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Health Economics & Outcomes Research Internship, AbbVie

Internship Description 

As an AbbVie intern, you will participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust scientific projects throughout the summer. Throughout the summer, the interns will be engaged in several development and networking activities. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the location (AbbVie Campuses are in Illinois, New Jersey, and California) and format (virtual, on-site or hybrid) of the internship will be confirmed prior to start of the internship program.

The purpose of the internship is to provide meaningful, hands -on research experience and professional development opportunities to students with proven academic performance and leadership potential. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem-solving abilities.


Organization Description

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit their website

AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) is a premier research group with wide recognition for scientific expertise and leadership. The HEOR group at AbbVie also houses leading center’s of excellence focused at real-world evidence, patient-centered outcomes and economic modeling. This group combines expertise from multiple scientific disciplines to generate cutting-edge evidence that supports AbbVie’s scientific strategies, demonstrates value of innovative treatments, and drives health care decision making by various stakeholders. HEOR driven research helps with:

  • Informing strategic decisions aimed at ensuring that patients can access and benefit from appropriate therapies in a timely manner
  • Developing and guiding pricing & reimbursement strategies based on evaluation of public health policy & reimbursement environment and scientific evaluation of clinical, economic, and patient-reported outcomes data
  • Leveraging innovative research approaches and partnerships to maximize the use of real-world evidence (RWE) and patient-centric outcomes research for informing internal and external decisions that positively impact patient lives.
  • Enhancing the patient voice by leveraging patient self-reported/digital health driven outcomes in clinical trial and real-world settings to further understand the unmet needs and establish value of innovative treatments.


Assignment Details

Intern assignments may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, patient-reported outcomes studies, retrospective claims or electronic medical records database analyses, prospective observational studies, and economic model development. Intern may work in one or more disease states within the areas of immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health, gastroenterology, and aesthetics to support efforts for on-market or pipeline assets. Tasks may include conceptualizing research plans, protocol development, managing vendors, and writing/ presenting results. Interns may develop analysis plans and conduct analyses of internal databases and/or clinical trial data. Interns may assist in creation of scientific materials like slide decks, white papers, abstracts or manuscripts for disseminating research findings to internal/external audience. Intern will be responsible for attending team meetings, department meetings, and cross-functional team meetings to gain a better understanding of the role of HEOR within the biopharmaceutical industries and at AbbVie. HEOR Interns work in a matrix organization with global cross-functional partners which further enables understanding of generating evidence that addresses global and local affiliate needs.

Your application will be considered for all Summer internship opportunities in the HEOR department but you can express an exclusive or non-exclusive preference for one or more of the following groups within therapy areas of immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health, gastroenterology, and aesthetics, or center’s of excellence including Real World Evidence, Patient Reported Outcomes, or Economic Modeling. The final assignment within a therapy area or a center of excellence will be determined by the internship committee and the hiring managers. 




  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program (Master’s or PhD) at an accredited university, preferably in the fields of pharmacy, medicine, health services research, health economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, data analytics , economics and psychology and related disciplines in life sciences
  • Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Completed at least 1 year of graduate level studies prior to internship experience
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited program for at least one additional semester following your internship


  • Prior research experience in the areas of health care and data sciences
  • Relevant advanced course work in areas such as pharmaceutical economics, health policy, epidemiology, psychometrics, research methods or statistics.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Adept in data analysis using statistical package (e.g. SAS) and advanced analytical approaches
  • Prior experience in conducting literature reviews


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this summer internship opportunity and apply online! 


Graduate Research Assistant, Emory Health Service Research Center

***This position is REAL eligible***


Job Description 

Students can gain experience in answering clinical research questions related to quality improvement, patient outcomes or other aspects of health services research. In this internship, students will be paired with clinical faculty throughout the Department of Surgery or Department of Medicine and assigned analytical tasks for ongoing research projects. The internship will be affiliated with the Health Services Research Center but have to the opportunity to gain exposure to multiple clinical disciplines throughout the School of Medicine.


Duties and Responsibilities 

Duties would include analyzing a variety of research data using statistical methods, advising on study design, statistical interpretation, data management and analysis using Microsoft Excel, SAS or R. Students may also assist research team by providing analytical support for presentations, abstract and peer-reviewed manuscripts, and grant writing or participate in patient enrollment and recruiting for clinical studies. The work environment is collaborative and is with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, biostatisticians, and epidemiologists. 


How to Apply 

Click here to learn more about this position and apply on Handshake!



Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety ORISE Position, CDC

Position Description

The Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety (BOOTS), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) is seeking qualified applicants for a an ORISE position. The successful candidate will support 2 BOOTS-related activities: 1) the National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey (NBCUS) and 2) National Healthcare Safety Network Hemovigilance (NHSN) Module. Specific activities are described below.


