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Chair’s Chat 10/2, Please RSVP

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

Join the Epidemiology Department for pizza and a conversation with peers and Dr. Timothy Lash and Dr. Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist on 10/2 at 12 pm. Please RSVP whether you plan to attend or not by clicking HERE.

BRFSS and Data Manager position, due 9/20

Category : Alumni

The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CCDPC) is responsible for directing the data team through a dynamic portfolio of projects which facilitate healthy lifestyles for Marylanders, with a focus on diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention, including data management and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) program. This position will report to the CCDPC Deputy Director and be responsible for overseeing and coordinating operations of the data collection and management for all CCDPC activities. This position will manage all aspects of the Maryland BRFSS program, including the program budget and at least one federal grant supporting the program, as well as other surveillance projects (e.g. MENDS).

The BRFSS is a statewide telephone survey that collects data from Maryland adults, regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions and use of preventive health services. This position will evaluate efficiency within data collection and management operations. Based on such evaluations, this position will make recommendations of data use to the department, as well as make recommendations for new policies, standards and workflow procedures. Finally, this position will not only provide timely data to internal and external partners, but will also assist partners in understanding and effectively utilizing surveillance data, in order to successfully share such data with public health programs, policies and decisions.

This position will work collaboratively with other Center staff members to inform programs related to chronic disease (e.g. heart disease, diabetes) and associated risk factors (e.g. poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity). This position will be located at the Maryland Department of Health’s CCDPC division.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Six years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. Two years of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees; overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit; applying rules and regulations; or, exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted, at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures, and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations, or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking Commissioned Officer, on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Candidates must have one year of experience using SAS software and managing large data sets.


Experience managing and evaluating data

Experience supervising data users

Experience making recommendations of data use when setting new policies, standards and workflow procedures 

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the Georgia population. The agency is seeking a candidate for the position of Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison within the Epidemiology Section, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit (MCH EPI). MCH EPI is seeking an epidemiologist to assist with identifying infants with birth defects, longitudinal tracking of infants with congenital syphilis and Zika exposure, and the subsequent medical record request process. MCH EPI carries out a number of activities related to case ascertainment, case confirmation, and data quality assurance of birth defects in Georgia infants. MCH EPI staff work closely with our 18 health districts, Georgia healthcare facilities, and the CDC’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

MCH EPI houses several teams, including the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) project, perinatal health (maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, family planning), children’s health screening and services, and birth defects and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) surveillance. This opportunity is with the Newborn Surveillance Team in MCH EPI. The Newborn Surveillance Team conducts surveillance for reportable birth defects, NAS, and longitudinal follow-up of congenital Zika and congenital syphilis exposure by monitoring the volume of case reports, confirming reported cases, and ensuring affected infants and families are referred to early intervention services. In this position, the Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will gain experience in field epidemiology under the guidance and support of the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead, the Congenital Infections Registry Coordinator (CIRC), and the Infant Surveillance Epidemiologist. To aid in monthly reporting of birth defects data and quarterly reporting of congenital Zika and congenital syphilis data, the Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will perform medical record retrieval, tracking, and data entry using the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS). Travel to facilities to obtain medical records may be necessary. An ideal candidate must be attentive to detail and comfortable working with external stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

 Ensure the status of each suspected birth defects case is kept up-to-date in the tracking form in the Georgia Birth Defects Registry, housed in SendSS

 Assist the CIRC Epidemiologist in obtaining medical records and completed CDC forms from providers

 Identify suspect birth defects cases using the Georgia Birth Defects Registry in SendSS

 Case confirmation:

Request records from relevant facilities (e.g., birth hospitals and individual providers)

Ensure timely receipt of records for case reporting schedule o Assist the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead and Infant Surveillance Epidemiologist in reviewing records to confirm diagnoses of interest per CDC case definition

Assist the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead and Infant Surveillance Epidemiologist in determining which cases are reportable for general birth defects o Adapt to changing case guidance as appropriate

 Perform data entry for ongoing reporting and evaluation

 Assist the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead with ongoing data quality assurance

 Assist with other projects (e.g., preparing conference abstracts and presentations) as needed Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison Job Posting 9/9/2019 The Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will report to the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university OR two years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, preference will be given to applicants who possess the following:

 Pursuing Master of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology

 Experience working in state or local public health departments

 Comfort with Microsoft Excel and SAS or other statistical software

If interested, please contact Jerusha Barton with your resume at jerusha [dot] barton [at] dph [dot] ga [dot] gov.

