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Early Childhood Epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health

Category : Alumni

Job Overview

The Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of Family Health and Wellness is hiring an Epidemiologist 2 for the Early Childhood section in Nashville, TN. This position is responsible for professional scientific and epidemiological assessments of considerable difficulty for multiple programs.

Key Responsibilities

Evidence Based Home Visiting

• Serve as the main contact for Evidence Based Home Visiting Program staff and Central Office program staff for questions related to data reporting

• Perform data cleaning and analysis of data submitted by community home visiting program staff and collaborates with staff from other state agencies to obtain linked administrative for federal reporting and state reporting, including the Home Visiting Legislative Report

• Oversee preparation and submission of quarterly and annual reporting to federal partners

• Oversee internal and external program evaluation projects related to Early Childhood Section

• Work with grantees to improve quality of data entry at the local level and run reports as needed throughout the year to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts

• Attend local and national home visiting meetings

• Assist with preparation of fact sheets and reports

• Participate in strategic planning activities

• Fulfill ad-hoc data and/or analysis requests

Care Coordination

• Translate programmatic requirements into the development of appropriate data collection instruments

• Participate in strategic planning activities

• Collaborate with Division Clinical Application Coordinator and Information Technology (IT) in development of program business requirements for data collection system

• Prepare routine reports of program participation and outcomes to internal and external partners

• Fulfill ad-hoc data and/or analysis requests

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

• Maintain online surveillance submission portal

• Ensure complete and accurate data through weekly data cleaning

• Provide technical assistance to portal users, including user management

• Complete weekly, monthly and annual surveillance reports to the Commissioner and other stakeholders.

Supervision Responsibilities

This position supervises two staff persons in the Epidemiologist 1 job class.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctorate degree in epidemiology.


Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctorate degree in medicine (MD), osteopathic medicine (DO), veterinarian medicine (DVM) public health, biostatistics, statistics, health informatics health sciences, biomedical sciences or environmental sciences with experience equivalent to two years’ work experience in epidemiology. Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in public health or an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. OR

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, statistics, or health informatics with experience equivalent to four year’s work experience in epidemiology. Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional studies with an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. OR Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in health science, biomedical science or environmental science with experience equivalent to six year’s work experience in epidemiology. Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional studies with an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

To apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Dr. Kimberly Lamar, Kimberly [dot] lamar [at] tn [dot] gov

Postdoctoral Fellow – Global Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

Category : Alumni

Position Description
The HaSET (“happiness” in Amharic”) Global Maternal and Child Health Research Program at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow. Our program works closely with partners in Ethiopia and Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health to generate evidence to improve maternal and child health programs and policies. In addition, we provide technical capacity building to colleagues in program implementation, data analysis, and use of evidence for policy and action.

Research will be conducted jointly by the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and several Ethiopian institutions. The Postdoctoral Researcher will provide research and implementation leadership in Ethiopia, under the mentorship of Professor Grace Chan, and will work closely with the Boston and Ethiopia teams to oversee study activities. The successful candidate will develop and extend skills in study implementation and supervision, project research design, protocol development, data quality monitoring, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, results dissemination, and will have an opportunity to lead substudies and collaborate on research papers. The successful candidate will also join the HaSET fellowship program, which offers teaching opportunities and partnerships with Ethiopian postdoctoral fellows. The candidate will work closely with the growing Boston and Ethiopia-based research teams comprising program managers, data analysts, field implementers, data system developers, trainees and faculty on the HaSET team.

Basic Qualifications
Doctoral qualification in epidemiology, statistics, public health, or a related field with 2+ years research experience. The ideal candidate will have experience conducting research in global health, particularly in low-and-middle income countries. Desired skills include:
● Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills to ensure high quality data collection, cleaning, and analysis.
● Knowledge of study design, sampling approaches and sample size estimation, descriptive and advanced statistical methods such as longitudinal data analysis, causal inference methods, complex survey analysis etc.
● Experience analyzing prospective cohort and health surveillance system data is desired.
● Experience conducting mixed methods studies and qualitative data collection (e.g. in-depth interviews, focus groups, Delphi methods) is an asset.
● Experience with scoping and systematic literature reviews (and meta-analysis).
● Knowledge of STATA and data management (e.g., web-based electronic data capture system such as REDCAP or ODK).
● Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team with collaborators, stakeholders, and research staff.
● Research experience in global maternal and child health, particularly in East Africa, is an asset.

