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Epidemiologist II, Georgia DPH

Category : Alumni

Position Title, Department, and Geographic Location

Epidemiologist II (Oral Health), Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit, Georgia Department of Public Health, Atlanta, GA

 

Job Description

As part of the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Epidemiology Section, the Oral Health Epidemiologist is responsible for all oral health data collection and management for the Oral Health Program.  The Epidemiologist conducts routine functions based on Oral Health Surveillance protocols related to survey implementation, data collection, and data analysis using epidemiologic methods. Examples of survey implementation include the 3rd Grade Basic Screening Survey and the Head Start Basic Screening Survey. The Epidemiologist will be responsible for disseminating oral health data to internal and external stakeholders in various settings (e.g., conference presentations, scientific posters, programmatic meetings, data summaries, fact sheets, and burden reports). Pay range for this position is $53,600 annually. 

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or a closely related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university AND Three years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field OR
  • Two years at the lower level (HCP180) or position equivalent.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience analyzing data from complex sampling design
  • Experience with survey implementation
  • Experience with data management (from data collection thru dissemination)
  • Experiment with data dissemination (e.g., surveillance reports, data summaries)

 

How to Apply 

  • Application deadline: October 18th, 2020.
  • To learn more about this position and apply, please click here  

 

 

 


Women’s Reproductive Health Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

Description 

A research opportunity is available in the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) Women’s Health and Fertility Branch within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The selected participant will train and engage with a multi-state surveillance effort to examine impacts of social determinants of health (SDOH) and health inequities among women and infants. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train while developing professional skills in the following: project coordination, public health, epidemiology, complex survey design and analysis, multiple data systems in maternal and infant health, and attending webinars and seminars, and conferences.

The learning objectives and activities for this appointment include:

  • To develop project coordination skills for analytical projects
  • To develop skills for analyzing complex survey data using appropriate statistical software
  • To develop technical assistance skills on epidemiology, data analysis and translation
  • To develop a working knowledge of social determinants of health

 

Qualifications 

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 epidemiology and statistical methods
  • Experience with complex survey design and data analysis
  • Excellent oral presentation skills
  • Strong scientific writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong skills in statistical software such as SAS and SUDAAN Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook

 

How to Apply

 


Epidemiologist, Carter Center

Category : Alumni

Summary 

The Epidemiologist provides technical and scientific expertise for monitoring the status of malaria and lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Epidemiologist maintains direct communication with and travels to program countries to support activities, meetings, and program oversight. This position is Atlanta-based with international and domestic travel required approximately 25% of the time. The Epidemiologist will report to the Director of the River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis and Malaria Programs. Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required. 

  

Job Description 

  • Provides technical and scientific expertise for programs in the areas of communicable disease, chronic disease and environmental epidemiology.
  • Designs, conducts and reports on the epidemiological study of diseases, collects and analyzes data and develops health education materials.
  • Manages and participates in investigations and surveys that have national and international impact.
  • Conducts program research and prepares operational and statistical reports.
  • May write publishable articles and papers.
  • Serves as a liaison to and works with other groups and organizations participating in related programs.
  • May travel internationally to supervise field operations.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

 

Minimum Qualifications

A doctoral degree in a field related to area of research or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. International travel required.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DVM) in epidemiology, statistics, medicine or a related public health field.
  • At least five years of experience, including working in international settings.
  • Strong quantitative skills (Excel) and proficiency in statistical software (Stata, R, or SAS).
  • Strong writing and communication skills and competency with Microsoft-suite computer applications (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated record of scientific publication.
  • Fluency in French or Spanish.
  • Experience in program implementation for malaria, LF or neglected tropical disease (NTD) control/elimination.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to the Atlanta HQ Offices in the future.

 

How to Apply 

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Tuberculosis Strategic Information Technical Advisor, Public Health Institute

Category : Alumni

Opportunity Description

GH serves as the Agency’s primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector.  Through its staff of approximately 456, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 80 countries.  USAID obligated $5.75 billion during fiscal year (FY) 2015 for health programs, including 48 percent or $2.76 billion through GH centrally designed and managed programs (including Presidential Initiatives, global partnerships, and field support).  The GH Bureau comprises seven technical and support offices, one of which is the Office of Infectious Disease (ID).  The Tuberculosis (TB) Division provides technical leadership, project management, country support, and support agency requirements to lead the US Government’s (USG) international TB program.