Call for Proposals: Duke Quantitative Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS (2020)

We will be offering twelve fully funded summer internships for quantitative graduate students to do research on HIV/AIDS projects and are currently soliciting research proposals for the 2020 program. The research proposal should involve data analysis, visualization, machine learning, computer simulation, mathematical modeling, software development or device engineering, and may optionally include opportunities for fieldwork or handson bench work in the lab. All interns will be co-mentored by the HIV/AIDS researcher (or designated lab member) and a quantitative researcher (e.g., a biostatistician or biomedical engineer). We will provide a suitable quantitative mentor for all funded projects, but you may also recommend one (e.g. a statistician or computational biologist that you are already collaborating with). The objective of the internship is to introduce quantitative graduate students to HIV/AIDS research and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations.
Examples of proposals submitted for the 2019 program can be found at :

The summer internships will cover
• 10 weeks of full-time paid work with option to extend if progress is satisfactory (subject to available funds)
• Up to $2,800 per intern for laboratory or other research expenses
• Travel/accommodation to present a poster or give an oral presentation at a national conference (all interns)
• Travel/accommodation to present a poster or give an oral presentation at an international conference (limited) Expectations of laboratory mentors (either PI or designated group member)
• Collaborate with the quantitative mentor over the internship period
• Prepare expectations, objectives and a structured research plan for the intern
• Ensure that any resources necessary are available at the start of the internship (e.g. data sets)
• Meet regularly with intern to provide guidance (at least once a week)
The research proposal should be between ½ – 1 page in length, and include the following:
• Title of project
• PI (and designated mentor if different from PI) contact details
• Summary of research project and why the research matters
• Objectives of internship and milestones
• Scope of work
Please keep in mind that prospective interns respond best to proposals where the objective and scope are clearly defined. If you know of specific skills or experience that the intern will need, please indicate in the scope of work section.
Please submit your research proposal (multiple proposals are welcome) to (Kelly Sune) kelly [dot] sune [at] duke [dot] edu by 5 pm Monday Sep 30, 2019. If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Cliburn Chan (cliburn [dot] chan [at] duke [dot] edu).

TEPHINET, Hilton Fellow, The Task Force for Global Health

The Task Force for Global Health is offering a fellowship opportunity to a Hilton Prize Coalition (HPC) Fellow starting in September 2019 for a minimum of three months part-time.

The HPC Fellow will have an opportunity to:

• Work as part of an ongoing Task Force program

• Become acquainted with TEPHINET’s operations and strategic work areas

• Interact with technical experts in field epidemiology and learning, and public health leaders

• Become familiar with working with coalitions and collaborative concepts

• Assist in advancing a new priority work area for the program

• Otherwise contribute to strengthen technical capacity at TEPHINET


The Task Force for Global Health is an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA. Its programs focus on building robust public health systems that serve all people. Program areas include neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, and health systems strengthening. The Task Force for Global Health was recognized for its extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering with the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest award of its kind. The Task Force is ranked among the largest nonprofits in the United States due to in-kind contributions of medicines and vaccines from major pharmaceutical companies valued at billions of dollars annually.


Training Programs in Epidemiology & Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is a global network of field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) founded in June 1997 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Foundation Merieux. With a secretariat based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, TEPHINET is the only global network of field epidemiology training programs, spanning multiple regional networks, sub-regional programs, and national programs around the world. Overall, TEPHINET comprises 71 programs in more than 100 countries. Currently, there are more than 12,000 FETP graduates around the world. For more information, visit TEPHINET’s website:


The HPC Fellow will support TEPHINET in creating and implementing a continuous learning strategy as it relates to their mission goals. TEPHINET’s vision for the learning strategy is to:

1. Create a robust and sustainable learning platform able to host educational resources and training materials relevant to the global FETP community 2. Strengthen TEPHINET’s learning support, coordination, and interaction role to amplify the effectiveness of field epidemiologists within the network 3. Generate both internal and external (e.g., academic and research institutions) opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange


The HPC Fellow will focus primarily on supporting technical aspects of TEPHINET as it pertains to two of its strategic work areas: continuous learning and knowledge exchange. These include:

