Category Archives: Student Opportunities

Course Offering, BSHES 740 – Reducing Drug-Related Harms Using Internet-Based “Big Data”: Machine Learning and AI Methods

Learn to conduct ethical, rigorous, and theoretically- informed analyses of “big data” in the context of research and interventions into intersecting crises of drug-related harms. Offered Fall 2023, W 10:30am-1:20pm.

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Pathways to Practice Opportunities, Region IV Public Health Training Center

The Region IV Public Health Training Center has several Pathways to Practice summer field placement positions open for this summer.  Although most are in-person, they are throughout the southeast and may be close to one of your homes.  For example, the Southwest GA Area Health Education Center is looking for a student to work in-person on the Ellenton Farmworker Project & 2023 Pathway to Medical School Program.  A couple of listed positions could be done remotely or as a hybrid experience.

The selected student will receive an award total of $3500 from the R-IV PHTC Central Office at Emory University. Interested students should apply as soon as possible.  Please refer to the Region IV PHTC Field Placement page (click on Upcoming Field Placements) for a list of positions and detailed application instructions for each. TO APPLY: Please submit the required documents (Unofficial transcript , writing sample, resume, and cover letter indicating the agency name and citizenship/visa status) to Elizabeth Kidwell (elkidwell [at] emory [dot] edu) and indicate in the subject line which position you are applying for (e.g., “Summer 2023 Applicant: GA – SOWEGA AHEC”)

Maternal and Child Health Performance Measurement, Data Analysis, and Informatics Fellowship, Department of Health and Human Services

Research Project: HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is seeking an ORISE Fellow to support the activities of MCHB and specifically the Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER).  The Fellow would be assigned to OER within the Division of Epidemiology (DE).  The mission of OER is to: 1) Build data capacity at the national, State and local levels; 2) Strengthen the present and future workforce in maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology and research; 3) Support applied research to ensure that MCH initiatives are evidence-based and reflect the state-of-the-science; and 4) Disseminate information and strengthen the evidence base in MCH.

OER plays a central role in MCHB through its support for performance measurement, data analysis, research, and evaluation activities across the bureau. Specifically, OER/DE provides technical assistance and scientific consultation to all of MCHB’s divisions and offices across the life-course of program development, implementation, management, and performance assessment.

OER responsibilities associated with performance measurement and evaluation are varied and extensive, ranging from: oversight and management of the Discretionary Grants Information System which serves as the repository for performance data for all discretionary investments; analysis and reporting of program data to support program management and organizational goals; research, identification and specification of performance measures for investments throughout MCHB; data analysis, interpretation, and presentation of performance data for multiple audiences; oversight and technical guidance around the development of logic models; and expert review and support for evaluations throughout the Bureau.  The ORISE Fellow will be mentored by a team of scientists and analysts with expertise in data, informatics, performance measurement, program evaluation, and public health to observe, learn from, and apply analytic and methodological approaches within the parameters of “real life” programmatic and policy decision making processes.    

The ORISE Fellow will support MCHB and OER activities related to data management and analysis, performance measurement, and evaluation by providing technical assistance in three key areas:

  1. Support the DGIS IT Investment Manager in building, testing, and improving self-service data access and analysis tools to more effectively display and communicate program impact across MCHB investments.
  2. Support the MCHB Performance Measurement Lead, as well as staff throughout OER/DE, in the research, development, specification, and establishment of performance measures to support program tracking and evaluation for MCHB investments.
  3. Provide technical assistance and data support to MCHB Divisions and Offices through data analysis, visualization, and related activities using software such as Tableau, SAS, and/or R.

Learning ObjectivesThe ORISE Fellow can expect to benefit from the following learning goals and objectives:

  1. Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
  2. Support research, analyses, and synthesis of performance measurement and/or evaluation data for major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
  3. Gain experience in the day-to-day operation of a large IT system.
  4. Refine data processing and analysis skills utilizing specialized software, to include Tableau, SAS, and/or R.
  5. Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of how Federal programs and policies are developed, implemented, and evaluated.
  6. Refine and expand written and oral communicative skills and competencies.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Lydie Lebrun-Harris (lharris2 [at] hrsa [dot] gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

For more information and to apply, click here

Graduate Assistant, Region IV Public Health Training Center


The Region IV Public Health Training Center (R-IV PHTC), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has an opening for a graduate assistant.  The mission of the R-IV PHTC is to build the capacity of the current and future public health workforce to protect and promote the health of communities in the Southeastern United States. The Center provides professional development for the current workforce, experiential learning (field placements*) for the future workforce, and consulting and technical assistance for health departments.  While the R-IV PHTC offers student field placements with other agencies, *this position would be working as a graduate assistant with the R-IV PHTC team at the Emory RSPH.