The TB Division strategically directs the financial and human resources to achieve the USAID Global Accelerator to End TB, USG global TB strategy as well as the USAID implementation plan goals and objectives. The TB Division provides support through prevention and care programs in countries implementing USAID supported TB activities, focusing on accelerating detection and treatment of TB, expanding prevention and treatment of multi-drug resistant TB programs, scaling-up of TB-HIV integration, and developing TB service delivery platforms.   The Division manages USAID’s TB research programs to identify new and improved drug regimens, other technologies to prevent and treat TB, and improved approaches to implementing TB programs.  The TB Division represents USAID and the USG in international fora as well as leads international TB activities for the USG.

The Tuberculosis SI Technical Advisor (Advisor) will serve in the Bureau for Global Health’s Infectious Diseases Office, within the Tuberculosis Division (GH/ID/TB) and will support the TB Team. The Advisor will aim to strengthen the SI with a particular focus on improving the country-level data transparency, quality, and use in USAID’s priority countries and other countries where USAID contributes to and provides technical assistance. They will provide technical expertise on SI consistent with the USAID’s Global Accelerator to End TB, US Government Tuberculosis Strategy, National Action Plan on MDR-TB, USAID’s technical implementation approach, and other international policies and guidelines. This will include mapping and analyzing current SI related interventions for USAID/TB supported, developing models of best practices, and supporting the implementation and improved quality of SI interventions.

 

Job Requirements

The Advisor will work as part of a team to identify gaps in TB SI and reporting gaps and provide technical assistance to support countries and USAID Missions. The Advisor will support a small team with the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of TB-related data, that will facilitate decision making among USAID stakeholders. The Advisor will proactively analyze data; develop data packages, reports, and slide decks for global and country levels’ performance and provide SI support to the USAID/W TB team, TB country backstops and TB Missions.  S/he will support local governments, project staff, and local partners in the implementation of the latest SI technical guidance and related issues.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Advisor will support the TB Division’s efforts to ensure effective TB SI reporting and surveillance strengthening through technically sound approaches. The primary responsibilities of the Advisor include:

  • Strategic SI TB technical support to USAID/GH/ID/TB
  • Strengthened SI programmatic guidance and expertise to USAID’s country-level implementation on the Accelerator to End TB

 

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Masters’ degree with 5 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree and years’ 7 experience or higher
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience with two or more technical disciplines (such as TB, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Monitoring and Evaluation, public diplomacy, project management, etc), job duties/responsibilities related to PD requirements
  • Minimum five (5) years in international affairs or relevant field, with at least three (3) years of that experience in an international or resource-challenged setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • A strong team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines while producing quality content.
  • Ability to travel internationally (25%).
  • US Citizenship or US Legal Permanent Residency required.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in public health SI strategy, program development, and monitoring of quality programs, preferably in international settings.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with US Government health programs.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with global health community stakeholders including multilateral organizations, technical agencies, and other key partners, and the ability to establish effective relationships among a wide range of partners.
  • Proven ability to work in resource-challenged settings with governments, local partners, and communities

 

How to Apply 

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CHAMPS ORISE Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

Description 

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) within the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout the course of this research project, and under the guidance of a mentor, the fellow will gain experience by receiving training in following:

  • Triaging incoming cases and test requests from sites
  • Assisting in organization, scheduling, and content development for in-country histopathology, special stain, and IHC training sessions
  • Grossing’s wet tissues, photograph and upload photos to database
  • Transferring data from CHAMPS portal to IDPB files and database, and vice versa
  • Attending histopathology review sessions and provide case data at appropriate times during evaluation of slides (age before, clinical/lab data afterwards)
  • Assisting pathologists in ordering tests in database, as needed
  • Generating spreadsheets and CHAMPS summary data from IDPB Access database or other files. Using spreadsheets to perform basic data analyses upon request.
  • Together with site representatives, schedule and organize telepathology sessions.
  • Preparing case summaries in preparation for telepathology.
  • Preparing preliminary telepathology reports after sessions and upload final report to CHAMPS portal after review/revision bypathologists.
  • Slide scanning and management of digital images for CHAMPS cases. 

 

Qualifications 

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:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good organizational skills, especially of electronic data
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Access

 

How to Apply 

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If you have questions, send an email to ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] NCEZID [at] orau [dot] org. Please include the reference code (CDC-DCHPP-2020-0206) for this opportunity in your email.

 


Laboratory and Epidemiology Coordinator, Department of Forensic Sciences

Category : Alumni

Job Summary

This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of the DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.