• Convening meetings of technical experts to discuss current learning gaps and emergent needs and compiling inputs for inclusion into a draft strategy document

• Performing targeted collaborative strategic activities with knowledge exchange and learning teams

The fellow will primarily be supporting TEPHINET learning activities, such as, but not limited to:

• FETP Learning Advisory Council coordination and development activities

• Learning Strategy creation and validation

• Other priority learning activities that result from the above two tasks

This position will focus primarily on supporting continued implementation of Objectives 1 and 2, and to a lesser degree Objectives 3 and 4, from the TEPHINET Learning Strategy Development and Implementation initiative:

• Objective 1: Formalize the creation of a network-wide learning advisory board

▪ Update working agenda and coordinate activities

▪ Identification of a larger network of learning focal points from key stakeholder groups, for support to this board and initiative, as needed

• Objective 2: TEPHINET Learning Strategy is finalized and validated by the learning advisory board (FLAC), FETP Program Directors, and other key stakeholders Activities:

▪ Begin organizing components of draft strategy from meeting inputs and outputs

• Liaison with a strategy development SME contractor to have a first draft of the strategy ready for presentation to the Program Directors in late October 2019

▪ Coordinate formation and convening of functional sub-working groups as identified, whose aim is to develop criteria and action plans for key components of the strategy and its implementation

• Objective 3: By 31 August 2020, select new Learning Management System (LMS) for the TEPHINET Secretariat to manage and share with the global network.

▪ Assist with planning of Sub-Objective 3.1 tasks – Conduct Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology (needs assessment for business processes and technology requirements)

• Objective 4: Starting in May 2020 through 31 August 2020, begin dissemination and implementation of TEPHINET Continuous Learning Strategy (TEPHINET will be concurrently working on some priority activities while developing the strategy.)

▪ As identified by the FLAC, assist in coordination and drafting of action plans for key activities such as: (continued) development, use and maintenance of technology platforms and tools; creation of collaboration and knowledge sharing tools/spaces for FETP curriculum standardization, FETP curriculum/course customization and innovations; review of existing learning materials and resources; identification and incorporation of new learning materials for programs and graduates (continuing education, etc), harmonizing between levels (national, regional, global); and others as determined by the strategy


• Participates fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health and TEPHINET by contributing, assisting and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by management.

• Complete a Disaster Ready training administered by Hilton.

The fellowship will provide compensation to the fellow in the form of a $5,000 stipend paid on a bi-weekly basis.


Fellowship applicants should meet the following qualifications:

• Be enrolled in a master’s degree program in public health with a focus in epidemiology, global health, or a learning-focused degree or concentration OR have demonstrable experience (2-5 years or 5+ years) with learning related initiatives, ideally learning activity cycle beginning to end (design to evaluation) and/or strategy development and action planning

• Experience with development/management of virtual collaboration technology tools

• Be familiar with data management, survey development and basic data analysis

• Have an interest in strengthening public health capacity


• A cover letter stating the applicant’s area of interest in public health that includes an overview or summary of related projects, experiences, or publications produced by the applicant (maximum one page)

To apply, click HERE.

Early Career Professionals, CSTE

Category : Alumni

CSTE is currently accepting applications for interested mentors and mentees for this program. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity to build relationships and foster shared learning among applied epidemiologists. The goal is to promote the exploration of career opportunities in state, local, territorial, and tribal agencies. A previous participant described their experience:

“The mentorship program was really valuable. I developed a great connection with my mentor and really felt that this was time well spent. I was able to think about my next career steps and reflect on my values and goals.”

CSTE membership is encouraged but not required to participate. The estimated time requirement for mentors and mentees is up to two hours per month.

Consider serving as a mentor: No previous mentorship experience is required, and it is an ideal opportunity for mid-level epidemiologists. Mentors are required to have at least five years of work experience. Click here to REGISTER for the Prospective Mentor Webinar on Wednesday, September 11, at 1:00 pm EDT. During this webinar, we will answer your questions and learn more about the Mentor’s role in our program.

Early career professionals can participate as mentees: Eligible mentees should be entry-level epidemiologists who have graduated within the last five years or current students.

Previous participants: Those who have previously participated in the program are eligible to apply again. If accepted, you will be matched with a new mentee or mentor; however, please note that there have been only minor changes to the program curriculum. 