The selected graduate assistant will assist the R-IV PHTC team (including staff working on training, needs assessments, field placements, communications, evaluation, and reports) with the management of the R-IV PHTC’s programs.  Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to, assisting with: 

  • Data collection and management
  • Environmental scans of trainings and other resources
  • Preparation and implementation of trainings 
  • Summary reports of training and field placement evaluations
  • Communications efforts such as newsletter, social media, or e-blasts 
  • Cataloging and quality assurance of trainings on website and learning management system

Interested students should apply as soon as possible, as applications are reviewed and considered as they are received.  Please apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and writing sample directly to Laura Lloyd at lmlloyd [at] emory [dot] edu.   

Salary Level: $15.00 per hour 

Approximate Hours per Week: 15-20 

Note: The R-IV Public Health Training Center is a federally-funded program which has a citizenship requirement.  To be eligible to apply for this position, you must be either a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen U.S. national, or a foreign national having in your possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S.


The ideal candidate will be a 1st year MPH student with a REAL Award willing to start the position in spring 2023 and continue through the 2023-2024 academic year.  Candidates should have excellent organizational and communication skills, including both oral and written skills. Candidates must also have excellent computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Apps. Experience with Survey Monkey, WordPress, Mail Chimp, Canva and Learning Management Systems would also be helpful.


Grace Crum Rollins Bldg., RSPH, Atlanta, Georgia

Contact Information

Laura M. Lloyd, MPH, MCHES®

lmlloyd [at] emory [dot] edu  

Region IV Public Health Training Center

Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health 

Applied Public Health Statistics (APHA) Conference 2023

The Applied Public Health Statistics (APHS) Section invites abstract submissions for student research poster and oral presentation sessions for the APHA 2023 Conference, Atlanta, GA, Nov 12-15. Students wishing to be considered for these sessions should submit an abstract (by March 31, 2023) and a 2-page summary of their paper (also by May 31, 2023). 

In order to be eligible for the student competition you must be a student at the time of the conference in November 2023 (those graduating in May/June 2023 are not eligible). When submitting your abstract at, please submit it under the session “Student oral presentations” or “Student poster presentations”, even if it may be thematically related to other topics on the topic list. Students interested in competing in the student oral paper competition and have questions should contact Dr. Wenjun Li (Wenjun_Li [at] uml [dot] edu) and copy Dr. Guang Xu (guangxu [at] marian [dot] edu). The two-page summary of the paper should be submitted online at or using the attached QR Code, with a letter from a faculty member attesting to the author’s student status.

If a student abstract was submitted for oral presentation but is not accepted for an oral presentation, it will automatically be considered as a poster submission. All accepted student abstracts will be considered for the Student Research Competition. Three finalists will receive awards and travel support to present their paper during APHA 2023 conference. An award will be given for the Best Student Oral Presentation. Attached, please find more details about this opportunity. 

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Wenjun Li, PhD, Chair of Student Research Competition, APHS

Guang Xu, PhD, Chair-elect and Program Chair, APHS

Niloofar Ramezani, PhD, Section Chair, APHS

Graduate Research Assistant Positions, Emory Center for Health of Incarcerated Persons (CHIP)

The Emory Center for Health of Incarcerated Persons (CHIP) seeks one or two part-time Graduate Research Assistants (10-20 hours/week) to work immediately with continuation into the spring and summer.  

The CHIP team is an interdisciplinary team, under the direction of Dr. Anne Spaulding in our department, focused on implementing appropriate infectious disease interventions and data gathering in justice/legal health settings. 

The following role would allow participation in several CHIP projects including but not limited to Surveillance Using Wastewater and Nasal Self-Collected Specimens (SWANSS), Conducting Correctional COVID Research and Implementing Novel, Ethically Sound Surveillance Systems (CRAINES), and Maintaining All Leaving on Long-Acting Antiretrovirals and Other Drugs (MALLARDS). GRA tasks may include participation in specimen collection at Fulton County Jail, conducting literature reviews, assistance in grant development and writing IRB protocols, other scientific writing, qualitative assessments, development of presentations for infectious disease conferences and other speaking engagements, and other CHIP-related duties as appropriate. Students may additionally use the position as an opportunity to complete APE and/or thesis requirements.  

