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Alum Caleb Ebert on The Carter Center and Relationships in Public Health

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Written by Caleb Ebert, GLEPI MPH 2018:

Atlanta is dubbed the public health capital of the world. Most people think of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when referring to this title, which makes sense when most of Atlanta traffic can be attributed to the CDC commute. 😉 However, when I think of Atlanta – and I thought this even before attending Rollins – one person always comes to mind: President Jimmy Carter. I admire a lot about this man. His authenticity. His desire and the energy he devotes to creating a better world (I mean just look at this most recent article.). His belief in the value and dignity of every human. And especially how he has taken his international platform that the US Presidency gave him and founded The Carter Center along with his wife, First Lady Rosalyn Carter. But I digress. 


The Carter Center is “waging peace,” “fighting disease,” and “building hope” in areas that are currently neglected. President Carter’s mission, and I have heard him say this several times upon meeting him, is that he does not want to duplicate anyone’s effort. He recognizes that there are already leaders and experts making advances in fields such as cancer research, climate change advocacy, and primary school access, so why not tackle issues that are not being addressed or are currently under-addressed. This is what The Carter Center is doing. They have now become a leader in monitoring elections and championing human rights, and are on the path to eliminate guinea worm and trachoma.


I was fortunate enough to land a REAL position with The Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program during my first year at Rollins. However, I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I first saw their open position. After all, I had just finished a long day of teaching GIS workshops and I was trying to cool off in my sweltering apartment in the Philippines when I read that The Carter Center, a place I had dreamt of working at, was looking for a student with GIS experience. Before I could think too much, I applied for the job—crossed every joint in my body—and then I waited. Whether it is a REAL job, or those real jobs, I encourage you to add your personality to your cover letter. To me, nothing makes an applicant stand out more than someone who is willing to put themselves in their application and not just their qualifications (That’s what your resume is for!). I began my cover letter with a joke about how chlamydia is such a hard word to spell and this may be the reason I got an interview (Trachoma is caused by a bacterium call Chlamydia trachomatis).


A unique aspect of working at a nonprofit (and there are so many in Atlanta) like The Carter Center is that you can really shape the course of a program with some curiosity and determination. I encourage you to ask questions and challenge the status quo. Ask why things are done a certain way and suggest alternatives or ask for a trial period to start something new. I remember in my interview I had already started to ask those “Why” questions, such as why the program was working in some countries with trachoma but not others. This curiosity may have been the reason I was hired. I maintained a level of curiosity throughout my time at The Carter Center whether it was wondering how we could apply The Carter Center’s election monitoring survey technology to the health surveys or how we could best train the in-country staff on how to create their own trachoma prevalence maps.  


I had the opportunity to stay with The Carter Center for my entire two years (including completing my practicum with them in Ethiopia) while attending Rollins. Having a continuous two-year period was critical to the relationships that I could form with The Carter Center and the connections that they provided me with post-graduation. But regardless of the length of time you are at an organization, I encourage you to actively work to form relationships. And yes, this may mean that you need to have the small talk with your coworkers. (Remember their answers!) Begin there and soon more meaningful conversations will form. Relationships are so important in public health—it can be a very small field. I currently work as a trial manager at the F.I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco and this job would not have been possible without my experience and connections from The Carter Center. And just to further demonstrate how important relationships can be, despite living across the country from The Carter Center, I still remain very connected with the Trachoma Control Program working as a contractor on a couple of projects.


Caleb Ebert graduated from Rollins in 2018 with a MPH in Global Epidemiology. While at Rollins, his research interests included GIS and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. Now, Caleb manages NIH-funded trials at the F.I. Proctor Foundation at UCSF in San Francisco, California. 

Epidemiology Elective Session, 10/16

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Join the Epidemiology department for an overview of the Epi elective courses on Wednesday, October 16th from 12-12:50pm.

First Year Pre-Registration, 10/17

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Join the Epidemiology department for an advising session for first year pre-registration on Thursday October 17th from 12-12:50pm.

HEOR Fellowship Webinar

Thomas Jefferson University has offered industry-sponsored Fellowships in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) since 1994. The Fellowships are administered through the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), which is the nation’s first college of population health. During this webinar, current Fellows from Celgene, Ethicon, Novartis and Teva will discuss the Fellowship, the application process and their experiences as Fellows. The event will be livestreamed and recorded for future viewings. Participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Please register using the following links:

For more information,

Email JCPHFellowship [at] Jefferson [dot] edu

Or go to

Digital Slide Archival Assistant Intern, CDC volunteer oppertunity

Position Title: Digital Slide Archival Assistant Intern
Location: CDC, Roybal Campus, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Start Date: November 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020 (estimated)
Duration: Up to 180 calendar days (up to one year if earning academic credit)
Hours: A minimum of 10 hours per week (flexible, based on schedule) This is an unpaid internship. Applicants must be current students. 

