• Public Health Program Associate

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Public Health
    SPH: Epidemiology
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Business Operations
  • Description


    Under limited supervision, uses a basic knowledge of public health principles to analyze, develop, implement, and promote new and creative strategies and solutions to address public health issues and challenges. Addresses public health issues by providing education, technical assistance, advocacy, public awareness, and research. Works with programs or studies designed to evaluate the prevalence or surveillance of public health issues and the effectiveness of targeted interventions. May provide technical assistance to organizations to include presentations, web-based resources, strategies, and educational forums to address specific public health issues. May work with clinical study sites on patient recruitment and data collection standards. Assists with data collection and data analysis. Contributes to proposals, protocols, data analysis plans, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings. May assist in designing, developing, and conducting targeted training initiatives. May collaborate with external organizations to develop action plans and goals to achieve specific objectives. Performs related responsibilities as required.


    • Master’s in Public Health or related field from an accredited school.  
    • Experience with international research projects is preferred.
    • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a geographically dispersed team.
    • Accuracy and attention to detail is required.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
    • Must have excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
    • Ability to work effectively in teams.
    • Knowledge of research study design, epidemiology and biostatistics.  
    • Must have the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
    • Ability and desire to travel internationally multiple times per year to study sites, to support the needs of the project.
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite applications.


    This position is a 1-year appointment that reports to an Atlanta-based Principal Investigator (PI) and requires 30-35% travel to Ethiopia and Kenya  for monitoring project progress. The employee will interface with research and administrative staff at Emory Rollins School of Public Health and with collaborating partners based at Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kenya), and DeKalb County Board of Health (Atlanta, USA).  Specific job responsibilities include:
    • Provide principal administrative and research support to the Principal Investigator in the administration and implementation of multiple NIH funded projects and their completion
    • Be responsible for communication across research sites and collaborating agencies based in the U.S., Ethiopia and Kenya, including daily emails, and biweekly video/teleconferences
    • Serve as a point of contact and interact with the study personnel at the study sites to ensure smooth integration of the study into the clinical and programmatic setting
    • Facilitate with compliance to all aspects of the project protocols and develop standard operating procedures (SOPs)
    • Track screening, enrollment and follow-up visits of study participants
    • Prepare and present periodic progress reports, meeting agendas and minutes, and action items to document project progress and next steps in regular team meetings with the Study Investigators and other Key Personnel
    • Develop and monitor implementation of project work plans
    • Review study database and develop data reports to track study progress
    • Work with the site study staff to monitor accuracy and completeness of data collection and data entry to ensure quality data management
    • Conduct monitoring at all sites (Ethiopia, Kenya and Atlanta) of project progress including complete chart reviews and all project activities
    • Prepare and send daily notes to the Principal Investigator and other Key Personnel during trips to Ethiopia and Kenya, detailing study activities
    • Support a team of 12-15 staff in Ethiopia and Kenya by providing targeted support and training to ensure accurate completion of all projects
    • Prepare and submit ethics applications, including amendments and annual renewals to the Emory Institutional Review Board (IRB); oversee ethics applications at all relevant site IRBs
    • Review project ledgers and track expenses
    • Prepare agendas for and lead project team meetings, write and distribute minutes
    • Lead biweekly conference calls with Kenya and Ethiopia site staff
    • Complete additional research duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator and Key Personnel


    A master's degree in public health, a master's of science degree in public health or health education, or a master's in development practice from an accredited school.

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