Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Internship, Georgia DPH

Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Internship, Georgia DPH


This is temporary or hourly paid work performing professional health care services. Positions in this job are established for less than 9 months or scheduled for less than 30 hours per week and are not eligible for benefits if the position status is temporary (i.e., SCOA 513). Positions in this job are established for greater than 9 months and scheduled for greater than 30 hours per week if the position status is permanent labor (i.e., SCOA 512). Normally permanent labor positions are eligible for Health Insurance benefits.

This internship could also be used for a student’s practicum and/or thesis.


Job Responsibilities

The Georgia Department of Public Health 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. Data entry and management responsibilities will include using various databases, such as 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, the focus will be following up on reportable vaccine-preventable diseases (i.e. diphtheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, and varicella). The position is temporary and intended for a student enrolled in an accredited public health degree program as the intention of the job duties is to provide applied public health knowledge and skills.


Position Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be employed for approximately 15-20 hours per week.  The pay will be $14 an hour.  The schedule is flexible, but the employee must conduct interviews, enter data, and perform other activities at the Department of Public Health offices in downtown Atlanta during normal business hours for more than half of the total weekly work time.  During the current COVID-19 response, the intern can perform job duties remotely. Additional interviews and duties can be conducted during weeknight and weekend hours.  This job can potentially include more hours during the summer and holiday breaks.  The position could fulfill MPH practicum requirements.  As part of a practicum experience, the student will:

  1. Gain an understanding of how notifiable disease surveillance functions.
  2. Understand how outbreak investigations are conducted.
  3. Have an opportunity to analyze notifiable disease surveillance, study, and/or outbreak data.  


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and one year of work related experience OR four years of work related experience at an executive level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Student seeking Master in Public Health or related degree from an accredited degree program.
  • Experience working with databases.
  • Experience conducting interviews


How to Apply 

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