The overall goal of this position is to timely and appropriately coordinate the submission of clinical samples to the DC Public Health Laboratory (DC PHL) for laboratory testing, improve data collection quality, and facilitate ongoing communication and data sharing of laboratory testing results with DC Department of Health (DOH) to support surveillance and outbreak investigation activities. The coordinator will work closely with the DFS PHL Director and Laboratory Unit Managers to coordinate efforts between the DOH Infectious Disease Epidemiologists and with outside stakeholders pertaining to disease surveillance, sample submission, and laboratory testing.  The incumbent will ensure the efficient and effective conduct of public health surveillance to support the wellbeing of District residents, visitors, and stakeholders.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Laboratory & Epidemiology Coordinator serves as the primary point of communication for DC health care facility (HCF) laboratories, commercial laboratories, or other facilities submitting clinical samples to the PHL by responding to all inquiries. Develops communication plans to conduct ongoing outreach and education to submitting laboratories.  Provides outreach services to DC HCF laboratories, clinics, and offices. Troubleshoots and optimizes methods for patient sample submission by working with outside stakeholders, including sentinel clinical laboratories, hospitals, and local health clinics to communicate and educate staff about available testing methods and appropriate sample collection and handling requirements requested by the Public Health Laboratory. Oversees sample submission protocol development.

The incumbent ensures the timely submission of critical outbreak samples and draft a sample submission report to be sent to the Epidemiologist who is leading the outbreak investigation. Ensures routine sample submission targets are met based on established standard (e.g. number of submitted samples, timeliness of sample submission) by tracking and reporting submission performance metrics. Reports laboratory data to DOH for surveillance and performance metrics required by federal grants (e.g. for reports, during meetings).  Communicates key surveillance findings to relevant stakeholders (including detection of clusters using BioNumerics). Assists with reporting to meet grant deliverables and performance metrics. Maintains a current understanding of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) guidelines and regulations as they pertain to clinical testing to direct quality assurance in the laboratory in collaboration with the designated Specialist.

 

Qualifications and Education

A Bachelor’s or higher-level degree in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position; in addition to one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position including, but are not limited to, coordinating the timely and appropriate submission of clinical samples to the DC Public Health Laboratory (DC PHL) for laboratory testing, improving data collection quality, and facilitating the ongoing communication and data sharing of laboratory testing results with DC Department of Health (DOH) to support surveillance and outbreak investigation activities.

A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, a laboratory science or forensic science and a higher degree is favorably considered, and five (5) years or more of specialized experience, two years of which were gained from clinical, public health, or environmental laboratory setting is highly desirable. Experience with customer service, marketing, and negotiations a plus.  Skills in using other statistical analysis software desired.

 

How to Apply 

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Surveillance Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

Description 

A research opportunity is currently available in the Mycotic Diseases Branch (MDB) at the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. The Division works to promote food safety and to prevent illnesses from foodborne, waterborne, and fungal infections.

Throughout the course of this research project, the participant will be trained in the epidemiologic techniques and scientific project management skills for invasive mold infections surveillance.  Major training include medical chart reviews, management surveillance databases and data analysis.

Learning objectives include:

  • Setting up data management systems, including use of software like REDCap
  • Tracking process measures with local and state public health partners
  • Using statistical software like R, SAS or Stata
  • Creating scripts to automate monthly automated data quality checks
  • Conducting data analysis for public health action
  • Participating in interpretation of findings and creating educational materials for hurricane preparedness 

 

Qualifications 

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

  • Strong proficiency in statistical software (preferably R)
  • Excellent analytic skills and some experience in data management and or conducting epidemiological analyses
  • Knowledge of medical charts and/ or clinical terminologies
  • Strong organizational and activity planning
  • Strong written and verbal communication

 

How to Apply 

  • Click here to read more about the position details and application requirements. 
  • Application Deadline: November 17 at 3:00PM EST
  • If you have questions, send an email to ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] NCEZID [at] orau [dot] org. Please include the reference code (CDC-DFWED-2020-0238) for this opportunity in your email.

Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiologist II, Texas HH

Category : Alumni

Description 

Under the guidance of the Vaccine Preventable Disease(VPD) Group Manager, the VPD Epidemiologist II performs advanced investigative and consultative epidemiological work within the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit (EAIDU) related to VPDs. Collects and analyzes, interprets, and distributes epidemiological data on VPDs in Texas. May supervise the work of others in data collection. Provides telephonic and electronic technical consultation to public health professionals, healthcare providers, and the public on the epidemiology of VPD and assists these partners in any VPD outbreak investigations. Prepares public health information, training materials, and investigative tools for VPD surveillance and investigation. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

 

