant to maternal and child health. Provides research consultation and technical assistance to MCH program areas on epidemiological methods, research/surveillance design and program evaluation/assessment of public health practices. Preparation of articles, papers, and reports for publication and in-house distribution; support program management and other DSHS activities including the use of standard graphic applications, in particular Tableau, and scientific GIS mapping. Participates in cross-functional training within the MCH Epidemiology Unit. Work is performed under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Participates as a member of the unit’s Technical Team and reports to the MCH Epidemiology Director. Click here to apply!

2020 Student Research Poster Session, Applied Public Health Statistics Section

Eligibility: Master’s, Doctoral, and first-year Post-Doctoral students are
invited to apply.

To Enter: Applicants must submit an online paper abstract to APHS by
February 19, 2020.

For more information:

Internship, Roche

We are looking for an intern to join an exciting, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of scientists at Roche for an internship project in summer 2020. The focus of this project is to leverage advanced analytics/machine learning techniques to quantify and predict economic burden associated with cancer treatment, to inform Roche’s value-based healthcare initiative.

Job description:

o Responsible for co-planning and executing the proposed project, leveraging healthcare claims data

o Perform high quality, timely and accurate analyses using most relevant state-of- the-art methodologies

o Identify additional research hypotheses and product opportunities based on study findings

o Communicate and present analysis results, adhering to industry standards


o Currently enrolled as a Master or PhD student with a background in epidemiology, economics, health service research, statistics/biostatistics or related disciplines (those graduating in 2020 will also be eligible)

o Hands-on research experience involving study design, statistical analysis and machine learning techniques in the context of healthcare. Experience in using claims data is a plus

o Working knowledge of the healthcare system and oncology care

o Proficiency with R or Python

o Excellent communication and presentation skills

o Able to work independently but also comfortable in a collaborative environment

Ideal start & end dates:

o The starting date of this internship is upon availability and it will ideally run for 6 months (length can be adjusted based on the candidate’s academic schedule).


Baiyu Yang, Senior Quantitative Scientist, Roche Diagnostics

baiyu [dot] yang [at] roche [dot] com

Epidemiologist III, Texas DSHS in Austin

Category : Alumni

Epidemiologist III (Posting number 441106) – Epidemiologist III performs highly advanced research and epidemiological work in the area of Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Work includes taking a major role in the Title V and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity review process for the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit (MCH Epi). Work involves designing and implementing complex surveillance/research studies following new or standardized scientific polices/protocols, coordinating studies, collecting, analyzing and evaluating data, and communicating results. Collaborates with MCH program areas to identify performance measures for internal quality monitoring and report writing and to ensure available program data meets these measures. Propose, design, and conduct epidemiologic studies using program data to identify the effectiveness and impact of program activities and evaluate the effectiveness of allocated resources. Assist MCH program areas to improve data systems and increase their understanding and utilization of program data. Identify opportunities to integrate the use of geographic information into program data collection and analysis. Support data quality and improvement efforts throughout the section. Identify opportunities for the use and distribution of program data to internal and external stakeholders. Develops and directs grant-funded projects, generates scientific publications, public health reports and presentations of completed work to agency/program management, and, when appropriate, presents at scientific conferences. Work is performed under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Reports to the Surveillance and Data Analytics Manager. Click here to apply

APE Portal Info Sessions, 1/14 & 1/15

Category : News/Events

Come learn about the APE requirement for all degree-seeking MPH/MSPH students. Please RSVP in Handshake!

Intern, CSTE

Organization Description: For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at

Position Description: Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Governance, Strategy & Support the intern will be responsible for supporting a variety of CSTE’s Epidemiology Program & Workforce activities.

With CSTE’s Workforce Development team the internship will support projects which may include the Epi Methods subcommittee, the Early Career Professional’s mentorship program, CSTE’s launch of a mid-level epidemiology leadership program and other trainings (in-person and virtual) which are intended to build epi capacity for CSTE’s membership and epidemiologists at state and local health departments.