Start your application today to participate in the 2019-2020 Mentorship Program. All applications are due by September 25, 2019. Please note that all applicants may not be accepted; space is limited based on the number of mentors that apply.

For specific questions about the Mentorship Program, please email Alyaa Altabbaa at aaltabbaa [at] cste [dot] org.

ORISE Opportunity with CDC’s Division of Emergency Operations

Category : Alumni


An ORISE Fellowship position exists with the Plans Team within the Plans, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation Branch within the Division of Emergency Operations at CDC’s Center for Preparedness Response. The Plans Team is responsible for applying the National Response Framework in the development of all-hazard preparedness and response plans for the agency. As part of the plans development process, the Plans Team develops, writes, coordinates and publishes CDC plans for all public health responses. The Plans Team is looking for an ORISE Fellow who has an interest in training and education in public health emergency response.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the Fellow will support the following activities of the Plans and IMTDP Teams:

Plans Team:

Assist with development of Plans internal processes and SOP development
Assist with development of communication material (e.g., Connects article, marketing, success stories)
Organize and analyzes training data of the National Planners Course and presents results to a variety of key stakeholders

Incident Manager Training & Development Program (IMTDP):

Assist with training and education material development to align future National Planners Course as part of the Responder Education and Leadership Academy
Assist IMTDP education processes and CDC quality training standards
Provides consultation on training evaluation and analysis

Interested candidates should forward resumes to Silvia Trigoso at kje0 [at] cdc [dot] gov by September 13, 2019.

GIS and Data Analysis Specialist

Category : Alumni

PSE Healthy Energy is a non-profit energy science and policy research institute dedicated to supplying evidence based, scientific information and resources on the environmental, public health, and climate dimensions of energy production and use. Our work focuses on oil and gas development (e.g., “fracking” and enhanced oil recovery), power plants, renewable energy, energy storage, and water and air quality. Our positive, dedicated, and high-functioning team is based out of Oakland, CA.

PSE’s mission is to bring scientific transparency and clarity to energy policy discussions and decisionmaking, helping to level the playing field for citizens, NGOs, the media, policymakers, agency staff and elected officials by generating, translating, and disseminating scientific information. No other interdisciplinary collaboration of physicians, scientists, and engineers exists to focus specifically on issues of health and sustainability at the intersection of energy science and policy.

The GIS and Data Analysis Specialist will work with researchers and scientists across all practice areas at PSE. Typical projects may range from demographic analyses of populations living near fossil fuel infrastructure to managing large environmental and health datasets. The role will require being flexible, working with multiple team members, and responding quickly to changing research needs. Specific initial projects will likely include integrating and cleaning large datasets of air pollutant measurements and effluent and groundwater quality data. The ideal candidate will have deep expertise in performing spatial analysis using GIS, operating database management systems, and conducting statistical analyses. The candidate should be self-motivated, willing to adapt to working on multiple projects, ready to bring new ideas to the table, and excited to work in an environment at the science-policy interface where there is always more to learn and there is always a new frame to put on a problem.

Spatial analysis: perform demographic proximity analyses; map environmental, health and energy infrastructure data; create spatial data visualizations for internal and public use; support numerous PSE research initiatives and studies.
Database management and analysis: help clean and manage large health, environment and energy datasets; perform statistical analyses to support research questions; integrate temporal and spatial analyses.

In addition to an ability to meet the above responsibilities, the position will require:

A Master’s degree or an undergraduate degree with demonstrated experience in Geographical Information Systems, computer science, engineering, energy science, atmospheric science, environmental science, public health, or related field. PhD’s are also welcome to apply.
Experience working with and managing large datasets and statistical analyses
Demonstrated research experience with GIS
Experience with Python, R, Stata, SPSS, Tableau, air quality modeling and/or other analytical and data visualization tools strongly desired
Scientific writing skills
A proven record of being able to work both collaboratively and independently
Scientific and moral integrity
A sense of humor

Onsite in Oakland, CA preferred; Telecommute considered for right candidate.

Salary is commensurate with experience. We provide a competitive benefits package including health insurance, retirement benefits, paid vacation and sick leave.

Please send a cover letter and a CV to jobs [at] psehealthyenergy [dot] org by October 1, 2019.

Please put “GIS and Data Specialist” in the subject line.

For more information, click HERE.