Minimum Qualifications: Interest in infectious disease and implementation science. Demonstrated cultural competencies relevant to incarcerated populations. Ability to work in teams.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with incarcerated, underserved, or stigmatized populations. Qualitative data experience. Experience in infectious disease management. Scientific writing.  

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to shanika [dot] kennedy [at] emory [dot] edu with the subject line: CHIP: Confounder Job Posting – “Your Name”  by 3/3/23 at 11:59 PM. 

Summer Field Experience (APE Eligible), World Vision

Dr. Bethany Caruso (Department of Global Health) is seeking multiple students for summer positions to assist with research related to a program led by World Vision (WV) that aims to improve women’s economic empowerment and water access in four countries (Honduras, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, and Kenya). World Vision is implementing the program in each country, and Emory is engaging as a learning partner. Specifically, Emory will conduct formative research and process evaluations to inform and assess World Vision’s programming within and across these settings. The students will travel to one of the four countries (IRBs and other in-country conditions pending), depending on experience and interest, and assist with research these activities.

The ideal candidates are proactive, able to work independently, have strong writing skills, have international experience, are interested in gender and/or WASH issues, and have training (e.g. coursework) or experience in qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis. The ability to speak/read Spanish is needed for travel to Honduras or Guatemala. The positions are unpaid, but will qualify as APEs and the Emory team will support the student to apply for RSPH GFEFA and/or EGHI funding. Data could be used as a thesis, pending review with the Emory team. Students across Emory are eligible to apply.

Primary tasks may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Assisting in tool development (qualitative and quantitative) for formative research
  • Assisting in development of IRB/Ethics protocols
  • Assisting with data collection efforts across countries, including scheduling/managing data collection activities
  • Assisting with training of data collectors in country
  • Supporting Emory and World Vision staff while in-country, including attending and taking notes during partner meetings and debriefing teams on field activities
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative analysis of collected data
  • Writing reports and presenting preliminary findings in-country and upon return

If you are interested, please fill out this Google form. (Do not email!) We will review all applications and reach out to selected candidates for further questions and interviews.

APE Opportunity, QuEEN Savvy Lab

The QuEEN Savvy Lab (QuEEN – Quality, Equitable & Electronic iNterventions for Savvy Women) is looking for creative and self-motivated students to assist with its current research projects. The QuEEN Savvy Lab is housed within the Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing under the direction of Dr. Rasheeta Chandler. The lab’s research focuses on optimizing sexual reproductive health (SRH) outcomes through mobile health interventions for a target population—young Black women. Another focus area is improving maternal/postpartum health through mobile health intervention— Preventing Maternal Mortality Using Mobile Technology (PM3) for Black women. This study is in collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology, among others.

If you are passionate about mitigating maternal/severe maternal morbidity and mortality in black women, as well as incorporating digital technologies into the maternal health processes, this is the opportunity for you! We are seeking passionate and detail-oriented MPH students to aid our research projects in the following ways:

  • Find culturally relevant maternal health (perinatal & postnatal) and postpartum education content and resources, and upload the content to a resource bank for the PM3 app

  • Assist with recruitment and analyze qualitative data

  • Develop a multimedia resource kit consisting of videos, current events, news feeds, podcasts, and

    support groups related to maternal and reproductive health, and postpartum quality improvement

  • Provide administrative and research support to principal investigators and senior research team


    Note: This is a remote work environment and CITI training is required. Interested students must provide CITI certificates

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Summer Fellowship, CDC


*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: There are multiple fellowship opportunities available in the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Within the CDC, the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) has primary oversight and responsibility for all programs that comprise CDC’s public health preparedness and response portfolio.  Through an all-hazards approach to preparedness, focusing on threats from natural, biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events, CPR helps the nation prepare for and respond to urgent threats to the public’s health. It carries out its mission by emphasizing accountability through performance, progress through public health science, and collaboration through partnerships.

Research Project: You will participate on projects that help the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) advance the Nation’s preparedness and response for public health emergencies and emerging threats. They include natural, biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.

You’ll gain experience in agency- and center-led efforts to meet the preparedness and response challenges of tomorrow. As a fellow, you might:

  • Review and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Help develop and present public health communication materials.
  • Research and analyze public health policy.
  • Collaborate with scientific teams and workgroups.
  • Contribute to data modernization, knowledge management, and advancing the science of public health.