Other areas of work may include infectious diseases, surveillance and informatics, and/or non-infectious diseases and developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems

Other activities may include participating in conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings, communicating with CSTE members and staff, literature reviews, data analysis, report writing, administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: Internship projects are not thesis eligible.


Specific duties may include:

Supporting CSTE training activities (virtual and in-person)
Assist with developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems
Supporting the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program, including assisting with recruiting and fellow and host site application process
Participating in and scheduling conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Employment Requirements:

Current graduate student in public health or a related field
Knowledgeable with Excel and Outlook
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills
Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Must be able to work in Atlanta, GA.
Education/Experience: Current graduate student in public health or a related field

Closing Date: 1/17/2020

Expected Start Date: February 2020

Contact E-Mail: hr [at] cste [dot] org (NO Phone Calls Please – phone messages will not be returned)

Web Address:

How to Apply: Submit CV/resume AND cover letter to The cover letter must address interest in the activities described above and should highlight any relevant skills, coursework and expertise you have. All additional communication should be sent to hr [at] cste [dot] org. Please include {Job Title} in the subject line. Communication sent to other email addresses may not be reviewed.

Click HERE to apply.

2020 Experiential Internship (Graduate) – Health Economics & Outcomes Research

The AbbVie Experiential Internship Program

As an AbbVie Experiential Intern, you’ll participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust projects throughout the summer. As an intern, you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago, with housing and shuttle services for eligible students. Throughout the summer, there are planned development and networking activities for the interns.

The purpose of the internship is to provide meaningful, professional hands-on experience to students with proven academic performance and leadership potential. AbbVie hires students into this internship program based on business need. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem-solving abilities.

Department Overview – Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)

AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) division generates innovative, high-impact evidence to help define the unmet need and value of innovative therapies to relevant stakeholders. HEOR strives to:

Inform strategic decisions and help ensure that patients can access and benefit from appropriate therapies

Develop and guide pricing & reimbursement strategies based on evaluation of public health policy & reimbursement environment and scientific collection & analysis of clinical, economic and patient-reported outcomes data

Leverage innovative research approaches and partnerships to maximize the use of real-world evidence (RWE) and patient-centric outcomes research for informing internal and external decisions that positively impact patient lives.

Assignment Details

Intern assignments may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, patient-reported outcomes studies, retrospective claims database analyses, prospective observational studies, and economic model development. Intern may work in one or more disease states within the areas of Immunology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Virology, Endocrinology and Women’s Health to support efforts for on-market or pipeline assets. Tasks may include conceptualizing research plans, protocol development, managing vendors, and writing/ presenting results. Interns may develop analysis plans and conduct analyses of internal databases and/or clinical trial data. Interns may assist in creation of scientific materials like slide decks, white papers, abstracts or manuscripts for disseminating research findings to internal/external audience. Intern will be responsible for attending team meetings, department meetings, and cross-functional team meetings to gain a better understanding of the role of HEOR within the biopharmaceutical industries and at AbbVie.

Must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program (Master’s or PhD) at an accredited university, preferably in the fields of pharmacy, medicine, health services research, health economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, data analytics, economics and psychology and related disciplines in life sciences

Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0

Completed at least one year of graduate level studies prior to internship experience

Must be enrolled in an accredited program for at least one additional semester following your internship

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship (students on an F1 visa with CPT can be accommodated).


Doctoral Candidate with prior research experience in healthcare

Relevant advanced course work in areas such as pharmaceutical economics, health policy, epidemiology, psychometrics, research methods or statistics.

Exceptionally demonstrated interpersonal skills

Proven leadership skills

Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Adept in data analysis using statistical package (e.g. SAS) and advanced analytical approaches

Prior experience in conducting literature reviews

To apply, click HERE.

Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, CSTE

Category : Alumni


Fellowship applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:
Hold a recent MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or an equivalent degree or advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree)
Recent Graduate: qualifying degree received within the last five (5) years OR
Current Student: completing their final year of their academic program and graduating within the current academic school year (i.e. The 2016-2017 application cycle is open to December 2016 through August 2017 graduates).
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.
At least four graduate-level epidemiology courses (completed and/or in progress) and one graduate-level biostatistics course
Demonstrated analytical skills
Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
United States citizenship
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.