This position is located in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of High Consequence Pathogens & Pathology (DHCPP), Infectious Disease Pathology Branch (IDPB).
Education Requirements:
Interest in biology and/or life science preferred, but not required
Description: IDPB has a large collection of digitized glass slides from interesting cases of infectious disease that need careful sorting and organization for long-term archival and access through database software. A laboratory assistant is needed to organize the files, name the files appropriately, and sort and upload files into database software (eSlide Manager).
• Become familiar with digital slides, the archival system, and eSlide Manager database software (training will be provided)
• Rename files, sort files, and upload pertinent clinical information
• Work with the ePathology unit of IDPB to ensure archival system meets branch needs
• Must be detail-oriented with excellent communication skills
• Good organizational skills
• Attention to detail when working with numbers, including lists
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Adherence to laboratory safety practices
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly time-sensitive environment, while ensuring high quality and efficiency
• Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals within CDC and with external organizations
• Ability to manage multiple projects with varying tasking, short turnaround times, and meet or exceed all deadlines
• Ability to prioritize work
• Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to efficiently use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access), and SharePoint
• Demonstrates initiative on assignments and projects, and proactively tackles responsibilities
• Ability to produce accurate documents and materials with little or no supervision
Work Hours:
Students must be able to work at least 10 hours a week in the CDC Office. The work schedule for this position
is flexible and will be discussed and approved by both parties.

Submit resumes via email to the CDC Human Resources Customer Service Helpdesk at HRCS [at] cdc [dot] gov with the subject “SWEP Student Volunteer Program – Digital Slide Archival Assistant Intern” no later than 4 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019. Students selected for interviews will be contacted, and the student(s) selected for participation will be required to complete additional paperwork.

PH.D. Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health, Havard

All students admitted into this training program are provided full tuition, health insurance and stipend support. Our graduates hold distinguished positions in academia, industry, government, and other arenas of life science research, consulting, communications and policy. The application deadline for the 2020-21 Academic Year is December 1, 2019.  NOTE: The BPH program does not require or consider the GRE as part of its application process. In addition, applicants who are non-native English speakers and who received their undergraduate degree from an academic institution where English is not the primary language of instruction now have the option to submit scores for the International English Language Testing System – Academic test (IELTS) as proof of English proficiency. More information can be found on our website: or through upcoming recruitment events.

Big Data Analytics for Healthcare, NRSG 741

Course Description:
This course will describe the concepts underlying the field of study identified as big data analytics along with its application in healthcare. The theoretical underpinnings of these concepts will be presented along with
applications in healthcare, including knowledge discovery, precision medicine/nursing, and the development of targeted interventions to improve health outcomes. Commonly used methods in big data analytics will be reviewed, and the challenges related to gathering, analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting big data will be discussed. Hands-on computer laboratory experience (R programming language) with these techniques relevant to an identified area will be included.

Course Objectives:
 Demonstrate knowledge of principles and tools of big data analysis in health research.
 Identify the potential and challenges incorporating big data analytics to improve precision medicine / nursing interventions.
 Understand the principles of reproducible research and implement an appropriate workflow for data analysis and manuscript / report generation.
 Effectively critique published research using big data theoretical frameworks
 Analyze ethical issues related to the use of big data analytics in health related research
 Demonstrate knowledge of big data gathering, storage, management, and analyses

International Student and Scholar Advising, 10/9

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Join Matt Davidson international student advising on Wednesday October 9 at 1pm.

Epidemiology Bagel Breakfast, 10/10

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The Epidemiology Department will be holding Bagel Breakfast Thursday, October 10th from 8am-10am.

Data Visualization Hackathon, CGDV

The Center for Global Data Visualization (CGDV) invites you to join an international data visualization hackathon! In this hackathon, we will provide you with data sets and the opportunity to visualize global, regional or country specific data related to refugees and displaced populations. You will have the opportunity to perform exploratory analysis and provide insights that can have a real impact to help refugees. Prizes will be provided for the winning visuals, and  you can Register here to sign up. The Hackathon will take place from October 19 through the 26th.