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CDC Survey Evaluation Fellowship

Category : Alumni

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

An opportunity is currently available with the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

This fellowship offers the opportunity to gain exposure to a high-priority, high-impact project focusing on domestic HIV surveillance. With 23 participating health department jurisdictions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) provides crucial data on clinical and behavioral characteristics from the only nationally representative sample of persons living with HIV. MMP data are used to monitor issues affecting people living with HIV, which include topics such as describing racial disparities in viral load suppression and exploring the prevalence of depression and its effect on adherence to HIV medications. MMP collects data through personal interview and matched medical record abstraction. This fellowship will provide training opportunities related to survey design, survey implementation, and survey evaluation.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will have the opportunity to develop the following abilities:

Writing and reviewing skills to contribute to the development of guidance documents and protocols
Qualitative methods to code and analyze data
Survey design and evaluation techniques to evaluate and improve survey implementation
Presenting and writing skills to disseminate products such as training materials, scientific posters and presentations, or manuscripts
Project management skills and techniques to evaluate survey implementation
Collaboration skills to communicate effectively with external and internal stakeholders
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 6, 2020

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Experience in qualitative coding and analysis
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods
Interviewing and survey administration skills
Experience using qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo
Experience working with people with HIV or other diverse populations

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

DMCHWD Internship

The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) Internship, based in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, is designed to educate, engage, and support future leaders in Maternal and Child Health (MCH).

DMCHWD accepts applications from highly motivated graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other health-related training programs in the United States.

DMCHWD Internship Application Package

Submit your complete application package to Samantha Croffut at SCroffut [at] hrsa [dot] gov.

Statement of Interest – Address the following (500-word max):

• What do you hope to gain from this MCH-focused internship experience, and how does this internship align with your career goals?

• How have your experiences shaped your definition of diversity? What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity? In your opinion, what is the purpose of promoting health equity over health equality?

• Have you been involved with any of DMCHWD’s graduate or undergraduate education programs? If so, please describe your involvement.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Unofficial Transcript (most current)

Statement of Availability

• Include the months and days of the week available, total hours needed (if submitting as a university requirement), and any concurrent responsibilities.

Example: Available June through August, 3-4 days per week, 300 total hours needed, working as a graduate research assistant 10 hours per week.

Epi Town Hall Meeting, 11/20

Category : News/Events

Join your Epi Reps to express departmental questions, ideas, and concerns in a student only discussion.

Recent Publications

Category : News/Events

Check out the updated lists of publications from the Epidemiology Department on the Recent Publications page!

Psychology 770, Neurobiology and Applications of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Spring 2018
Class meetings Fridays, 9:00-11:30 AM, PAIS 494 Hillary Rodman, Ph.D.

Content: Have you ever wondered whether it matters exactly when you test your subjects, or whether their patterns of sleep (and sleep deprivation!) might matter for how they perform in your tasks or respond to your treatments? Alternatively, have you wondered whether (and how) sleep and sleep timing might have implications for specific physiological processes related to wellness, cognition, and development? This is a seminar course which will approach the biological basis of sleep and sleep timing in a multidisciplinary fashion suitable for graduate students in psychology and related disciplines. Data from the primary literature will be considered in light of their potential for application to research, learning, and clinical domains. Material addressed will include ‘typical’ patterns and perturbations of sleep and circadian function, neural and hormonal mechanisms, animal models and evolutionary considerations, cross-cultural findings, connections with mental health and wellness, and sleep as it pertains to issues of awareness and brain mechanisms thereof. Emphases and readings within each of these topics will be determined in reference to the specific interests of students in the course.

Format will be primarily discussion and student presentation of research literature. Some lecture material for background will be provided by the instructor as needed. Students will also have opportunities to keep and reflect on a sleep log, assess their own chronotype, and explore practical approaches to measuring sleep with wearable or portable technology.