Additional Qualifications
The position is based in Boston with frequent travel to Ethiopia. Commitment is for one year with the potential for renewal for an additional year.

Special Instructions
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research, and three references.

Contact Information
Jenna Daniel, HaSET Program Coordinator

Contact Email jennadaniel [at] hsph [dot] harvard [dot] edu

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Global Field Experience in Rwanda and Zambia, Info Session 1/17/20

Category : News/Events

A Mass Ebola Vaccination Campaign in Rwanda on the border with the DRC for 10-12 weeks. RZHRG will be vaccinating 200,000 adults and children living on the DRC border and studying vaccine feasability as well as safety in pregnant women. Working with High Risk Women, including Female Sex Workers and Single Mothers, in Zambia for 10- 12 weeks. A number of projects are available including M&E of women enrolled in a phase 2b HIV vaccine trial, LARC promotion, and diagnostic STI and early HIV testing using GeneXpert.

Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship

EGRP has open Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship positions in genomic epidemiology and in project management, evaluation, planning, coordination, and analysis. These fellowship positions offer a rich learning experience that affords successful candidates the opportunity to help coordinate, develop, and administer current and emerging activities related to these three scientific areas.

To learn more about EGRP’s fellowship opportunities – including salary, benefits, and how to apply – click the buttons below or visit EGRP’s job opportunities website. We invite you to share this message with others in your network who may be interested in these opportunities.


CDC Health Communications Fellowship

Category : Alumni

Application Deadline: 1/27/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

An opportunity is currently available with the Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch, in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE), 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.

The mission of the DTBE is to promote health and quality of life by preventing, controlling, and eventually eliminating tuberculosis in the United States.

The research participant will be placed in the Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB) within the DTBE. This project will provide the participant with an educational experience in health communications and social marketing around tuberculosis disease and latent tuberculosis infection.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

  • Contributing to the development of health communication materials, products, and messages
  • Conducting communications research
  • Disseminating health information through a variety of communication channels
  • Participating in the development and implementation of a communications campaign to reach key target audiences with important health messages
  • Supporting community engagement and mobilization activities through social marketing efforts
  • Contributing to drafting and reviewing documents and reports
  • Presenting findings and recommendations at national forums and in peer-reviewed journals
  • Contributing to formative research efforts and communications to eliminate tuberculosis in the United States
  • Participating in message testing efforts around tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection testing and treatment for high risk groups
  • Participating in Branch and Team meetings
  • Maintaining communication with project leaders
    This participant will be engaged with Branch leadership and project staff. Opportunities for networking with subject matter experts will be made available.

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 degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Some experience in social marketing, health education/communication
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Eligibility Requirements
Degree: Master’s Degree received within the last 60 month(s).

To apply, click HERE.

Add your voice to pediatric and perinatal research!

The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) is accepting abstracts for our annual meeting June 15-16, 2020 in Boston, MA.

Diversity and Inclusion matters to SPER, we particularly welcome:

– Abstracts on health equity
– Abstracts on reproductive health, including sexual and gender minority health research
– Research from scholars from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science and epidemiology
– Presenters who have never attended the SPER Annual Meeting
– Students, postdocs and early career investigators

SPER abstracts for oral and poster presentations should relate to pediatric or perinatal health (including reproductive health).

Click here to view submission instructions and abstract categories, or to submit an abstract. You will receive a confirmation email once your abstract has been submitted.
Abstract submissions are due by January 31, 2020, 1PM EST.
See you at the SPER 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston!

Chief Epidemiologist

Category : Alumni

The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.

The agency is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Chief Epidemiologist within the Fulton County District.

Job Responsibilities
Desired Knowledge and Experience

At least 5 years of experience as a manager in public health practice at a state or county health department with an emphasis on applied epidemiology and infection control
Ability to oversee, manage, and supervise the work of epidemiologists conducting health and epidemiologic surveillance.
Knowledge of research methods, procedures, and techniques used in identifying and evaluating disease characteristics
Substantial knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes and practices used in the control of these diseases
Experience in the investigation and response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies
Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures and knowledge of state and Federal laws, statues, and regulations.
Experience in data management including: (1) experience analyzing large syndromic surveillance or other healthcare datasets using SAS or other similar software packages, and (2) presenting these analyses orally and in writing.
Experience with grant writing and other funding proposals

Organizational Management
Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and clients in a global and matrixed environment.
Knowledge of the principles of leadership and how to effectively interact with various leadership styles
Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.
Ensure effective collaborative partnerships among the data team members and with key stakeholders.
Ability to participate in after-hour activities including partner meetings, investigations, outbreaks and emergency responses as needed.

