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Emerging Infections Program Intern, Georgia DPH


The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population. Georgia is also one of ten Emerging Infections Program sites that participates in enhanced surveillance for foodborne and invasive bacterial infections. 

DPH is looking for a current MPH student or an incoming MPH-seeking student to assist in patient interviewing, data entry, data collection, data management, medical chart reviews, and other clerical work. The position includes calling cases and controls to conduct interviews related to communicable disease surveillance, special studies, and outbreaks during weekday, weeknight, and weekend hours. Data entry and management will include various databases including Excel, Access, and the Georgia electronic notifiable disease system. Although the person filling this position will have the opportunity to learn about notifiable disease surveillance in general, notifiable enteric and invasive bacterial disease surveillance conducted by the Emerging Infections Program will be the focus.


How to Apply 

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Office of Science Intern, CDC


This position will be Part-Time and the student will telework 100% of the time as CDC currently remains in full-time telework status. The CDC Office of Science (OS), Office of Scientific Integrity (OSI) safeguards the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) science and research activities by protecting the rights and welfare of people who participate in CDC-sponsored research; providing guidance and consultation to safeguard individual privacy and confidentiality; facilitating clearance of CDC-sponsored data collections; and providing leadership, tools, technical assistance, and training related to the various ethical and regulatory obligations that govern CDC scientists’ work. The student will have the opportunity to learn about how CDC promotes quality, integrity, and innovation in science to improve the public’s health.


Duties and Responsibilities

The student will participate in various activities conducted by OS/OSI, including assisting with activities that ensure CDC research and data collections are conducted in ways that are consistent with regulatory obligations and ethical principles, assisting with efforts to evaluate and enhance OS/OSI training activities, and assisting with efforts to build upon and measure progress towards OSI, Office of Science, and CDC strategic priorities. In addition, there will be opportunities for the student to contribute towards developing and improving OS/OSI information collection systems, including systems that track compliance with regulatory requirements and other OSI-related databases.


How to Apply 

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Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Global Safe WASH

Project Summary

The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) is seeking Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) with strong data skills to support one of the existing projects: The Accelerating Cholera Prevention, Preparedness, and Control in Kenya through Hotspot Mapping, Genotyping, Exposure Assessment, and WASH+OCV Interventions (AChoPACE) study is aimed at using hot spot mapping to assess exposure to fecal contamination, specifically Vibrio Cholerae in urban informal settlements to design and implement integrated intervention strategies. 


Student Role 

Under the guidance of CGSW faculty and staff, the GRA will assist with database development, monitoring the data collection and data quality, data manipulation and analysis, data visualization, and publications.



  • Applicants must have good knowledge of public health, statistics, and computer programming.  
  • Skills: intermediate skill in R/SAS and knowledge about ODK/mobile data collection are required.


How to Apply    

Please send your CV and an e-mail describing your interest, background, and availability during Fall 2020 semester to Habib Yakubu (habib [dot] yakubu [at] emory [dot] edu) and Sarah Durry (sarah [dot] elias [dot] durry [at] emory [dot] edu).

Graduate Research Assistant – Data Manager, RSPH

Role Description

The Lopman Lab team conducts research globally and in the United States with research targeted at diarrheal diseases, specifically those caused by rotavirus and norovirus. More recently, this research has also focused on COVID-19. We employ a range of approaches including field studies, statistical analysis, and dynamic mathematical modeling to address public health policy relevant research questions.

We are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to work on a project examining social mixing patterns that are relevant to transmission of COVID-19 in nursing homes. The project will collect and analyze social mixing patterns of workers in several nursing homes in the Atlanta area in order to better parameterize infectious disease models, and thus evaluate COVID-19 interventions.

The GRA will assist with data collection and management in REDCap. The candidate must reside in the Atlanta area to assist with data collection and the schedule is approximately 20 hours per week.