Prerequisites: The course does not have formal prerequisites. It does assume that students have:

  • background in psychology and neuroscience at least at the level of an advanced

    undergraduate majoring in one of those areas

  • a willingness to dive into some complex literature and see what can be gleaned from it (note,

    the course does not have assessments that stress memorization)

  • a basic belief that biological mechanisms (including neural, evolutionary, genetic, etc.) can tell

    us something crucial about human behavior and the human condition

  • enthusiasm for sharing ideas and learning from the perspectives of others

Assignments. Course grades will be based on the following four areas, each contributing equally:

  1. Participation in class discussion of readings, ideas, themes, and connections between the

    topics of this course, course members’ research, and other areas of scholarly inquiry.

  2. Several short class presentations (~15 mins) of empirical articles and leading related discussion.

  3. In alternate weeks, short written response papers (1-2 pages single spaced, hardcopy due in class) on the assigned readings, or posting of discussion questions (for the remaining dates). The response papers can include evaluations, reactions, queries, comments on areas of confusion, suggestions for experiments, connections to other topics in which you have expertise, etc.

  4. Several small projects:

    • Sleep log (2+ wks)

    • 1 pg summary of a personal ‘experiment’ with sleep variation or consumer sleep


    • Individualized short bibliography and/or timeline of key studies in the sleep and circadian

      fields that are important specifically to the student’s own research interests

Convos on Tap: Tapsgiving, 11/21

Category : News/Events

Join the Rollins Student Government for Convos on tap on November 21 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Don’t forget your ID, corq app, or reusable cups!

Injury and Violence Prevention Certificate


The Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention is designed to give MPH, PhD, and Candler students a foundation in theoretical and epidemiologic concepts of injury prevention and a platform for which to examine the causes, consequences and prevention strategies used in our society. Combining multidisciplinary coursework, research, practical experience, and access to a vast injury prevention network, this certificate will broaden students’ perspective on complex issues while preparing them to become leaders of injury prevention within their chosen discipline

Data Specialist

Category : Alumni

Position Summary: 
The Data Specialist is responsible for cleaning and maintaining population health datasets, deriving insights from a variety of data sources, and reporting findings to stakeholders to inform overdose prevention initiatives and related Detroit Health Department work. This is a grant-funded position with funding through September 2021.

Essential Functions:
• Identifies and compiles existing administrative, survey, and other data.

• Cleans and maintains datasets, including quality assurance and development of policies and procedures to ensure integrity of data.

• Write efficient code for processing data utilizing tools such as Python or R.

• Designs, develops, and automates production of data visualizations and written reports for internal and external use.

• Works in coordination with a team of epidemiologists and analysts to align analytic efforts across health department focus areas.

Skills Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field such as computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, operations research, engineering, economics, social sciences, physics or chemistry.


• Three (3) years of relevant work experience.


• Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience required sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Job Qualifications: 
• Experience programming in R required, experience in one or more additional programming languages (e.g. SAS, Python, SQL) preferred.

• Skills in data visualization and Geographic Information Systems required.

• Demonstrated expertise in managing large and complex datasets.

• Highly proficient in using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other applicable software programs.

Applicants must be presently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. E.O.E.

Application Deadline: ***Open Until Filled***

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition

Have what takes to solve a real-world global health problem in 7 days? Attend an info session to learn how to apply for this exciting, multidisciplinary learning experience! 1st place team receives $5,000. Applications are open from November 7 to December 2.

Cancer Research Training Internships in Global and US Minority Settings

A research training program funded by the NIH/NCI grant # (R25 CA112383) since 2006 to develop careers of public health students from all schools and program of public health in the U.S. in the field of cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention and control. The CEESP Program provides funding to students to conduct mentored cancer research in global and U.S. minority settings.

The Program provides funding for students to travel and conduct mentored summer research internships in foreign countries and U.S. minority settings. The Program is open to graduate public health students (MPH, MSc, PhD, and Dr.PH) from all schools and programs of public health in the U.S. Over the past 15 years, students have conducted research utilizing the strong infrastructure of the Program in East, West, and North Africa; the Middle East; Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Far East.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.