District Open Positions

Our Rollins COVID-19 Epidemiology Fellowship position descriptions are now live! We are recruiting 10 fellows for this cohort. Applications will be accepted through April 22, 2022, so please spread the word to all early-career epidemiologists including May 2022 MPH/MSPH graduates!

Each Fellow will be an employee of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, but will spend their time working as a level 1 epidemiologist within their assigned district and receive sustained mentorship, support and training opportunities from Rollins faculty and staff. 

The goal of the fellowship program is to cultivate talented epidemiologists well-equipped to address current public health threats and eager to apply their knowledge, creativity and passion to a career in epidemiology that extends beyond COVID-19.

A week-long required training will be held at Emory (August 1-5, 2022) prior to deployment to their district site placement.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to multiple districts. Also, a cover letter is a required component of all ECRC fellowship applications. Please upload the cover letter in the “Supporting Documents” section of the application and specify in your letter which Fellowship location(s) (i.e. districts positions) you are applying to. 

Please review the following position descriptions to learn more about each district and the projects they anticipate their third cohort fellow working on!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Rollins COVID-19 Epidemiology Fellowship Program is a 2-year intensive, real-world training program in epidemiology at the local public health level. The goal of the program is to cultivate talented epidemiologists well-equipped to address current public health threats and eager to apply their knowledge, creativity and passion to a career in epidemiology that extends beyond COVID-19. 

The Fellowship program is designed for recent (within the past 3 years) Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates in epidemiology or a related concentration who are interested in the epidemiologic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in Georgia. Recent graduates from any CEPH-accredited schools or programs of public health can apply; those who attended MPH programs in Georgia or in the Southeast are particularly encouraged to apply.

Review the ten open Fellowship positions and apply to each position that you are interested in. We strongly encourage applicants to apply to more than one district.

Please provide an updated resume and a cover letter tailored to your interest in this fellowship program. Your cover letter should include any details about your training or work experience to date that make you a strong candidate for this program. You can submit the same cover letter for each posting that you apply to, but please explicitly state in your cover letter which district position(s) you are applying to.

We are receiving and reviewing applications on a rolling basis through March and April 2022. The application deadline is April 22, 2022. Initial screening interviews will happen through April, and qualified applicant information will be sent to health districts for review. Health District interviews will occur in April and May of 2022, with final decisions made in May and June.

The fellowship will officially start August 1, 2022. August 1 – 5 will be a week-long training and conference event before fellows start with their respective health district sites on August 8th.

For this August 2022 fellow cohort, 10 districts are seeking fellows.  Our goal is to place one fellow in each of these ten local health districts throughout Georgia. See the position descriptions for specific details on these locations.

Daily work is dictated by each site’s needs. The fellow’s day-to-day responsibilities are assigned by a site supervisor based on the health district’s priorities. Each fellow’s experience will vary and no two days are the same! Fellows will work within the local health district’s epidemiology team as a level 1 epidemiologist and can expect to engage with a variety of epidemiologic activities such as case and outbreak investigations, surveillance system data entry, cleaning and management, data analysis, and preparing epidemiology reports. Details about most likely activiites are provided in each district’s position description. 

In addition to regular daily duties, the Fellows need to complete an oral or poster presentation and at least two required analytic, evaluation, or quality improvement projects such as:

  • Identifying and analyzing data for community health assessments and developing programs and recommendations based on those priorities

  • Evaluating current surveillance and programmatic procedures with the intent to improve the quality, efficiency and usefulness of these procedures.

  • Disseminating public health information back to the community and local partners through newsletters, Q&A sessions, community health fairs, etc.

Fellows will be given support and training by the fellowship program in topics such as managerial techniques, epidemiologic skills, and career development.  Past trainings have covered topics like public health ethics, strengths-based career coaching, public speaking, data analysis using R, and media training.

Beyond support provided by the health district team, the fellow will be assigned an academic mentor.  This is one of the most unique aspects to our program.  The academic mentor is an Emory faculty or staff member who has professional experience working within Georgia’s public health system. Academic mentors meet regularly with their fellow mentees for group and one-on-one meetings; they are a great resource for fellows desiring career guidance, project advice or general mentorship.