  • Proficient in REDCap.
  • Ability to work well independently and efficiently.
  • Self-motivation and a high level of responsibility to complete tasks in a timely manner and make significant progress with limited supervision from doctoral student mentors.
  • Attention to detail and time management skills.
  • Data management skills. 


How to Apply

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*This position is REAL eligible but not required*

Student Assistant, CDC

Opportunity Description

The CDC Prion and Public Health Office (within the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases) is looking for assistance from an MPH (epidemiology) student who has finished the first year of study. This is a part-time, paid position (not work-study) that will include helping with epidemiologic projects through data entry, literature searches, and SAS analysis.


Application Information

Interested students may contact Ryan Maddox at rmaddox [at] cdc [dot] gov for additional information.

Note that the ongoing pandemic will obviously affect the hiring, onboarding, and training process.



Community Engagement & Recruitment Team, Hope Clinic

Opportunity Description

Join the Community Engagement and Recruitment Team at Emory’s Hope Clinic! They are looking for a few candidates to join their team and help recruit for ongoing sexual health clinical trial studies. Duties include recruiting, screening, identifying, and interviewing participants for data collection in clinical research projects. Positions are available for temporary, full- and part-time work.

How to Apply 


Research Assistant, EpiModel Research Lab

Lab Description 

The EpiModel Research Lab at Emory, led by Assistant Professor Samuel Jenness in the Department of Epidemiology (, develops innovative epidemiological methods and software tools ( to investigate infectious disease transmission dynamics. 

Our research areas are at the intersection of mathematical modeling, infectious disease epidemiology, network science, health economics, and computer science. We solve public health problems related to the drivers of transmission of infectious diseases and the optimal strategies for their prevention & control. Our current applied research focus includes both sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis) and respiratory infectious diseases (TB, SARS-CoV-2, influenza).

Past EpiModel RAs have used their experiences with our lab to successfully advance to the next stage of their public health careers as PhD doctoral students, CDC fellows, and data analyst staff. EpiModel RAs have also directly grown their CVs by co-authoring scientific articles with lab members that have been published in the top epidemiology and infectious disease journals.


Opportunity Descriptions 

We are currently hiring multiple Research Assistants to support both the technical work and the project management of our research portfolio.

The Scientific RA would perform these duties:

  • Software code development and review, including computational optimization techniques for existing code and unit testing new code;
  • Literature reviews and summaries related to the research products;
  • Analysis, summarization, and writing of results.

The Project Management RA would perform these duties:

  • Organization and maintenance of our online repositories for the project, including management of the Github study home and study websites
  • Coordination of meetings and work across our study sites at Emory University, University of Washington, University of Minnesota, and Northwestern University
  • Editing scientific products, including journal articles, software documentation, and workshop materials.

Both RA positions may be performed entirely through remote work (online).


Application Details 

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  • Applications for this position will be accepted from students who have qualified for REAL program and those who have not.
    • If you have qualified for REAL, please indicate that in your application cover letter; we will ask for verification of REAL status if we proceed with an interview.
  • Please submit a cover letter explaining your interests in the position and a current CV.
    • In your cover letter, you should specify which RA position you are interested in, and detail all experiences or skills specifically related to job duties outlined above.



Data Analyst Intern – Chronic Viral Diseases Branch, CDC

Opportunity Description

In light of the COVID-19 situation, it is expected that this position will largely involve telework, subject to CDC’s most current flexibility policies. The student should have sufficient resources to work remotely and independently (adequate computing equipment, electronic library access, etc.). Presentations will be given via Zoom (or some other technology easily accessible to CDC employees). If the situation improves, it may be possible to hold in-person meetings and presentations, although it is likely that presentations will continue to be given via Zoom/or other technology. The position is located within the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch at CDC. The core activity of the human Immunology team is to conduct assays to monitor human papillomavirus antibody response to natural infection or vaccination.