Essential Job Functions

  • Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in VPD outbreak investigations and studies by coordinating data collection with local and regional health department partners, abstracting medical data from hospital and medical records, designing and modifying questionnaires or report forms, interviewing patients, coordinating collection and transport of clinical specimens, performing data analysis using statistical programs, and assisting with recommendations for control measures. Analyzes and interprets epidemiological data, including laboratory findings. Creates, maintains, and distributes line lists and databases using applications such as Excel, Access and other software packages available to the team.
  • Monitors the statewide surveillance system for case reports of VPDs in the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS); assists and provides consultation to local and regional health department staff on data entry, case classification, and other aspects of case investigations; conducts some data entry; ensures data quality, reviews and approves or rejects notifications, and oversees year-end data cleanup in the system. Assists in establishing and implementing activities to improve surveillance for VPDs. Retrieves data from the Department’s laboratory information system (LabWare) and NEDSS.
  • Coordinates activities related to the reporting of metrics for the VPD portion of the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement. Coordinates with local and regional health department partners on inter-jurisdictional case and outbreak investigations. May serve as a point of contact with CDC for VPD outbreak investigations. Recommends measures for prevention and control of VPD. Working with Unit staff, develops protocols, procedures, and training materials related to surveillance and outbreak investigations. Participates in training regional and local staff in investigation methods. Develops and disseminates data collection instruments. Requests and collates information collected during VPD investigations. Coordinates establishment and implementation of activities to improve outbreak response.
  • Prepares reports and graphs of surveillance and investigation data using Power Point, Excel, Access, and NEDSS. Disseminates data reports to internal and external partners. May prepare and give oral presentations on surveillance data and epidemiological investigations for professional and lay audiences. Assists in the development of disease fact sheets, pamphlets, brochures and press bulletins. May assist in preparing articles for publication in journals. Provides telephonic and electronic technical consultations to public health professionals, health care providers, and the public on the epidemiology of VPDs and their prevention and control. Prepares VPD data for posting to the web. Reviews scientific literature, as appropriate.

 

Required Skills and Experience  

  • A master’s degree with a focus in epidemiology and = 2 years’ work experience in epidemiology in a public health agency OR a doctoral-level degree in epidemiology OR other non-epidemiology graduate degree or certification (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, RS) with at least four years of epidemiological experience.
  • Experience using statistical analysis software required. Experience with SAS strongly preferred.
  • Experience communicating complex and technical information to a variety of groups.

 

How to Apply 

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Data Coordinator II, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Category : Alumni

Job Summary

Responsible for reviewing electronic and scanned medical records of patients for data abstraction and entry of data elements into databases for clinical research. Will complete validation of data entry and follow clinical research protocols. Reviews data obtained by electronic queries of hospital databases and ensures accuracy. Works closely with other clinical research staff and statisticians.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Extracts data on study patients from electronic and paper hospital records, outpatient charts and private physician office records, as appropriate, in order to complete data collection required by specific protocols. Enters data into computerized system.
  2. Validates data entry and comparison of data obtained electronically and from medical record review.
  3. Performs initial statistical analyses on data to create large databases from multiple sources, confirm complete data capture, and calculate data abstraction accuracy among data coordinators and students.
  4. Coordinates data analysis plan with principal investigator and statistician.
  5. Keep detailed records of data analysis process and procedures.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in epidemiology or statistics preferred.
  • 1-3 years related work experience required.
  • Experience with statistical software required, including SAS.
  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with STATA and Epilnfo is a plus.
  • Understanding of medical terminology and/or experience in medical record review.
  • Experience training and supervising junior research staff.

 

Competencies

  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.

 

How to Apply 

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Health Scientist, CDC

Category : Alumni

Position Summary 

The incumbent serves as a Health Scientist performing data science work that requires extraction of knowledge from public health surveillance systems and programs at the local, state and national levels that are structured or unstructured for: analysis; improved understanding and communication; development/visualization of new concepts, and/or processes that add value to health services delivery and the decision making process.

 

Responsibilities 

As a Health Scientist (Data Scientist), you will:

  • Consult and collaborate with statistical, data science, artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning), and public health professionals in the collection, linkage, processing, coding, classification, and analysis of public health surveillance, research, and administrative health data.
  • Learn and use current data science methods and tools to plan and conduct research using public health data systems, including survey data, health care facility data, syndromic surveillance data, electronic health records, vital records, and non-traditional data sources such as social media and unstructured web-based data.
  • Support the development of proposals and projects that align with research and policy goals for data science research and analytic projects, defining the scope and intent of the projects, the data to be used, the analytic approaches and methods, technology resource requirements, timelines and significant milestones, and intended outputs.
  • Provide advice on the use of data science tools, methods, and statistical learning models to collect, link, process, code, classify, and analyze public health surveillance, research, and administrative data.
  • Assist in creating recommendation for additional research and development efforts and formulates proposals for new studies and data science projects related to the Center’s priority topic areas.
  • Support synthesizing and interpreting the relevant literature and other public sources and provides analytical review of current methodological developments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

Minimum Qualification

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience conducting statistical analyses, using data science methods such as machine learning and data visualizations, and working with structured and unstructured datasets.

 

How to Apply 

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