Duties and Responsibilities 


  • Participates in facility identification, outreach and enrollment for the NBCUS
  • Provides technical support to blood centers and healthcare facilities participating in the NBCUS.


  • Conduct data analyses and author peer reviewed journal manuscripts related to blood transfusion safety.
  • Develop and maintain technical expertise in the function and use of the NHSN Biovigilance Component including thorough understanding of the application from a user perspective. This is a continuous activity.
  • Handle inquiries from existing and prospective NHSN Biovigilance Component users, assist facilities with NHSN enrollment, and provide user support regarding procedures for correctly applying CDC surveillance definitions and criteria and data entry. This is a continuous activity.
  • Participate in the change request and implementation process with the NHSN development team, including submitting change requests, defining business requirements with a business analyst, and testing and verification of the surveillance application prior to release. Changes to the surveillance system are released twice per year.
  • Investigating defects in the surveillance application as discovered by participating users, communicating defects to the NHSN QA team, verifying fixes, and communicating updates back to end users. This is a continuous activity.
  • Assist with data management, validation, and cleaning, including analyses to assess data quality and outreach to users for data entry correction and completion.
  • Identify and addresses opportunities to enhance usability of hemovigilance surveillance data for prevention.
  • Assist with the development of NHSN modules and mechanisms for electronic reporting to NHSN. Communicate with users and provides technical expertise to improve user interface and analytic and group user functions.
  • Assist with maintenance of the technical content of protocols, definitions, and data collection forms for the NHSN Biovigilance Component (including the hemovigilance module). Surveillance methods are reviewed at least annually
  • Attends weekly BOOTS staff meetings, bi-weekly NHSN User Support Team meetings, bi-weekly NHSN Development – User Support communication meetings, and weekly update meetings with technical monitor.
  • Requires a Master’s degree and relevant experience in epidemiology and/or biostatistics.


Application Guidelines

Applicants should send current CV via email to Sanjida Mowla at ouf4 [at] cdc [dot] gov.



PRISM Thesis Opportunities Meeting, 2/10


Join the PRISM faculty on February 10th at 12PM to hear about thesis opportunities for EPI students interested in HIV and sexual health. 

In order to receive the Zoom meeting information, please RSVP to Susan at sschlue [at] emory [dot] edu by February 9th

See the flyer below for further information! 


COVID-19 Vaccine Response Volunteer, Georgia DPH

Opportunity Description 

AtlantaThe Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 vaccination response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

Licensed medical volunteers including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and advanced EMS personnel (EMT Intermediate and above) may be used to administer vaccination. Nonmedical volunteers may be used in administrative roles such as registering individuals for vaccination, data input, language interpretation, other administrative areas as needed, and providing guidance and assistance at vaccination administration sites.


How to Volunteer 

To volunteer, log in here and click on the “Register Now” box. Registering only takes a few minutes and will connect you with . Prospective volunteers will be asked for their name, address, contact information and occupation type. In order to be eligible for some assignments, responders are encouraged to complete a profile summary, which includes skills and certifications, training, medical history, emergency contact and deployment preferences.

Once your skills and credentials are reviewed, you will be notified by a DPH representative.

Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC


A research opportunity is currently available with the Field Research Branch, in the Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE), within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Researchers in the Field Research Branch conduct large-scale and in-depth studies examining the effects of workplace exposures on chronic health effects. Findings will contribute to protecting worker health through occupational health policies and recommendations for controlling hazards. Areas of focus in FRB include cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, and health inequity.

The appointment is full-time at CDC at a facility located in Cincinnati, OH.  Because of COVID-19 travel and facility restrictions, initially the position will require telework.  Mentors will work with participants to arrange an initial in-person visit to the nearest CDC location to receive teleworking equipment. 


Duties and Responsibilities 

The selected participant will work with the FRB epidemiology team on current research studies.  Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may be involved in the following activities:

  • Conduct literature searches of published and grey scientific literature
  • Conduct quality assurance reviews of summaries on emerging COVID-19 literature, including checking for 1) completeness; 2) updating citations; and 3) verifying abstracted data summaries are accurate
  • Conduct statistical analyses and write scientific manuscripts using data from a study of healthcare workers exposure to COVID-19. Research areas include PPE use and availability, mental health, and knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with COVID-19 prevention.
  • Contribute to the development of educational and other communication materials used by principal investigators to communicate research findings

The appointment will offer the opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration with epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, statisticians, and experts in information technology.



The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields within five years of the appointment start date, or be currently pursuing the degree.