Duties and Responsibilities 

As part of the team, the analyst will help streamline and automate by creating scripts to handle specific areas of data management, analysis and reporting in support of national and international HPV seroepidemiology and vaccine implementation studies. The analyst will have the opportunity to observe a public health lab in action as well as participate/attend in branch and CDC-wide scientific seminars. It would be beneficial if the applicant had knowledge and skills in R and Microsoft Excel. The position will help develop on core public health competencies of Analytical Skills, Communication skills, leadership and thinking skills. 


How to Apply 

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Graduate Research Assistant: Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on PLWH in Atlanta, Emory

Role Description

African Americans in Georgia are disproportionately impacted by HIV, comprising 72% of the total number of individuals with HIV disease in this state. Tragically, African Americans who have contracted SARS-CoV-2 also bear a disproportionate burden of death from COVID-19. The overlap of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the HIV epidemic creates a syndemic (or the aggregation of two or more concurrent or sequential epidemics interacting synergistically and contributing to excess burden of disease in a population) for African Americans with HIV.

By using quantitative and qualitative data gathering and syndemic and community-based participatory approaches, this research project seeks to understand how perceived susceptibility to COVID-19 morbidity and mortality affect the health seeking behaviors of African Americans with HIV. This project is a new collaboration between a multi-disciplinary and ethnically diverse group of HIV investigators affiliated with the Emory University and Healthcare Systems. Our team includes medical doctors, epidemiologists, and social and education scientists who are committed to a collaborative approach in which community members are seen as partners in the research process.

The student will be presented the opportunity develop, improve, and refine qualitative research skills in project implementation, management, and analysis.


The REAL Student will assist with the following activities:

  • Development of qualitative research tools through the creation of a focus group discussion guide to be used during data collection.
  • Data collection during focus group discussions between the research team and project participants.
  • Iterative editing to focus group discussion guides used during qualitative data collection.
  • Communicating with potential research participants through recruitment and focus group scheduling.
  • Conducting informed consent conversations with research participants and obtaining consent from research participants.
  • Scheduling of data collection, logging of data collected, incentives tracking, and overall management of research materials in collaboration with the research team and primary investigators.
  • Participation in regular team update meetings.
  • Development of qualitative codebook for use during analysis.
  • Assistance with focus group discussion transcription review.
  • Qualitative coding of focus group discussion transcriptions.
  • Presentation of qualitative analysis research findings and results; participation in manuscript drafting and preparation.


This REAL position will enhance student skills in:

  • Qualitative research methods including development of qualitative data collection tools, qualitative coding and analysis.
  • Qualitative research analysis and results presentation
  • Participant recruitment and effective communication with study participants. This would include explaining the research study to participants as well as obtaining informed consent from research participants.
  • Preparation of research articles and/or conference abstracts/presentations for submission.


Ideal REAL Student Qualities:

  • Current 2nd year MPH student, or 1st year with significant Qualitative research experience, at Rollins School of Public Health
  • Concentration in Epidemiology, Global Health, or Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Interest in and understanding of qualitative research methods and analysis. Experience in either strongly desired.
  • Strong independent working skills alongside ability to work efficiently in a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to participate in the facilitation of virtual and in-person focus group discussions
  • Willingness to be flexible


How to Apply 

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Surveillance Research Intern, American Cancer Society

Role Description

The Surveillance Research group within the intramural research department at the American Cancer Society conducts research and disseminates information on cancer occurrence to strengthen the scientific basis for cancer control nationally and globally. This position is remote eligible. 


Duties and Responsibilities 

The student hired will conduct literature reviews; analyze population-based cancer incidence and mortality data in SEER*Stat; create tables and figures for Cancer Facts & Figures and other scientific publications using Excel, Origin, and Word; assist in scientific writing; proofread scientific information for publication; assist with presentation of scientific information using Powerpoint.

Required Skills 

  • Data analysis experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Skills 

  • Familiarity with SEER*Stat; experience in cancer surveillance research
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Origin.

How to Apply 

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