Application Components

The application includes the following components:
Identifying information
Professional experience
Program areas of interest
Geographical preferences or needs
Resume or CV
Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
Three letters of recommendation
Personal statement
Proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or US passport)

Applicant Selection

All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be formally evaluated by a review committee. The review committee includes representatives from CDC staff, ASPPH affiliates, and persons with past or current experience working as an epidemiologist in a state or local health department. Evaluation criteria for applications include:
Academic achievement
Work/research experience
Writing skills
Career goals
Letters of recommendation
After this review process, top applicants will be selected for in-person interviews. Applicants selected to move forward after interviews will participate in a matching process with host sites which determines final placement.

Available Positions

Applicants apply through CSTE to become selected to participate in the fellowship program and not directly to the host site. Applicants that are selected to move forward to the last stage of fellow selection will complete a host site matching process.

Each year, CSTE receives new applications from host sites. Available positions for the upcoming cohort will be posted between November and December on the Host Site Billets page. Each billet includes information about the host site as well a summary of potential projects and activities the fellow will be involved with during the two-year program. Each host agency must also identify a particular program area in which the fellow will work.

Program areas include:

Birth Defects and NAS
Chronic Disease
Environmental Health
General Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease – Food Safety
Infectious Disease – HAI
Infectious Disease – Quarantine
Injury – Drug Overdose
Maternal and Child health
Occupational Health
Oral Health
Substance Use/Mental Health

Frontiers in Stem Cells in Cancer, 2/23-29

FriSC2 is annual advanced training course that trains 16 promising trainees from predominantly under-represented communities in sophisticated technologies for clinically relevant discoveries in cancer. The purpose of the training course if to provide comprehensive training in research strategies and state-of-the-art methods on cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches for advancing cancer research. It is a dynamic course that offers a series of daily lectures on merging concepts, followed by discussions and laboratory research over a week period. Our intention of to give trainees the knowledge of ‘hands-on’ laboratory techniques, career mentoring, and the ethical-legal-societal impact of cancer and stem cell research to greatly enhance their careers in this field. FriSC2 has been created for promising graduate students, post-docs, physician-scientists and other scientists.

Please download the applications for the courses by clicking HERE or email at pdc [at] pdc [dot] magee [dot] edu with any questions. Course tuition will be waived for all applicants and financial aid is available for travel and room and board.

Students Who Rocked Public Health 2019

Category : News/Events

Check out the list of Students Who Rocked Public Health 2019 by clicking HERE. Included in the list is our very own, Christina Chandra! Be sure to read about her work interviewing HIV providers on mental health services integration in Thailand.

Upcoming Events

  • The Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) July 15, 2024 – July 31, 2024 Conference / Symposium Event Type: Conference / SymposiumSeries: The Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID)Speaker: Leaders in the FieldContact Name: Pia ValerianoContact Email: pvaleri@emory.eduLink: Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) is designed to introduce infectious disease researchers to modern methods of statistical analysis and mathematical modeling.
  • Functional Biomarkers for Early Detection and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy August 5, 2024 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Zoom Online Location: ZoomSeries: EGDRC Seminar SeriesSpeaker: Dr. Machelle PardueContact Name: Wendy GillContact Email: wggill@emory.eduLink: Pardue’s lab is focused on clinically relevant treatments for retinal disease that can make a difference in the quality of life of patients. She is developing novel screening and treatment strategies for early-stage diabetic retinopathy and elucidating the retinoscleral mechanisms…
  • The Second Annual RSPH Staff and Post-Doctoral Ice Cream Social August 14, 2024 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Networking and Special Event Event Type: Networking,Special EventContact Name: Staff CouncilContact Email: rsphstaffcouncil@emory.eduRoom Location: RRR_Terrace 2nd FloorRSPH staff and post-docs are invited to join us for ice cream and delightful conversation. This event is hosted by the RSPH Staff Council.

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