Preferred skills

  • Experience in epidemiological methods and statistics
  • Knowledge of SAS (or R) statistical software desirable
  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Power Point, Excel)
  • Strong research and communication skills


Application & Other Information

  • Application Deadline: January 22, 2021
  • Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2020
  • Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 


COVID-19 Surveyor, Georgia DPH

*** This is a non-real position***


Job Description 

The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for a current MPH student or a recent MPH graduate to provide epidemiological support to the Occupational Health (OH) Surveillance Program.
 This position is crucial for the implementation of a statewide Work-related COVID-19 Call-back Survey. The intern will call and interview confirmed cases of COVID-19 who worked in a non-healthcare setting during the time they likely became infected. Data collected from interviews will be entered into an electronic survey tool and spreadsheet. Results from the interviews will be used to help characterize occupational risk of COVID-19 among workers in non-health care settings and to make recommendations to better protect workers. The intern will interview cases according to established protocols and are required to follow all scripts, policies, and procedures provided by DPH, and comply with DPH training regarding confidential information related to personal information.  

The intern will be working remotely for approximately 10-15 hours per week for up to 10 weeks duration. The pay will be $15/hour ($1,500 total). The schedule is flexible. Weekends or other nontraditional hours may be required. 



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of work related experience OR
  • Student seeking Master in Public Health or related degree from an accredited degree program 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Student with MPH concentration in epidemiology or occupational/environmental health Ability to speak, read, and write English
  • Spanish language a plus
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress
  • Experience working with databases and analyzing data
  • Experience with MS Excel
  • Experience with SAS statistical software


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 

Graduate Research Assistant, Emory Prevention Research Center

***Non-REAL Position***

Position Description

The Intervention Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Shared Resource seeks 1 part-time Graduate Research Assistants (15-20 hours/week). IDDI provides services to cancer researchers who are looking for support with behavioral science research methods. The GRA in this position will have the opportunity to work on a variety of cancer-related research projects across the cancer spectrum from primary prevention to survivorship. GRA will be involved in qualitative data analysis, conducting structured literature reviews, data collection and data entry, developing data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, focus group guides) or other project materials, preparing summaries and reports, and other duties to support research projects. Compensation is $13.50/hour, and time commitment is 15-20 hours/week. The start date can be as early as January 4th, 2021. 



IDDI’s mission is to provide Winship members with access to expertise in behavioral science research methods, and to support them in developing, testing, or disseminating behavioral, educational, and systems interventions to prevent cancer, detect cancer early, and/or improve survivorship among Georgia residents. The IDDI team builds on expertise within the Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC) and the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences, Rollins School of Public Health. Click here for more information about the IDDI core.


Minimum Qualifications

Highly motivated, efficient, organized, detail-oriented and interest or experience working on research, evaluation, or cancer prevention and control. Prior experience with qualitative data analysis (e.g., coding).


Preferred Qualifications

Prior work experience preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Office products. Experience with Excel, Access, online survey software, or SPSS a plus.


Application Information

  • Application Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Applications will be screened as they arrive; positions may be filled prior to this deadline.)
  • Send resume and cover letter by email to: Shaheen Rana, IDDI at shaheen [dot] rana [at] emory [dot] edu

PSYC 770: Multilevel Modeling, Spring 2021 Course

Course Description 

This seminar provides an introduction to multilevel modeling. Multilevel models, also known as mixed, hierarchical, and random-effects models, provide a conceptual framework and an analytic option for working with clustered/nested data (Aarts, Verhage, Veenvliet, Dolan, & van der Sluis, 2014). They allow researchers to study different sources of variation in the outcomes, and the effects of predictors at different and across levels.

This seminar will consider the formulation of statistical models for multilevel modeling applications. The presentations will be conceptual and the instructor will demonstrate analyses using personal computers and provide time for “hands on” practice. We will use the software programs HLM8 (Raudenbush, Bryk, Cheong, Congdon, & Du Toit, 2019), the lmer4 R (Bates, Maechler, B., & Walker, 2015) and the WinBUGS (Lunn, Thomas, Best, & Spiegelhalter, 2000) packages, and SPSS in the seminar. The prerequisite for this seminar is a course on multiple regression.

Click here to read a copy of the course syllabus. 


Meeting Information 

  • Class Hours: Tuesdays 9:40 am to 12:35 pm 
  • This class will meet synchronously 


How to Enroll 


APE Resources

Resource Summary 

As the semester winds down and you all prepare for a different winter break, the Office of Career Development has pulled together some resources for you regarding the applied practice experience (APE).  As you start to plan for this degree requirement, please refer to  the Applied Practice Experience website, which is your primary resource and guide.

The APE Portal is where you will track and receive approvals. To learn more about how to use this platform, view the APE Portal Training.

There are also career development resources and guides posted on the Career Development website as well as Handshake Resources.

Lastly, the Office of Career Development Staff has recorded a few short videos (see  below) to help you with the APE search and process. If you need individual assistance with strategizing, please schedule a one-on-one coaching session or attend a virtual walk-in session, which can be done via Handshake.


APE Video Resources