Graduate Student Position: Coastal Preservation Graduate Student Researcher; Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation seeks to hire a graduate student to compile a substantive report about the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is one of our country’s most important conservation program which has maintained broad bipartisan support over its 50-year history of successful, locally-driven conservation. While the LWCF was reauthorized in March 2019, it now needs permanent funding. This report will help educate the public and elected officials about the importance of permanently funding the LWCF.

The job is a contract position that will work under the direction of the Surfrider’s Environmental Director and Coastal Preservation Manager.

Position Responsibilities:

Provide research and writing support for Surfrider’s national report on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Analyze LWCF benefits state by state detailing how the program has established and protected many coastal playgrounds, including parks, surf breaks, and other coastal resources. Synthesize how LWCF program currently improves coastal resiliency. Illustrate the importance of fully funding the LWCF because, as the climate continues to change, more investments will be needed to help protect our coastal communities and resources.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to: Stefanie Sekich-Quinn at ssekich [at] surfrider [dot] org. Please include “LWCF Position” in the email subject line. The application deadline is September 15th2019.

Organization: Surfrider Foundation

Duration: Flexible, with report finished by Dec 5th2019.

Contract Pay: $6,000

Location: Work remotely.

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Internship: Science Intern, Plastics; OCEANA

Oceana is an international organization that focuses solely on oceans and is dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting scientific, fact-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. The Plastics Campaign Science Intern will assist efforts to meet the goals of the campaign. The Intern will chiefly focus on researching science issues around plastic and its effects on marine organisms and humans, cataloguing this research and drafting materials to support the execution of the campaign.

The Intern will work with Oceana staff to help build the scientific basis of the campaign. This work may involve interaction with academic, governmental and non-governmental scientists, researchers, organizers, conservation partners and stakeholders. Other duties include assisting with logistics and supporting other Oceana staff as needed. The Intern will report to the Senior Scientist for the Plastics Campaign and work closely with other staff on the campaign. The Intern will have opportunities to interact with other Oceana staff and learn conservation principles.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Please be aware that your cover letter is viewed as a writing sample and highlight why your experience is a good fit for this position. Please also include the dates you are available.

Organization: OCEANA

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019

To apply, click HERE.

Data Analyst (Epidemiology)

Category : Alumni

Under leadership of the Chief Epidemiologist, the Data Analyst – Epidemiology is responsible for supporting the collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of public health data. The Data Analyst – Epidemiology will be part of a team that is responsible for surveillance, program and policy evaluation, data collection and reporting, analysis, and assisting with identification and adoption of evidence-based policies and practices.

Examples of Duties
Collect, analyze, manage, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
Receive, interpret, and respond to requests for data from Health Department staff and external stakeholders.
Maintain existing datasets and corresponding documentation.
Assist in developing recommendations for data-driven, evidence-based interventions, policies, and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
Assist in evaluation of public health programs.
Prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to agency staff, the public, and partners.
Identify surveillance needs; assist with design, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of public health surveillance systems.
Provide epidemiologic input into epidemiologic studies, public health programs, and community public health planning processes.
Participate in development of community partnerships to support epidemiologic investigations.
Conduct epidemiologic activities within the financial and operational plan of the agency.
Apply ethical principles, laws, and policies in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information including Department policies, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and applicable state and local privacy laws.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, Computer Programming, Public Health, or related field of study; Master’s Degree preferred.

Candidates with a degree in a related field must demonstrate completion of at least 20 credit hours of coursework in epidemiology, statistics, or computer programming.

Two (2) to five (5) years of experience working in the field of data analysis.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be substituted to meet the education and experience requirement of this position.

Supplemental Information
Must be presently authorized to work in the United States on a full time employee.

Valid State of Michigan Driver License required.

Completion of Emergency Preparedness training to include, but not limited to FEMA ISC 100, 200, 700 and 800 and others as required by department staff.

May be required to assist in emergency response.

Candidates considered for placement in this classification will be subject to a FBI Criminal Background Investigation which includes a fingerprint clearance based on the requirements of the position.

Oral Interview: 70%
Evaluation of Training Experience & Personal Qualifications 30%
Total of Oral Interview & Evaluation of TEP= 100% (Maximum)
Domicile Credit: 15 points
Military Service Credit 1 – 15 points

To apply, click HERE.

If you have questions, please contact Lauren Fink at finkl [at] detroitmi [dot] gov