Effective verbal and written communication, such as oral presentations, written reports, articles, and/or abstracts
Ability to establish effective working relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders including federal, regional, state, and local stakeholders in partnerships, coalitions, councils, and/or associations, healthcare providers, elected officials.
Minimum Qualifications
Doctorate degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or a closely related field AND Two years of experience supervising/leading epidemiologic programs
Master’s degree in Public Health or a closely related field AND Three years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field in a supervisory or team lead role
Two years at the lower level or position equivalent with management/supervisory responsibilities.

Preferred qualifications include:

Prior experience working in a state or local public health department, ideally as an epidemiologist
Appreciation for public health research and its role for informing programmatic priorities of local health departments
Enthusiasm for learning from epidemiologic data and using that data to inform public health practice
Experience and/or interest in Public Health Department Accreditation

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


2020 Global Field Opportunity/Summer Practicum/APE Position with the Emory TB-HIV Research Group

Project Focus:
Infectious diseases: Drug resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; latent tuberculosis

Emory TB-HIV Group Profile:
The Emory TB-HIV research group led by Dr. Neel Gandhi at the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University has a top notch TB/HIV academic research and training program recognized both nationally and internationally. Our research projects are in close collaboration with leading stakeholders including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Atlanta, Albert Einstein College of Medicine – New York, Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) – New Jersey, Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Columbia University – New York, University of KwaZuluNatal (UKZN) – South Africa, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) – South Africa, Amauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) – Ethiopia, and DeKalb County Board of Health – Atlanta. The group is actively involved in innovative research and training activities for over two decades with expertise and focus in drug-resistant tuberculosis. We have multiple ongoing research projects in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, South Africa where the group’s activities have had a significant impact on identification, diagnosis and treatment of MDR/XDR TB cases. In addition we have ongoing research projects at study sites in India, Ethiopia, and Brazil.

Position Profile:
The Emory TB-HIV research group is seeking 2 to 3 graduate level students for summer practicum/APE projects. Each student will assist in research study project management, development of primary analytic methods for
epidemiological protocols and will participate in data collection, data transcription onto CRFs, data entry in REDCap, quality control, data cleaning activities and analyses as needed. The student will work with external collaborators in South Africa, Ethiopia, India, Brazil and with internal Emory based project faculty and staff to coordinate project related activities. The student must be a team player who is enthusiastic, meticulous, well organized and has excellent interpersonal skills. Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Epidemiology, Global Epidemiology (GLEPI) and/or Global Health MPH program.

Position timelines:
May 2020 to August 2020. The student will be required to spend 8-10 weeks either in South Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil or India. In order to prepare for the project, the student will be required to attend trainings and work with U.S.
based staff in May 2020.

Location of project:
South Africa / India / Brazil / India.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and updated resume to Dr. Salim Allana, Director Research
Program (Email: salim [dot] allana [at] emory [dot] edu) no later than December 30, 2019. This position is also posted on the
Emory ROL/Handshake website (posting ID #3316926).

The 2019 Kathleen R. Miner Scholarship for Public Health Excellence

The Dr. Kathleen R. Miner Scholarship for Public Health Excellence was established in honor of Dr. Kathy Miner, Associate Dean of Applied Public Health, and her many contributions to Rollins and to public health education. The scholarship provides financial assistance to RSPH students who share Kathy Miner’s passion for public health education and health promotion. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated experience in community engagement and a commitment to social justice. The ideal scholar will possess the energy, creativity, and perseverance necessary to effect positive change throughout their public health career.

Click HERE to apply.

2019 Adopt-a-Scholar Application

Category : Alumni

The Adopt-a-Scholar program provides financial assistance to outstanding RSPH students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, community service involvement, academic success, and commitment to a career in public health.

Eligible students include current MPH/MSPH students in good standing. Selected students will receive a scholarship to be applied towards tuition.
To apply click HERE.