Your contributions—regardless of your assignment—will help CDC improve the preparedness and response capabilities of every community, including your own.

Learning Objectives: This appointment will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in activities and projects that supports the CPR mission of advancing the Nation’s preparedness and response for public health emergencies and threats.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Thayes Carswell (tqc1 [at] cdc [dot] gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 22, 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for ten weeks, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] CPR [at] orau [dot] org and include the reference code for this opportunity.

GRA Positions, Open Hand Atlanta

Our team works closely with Open Hand Atlanta to evaluate their food security and nutrition programs in metro Atlanta and across Georgia.  We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing Atlanta based data collectors to support in person qualitative and survey data collection, data management and analysis as well as report writing several of these projects. This opportunity can serve to fulfill practicum requirements or provide data or other activities to fulfill a thesis. 

Job Description

Our team has paid GRA positions available with our Open Hand Atlanta Evaluation partnership. One GRA position is available immediately for a REAL eligible MPH student, several other GRA positions will be available this summer. GRAs can choose from several evaluation projects and be involved in different types of program evaluation activities including M&E plan development, tool development / revision; data management; qualitative data collection and analysis, survey data collection and analysis, support with grant writing, report writing, developing infographics, etc. As students develop a relationship with a particular project they are able to take on leadership and management activities as well. This is a great opportunity to develop skills, work with Atlanta communities and a great community partner and get paid! I am prioritizing first year MPH and MDP students. Students that succeed in this work have strong interpersonal skills, take initiative, are flexible and able to work independently. The different evaluations we currently work on with Open Hand and our GRA needs for these are detailed below.

Produce Prescription Programs — this 6-month program works with healthcare partners in metro Atlanta and hospital systems in south GA to provide produce vouchers, interactive cooking and nutrition education, and social support to reduce food insecurity, enhance nutrition and mitigate chronic disease risk. Seeking — 1 GRA with reliable access to transportation to support survey and qualitative data collection, data analysis and report writing. Metro Atlanta travel required; travel to south GA optional. Availability between the hours of 10:30am – 1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays is ideal. This would be an excellent practicum / thesis opportunity! 

Cooking Matters Kids and Teens (CMKT) – our team manages the state-wide data for Open Hand’s CMKT program which empowers youth with interactive cooking, food literacy and nutrition education. Seeking – 1 GRA to take over from a current second year. GRA manages all data entry, data management, analysis and reporting to Open Hand.  This work is 100% remote with the exception of occasional travel to Open Hand’s office to pick up surveys. 

WIC – Cooking Matters – provides interactive cooking and nutrition education sessions in Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) clinics in 2 GA public health districts. Current evaluation activities involve management and analysis of data and report writing. Seeking – 1 GRA to support data management, analysis and reporting. All activities are currently remote but we anticipate returning to in-person data collection in the near future, pending COVID rates. At that time, we will likely take on additional GRAs to support data collection. There is the opportunity to analyze data from previous years for the purpose of producing a thesis or manuscript.

Fresh MARTA markets – Emory is the evaluator for the Fresh MARTA markets program implemented by Open Hand, Common Markets, and MARTA. Seeking: 2-3 GRAs to support tool refinement, data collection, data management, data analysis and report writing from July-October. There is also the opportunity to analyze data from previous years for the purpose of producing a thesis or manuscript. All data collection activities occur at MARTA stations across the city so GRAs must have reliable access to transportation or MARTA. 

Public Health Competencies: 2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context, 3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software as appropriate, 4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice, 7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health, 9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention, 11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs, 18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors, 19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation, 21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

Upcoming Events

  • ETD Submission Information Session April 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm In-Person: RRR - RL20Virtual:… Event Type: Workshop,Student EventThis session is designed to provide RSPH students information regarding ETD submission steps.
  • EPI Department Townhall April 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm RRR R100 Event Type: Student EventEPI Department Student Townhall to share feedback about the semester, the department, and/or the institution!
  • Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health Research in Progress Seminar Series (GDEH RIPS) April 5, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CNR 6001 (or virtually via Zoom:…) Event Type: Seminar SeriesSeries: GDEH Research in Progress Series (RIPS)Speaker: Maya NadimpalliContact Name: Nikita Burks-HaleContact Email: nikita.burks-hale@emory.eduLink: join the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health (GDEH) for our RIPS Seminar presentation with Dr. Maya Nadimpalli, GDEH, on "Investigating Burden of Antibiotic Resistance Among Atlanta Residents Through Community-Based Wastewater Surveillance"

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