Public Health Job Opportunities

HRSA Maternal & Child Health Bureau positions for recent graduates and student interns

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has posted two positions for recent graduates and two opportunities for student interns:

Public Health Analyst (a COPH graduate has done this program, and had a great experience–he actually has stayed on with MCHB): []

Management Analyst: []

HRSA Pathways Office Automation Clerk Student Intern, Rockville (GS-0399-1/4): []

HRSA Pathways Student Intern – Medical /Health, Rockville (GS-0699-5/7): []

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Since 1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities.

This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies to engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in a variety of fields, such as public policy, foreign policy, business administration, engineering, science, technology, public health, cybersecurity, and more.

The PMF Program seeks eligible graduate students every year who want to make a difference through public service. 

The selection process for the Presidential Management Fellows Program consists of the following:

  1. Application
  2. On-Line Assessment
  3. Finalist Selection
  4. Agency Placement as a Fellow

More information about application and selection is available on the PMF website, at

If you are interested in federal employment, you should consider this program (many fellows go on to secure a permanent position). Recent years have seen a number of public health related positions, and we expect to see even more this year.

The website has a lot of helpful information for applicants on the Become a PMF tab. This year the application will be open from September 30th – October 14th.

Project Associate

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) ( is accepting applications for a Project Associate to work with their technical research program – the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC).  

About ECOS

ECOS is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental leaders. The purpose of ECOS is to improve the environmental capabilities of state environmental agencies and their leaders to protect and improve human health and the environment of the United States. To facilitate that, ECOS staff work with state environmental directors to champion the role of states, provide for the exchange of ideas, foster cooperation and coordination, and articulate state positions to federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

About ITRC

The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition of public and private sector members working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. ITRC produces documents and training that broaden technical knowledge and expedite quality regulatory decision-making while protecting human health and the environment.

Job Description
Primary responsibilities include:
·     Assist technical teams with environmental research including state surveys and outreach
·     Generate team products such as videos, presentation materials, and informational sheets
·     Create ITRC team guidance materials to support successful team management
·     Maintain ITRCS presence at relevant conferences and meetings
·     Manage communication on ITRC social media and the ITRC website
·     Write news items and newsletters and handle communication with other state associations
·     Identify new funding opportunities and develop grants for new funding resources
·     Solicit partners and assist in proposal development for new ITRC teams
·     Develop Board materials, meeting minutes, and manage ad-hoc subcommittee meetings
·     Manage ITRC meeting tasks such as registration, meeting materials, webinars, app development, and provide on-site meeting support  

Minimum Qualifications
·     Undergraduate communications, journalism, or environmental degree with two to three years post-graduate professional experience.
·     Excellent internal and external oral and written communication and organization skills.
·     Ability to work independently on project work and as a team member with colleagues.
·     High degree of personal accountability, professionalism, accountability, and motivation.
·     Ability to work on many projects simultaneously and to prioritize tasks.
·     Knowledge of marketing techniques and communicating on professional social media.    

The annual salary for this position is dependent upon qualifications and ranges from $45,000 to $55,000. Competitive benefits provided. This is a full time, non-exempt position in Washington D.C. with the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.   

To Apply To apply for this position, send a resume and cover letter by May 25, 2020 to Patricia Reyes, ITRC Director at ECOS is an equal opportunity employer. Position will remain open until filled.   

HHS Maternal and Child Health Performance Measurement and Evaluation Fellowship

Deadline; 6/3/20 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER), in the Division of Epidemiology, of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) located in Rockville, Maryland

The mission of OER is to: 1) Build data capacity at the national, State and local levels; 2) Strengthen the present and future workforce in maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology and research; 3) Support applied research to ensure that MCH initiatives are evidence-based and reflect the state-of-the-science; and 4) Disseminate information and strengthen the evidence base in MCH.

OER plays a central role in MCHB through its support for performance measurement, data analysis, research, and evaluation activities across the bureau. Specifically, the Division of Epidemiology (DE) provides technical assistance and scientific consultation to all of MCHB’s divisions and offices across the lifecourse of program development, implementation, management, and performance assessment. In order to optimize this work, DE assigns a senior level epidemiologist or health services researcher to each MCHB division and office in order to customize the technical assistance provided to them. The selected participant will be paired with one of these senior staff members to observe, learn from, and apply new analytic and methodological approaches within the parameters of “real life” programmatic and policy decision making processes. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following four areas:

  • Participate in research and analytic support, as appropriate, to selected programs and initiatives (e.g., Healthy Start, Home Visiting and related maternal health investments) to improve the development, implementation and/or monitoring of selected MCHB investments. Activities may be requested by the MCHB Performance Measurement and Data Council Chair, OER leadership and senior staff, and by the MCHB Office of the Associate Administrator and other MCHB Offices and Divisions.
  • Contribute to research, analytic, and technical support to assess MCHB performance measurement and evaluation activities designed to quantify the impact of MCHB investments.
  • Participate in support for the annual National Survey of Children’s Health, including data checks and analyses, communications with experts, and review and comment on content and design decisions.
  • Collaborate with MCHB scientists and MCH experts on data analyses and presentations of the data to support HRSA’s and MCHB’s vision and mission.  Analyses utilizing MCHB-supported data will be prioritized and may result in manuscripts, data briefs and other materials of publishable quality.

Learning Goals and Objectives for this project include, but are not limited to:

  • Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Train in support of research, analyses and synthesis of performance measurement and/or evaluation data for major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, e.g., Healthy Start
  • Train in support of research and analyses of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health resulting in publishable written products, including a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal
  • Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of how a major national survey is designed and implemented on an annual basis
  • Refine data processing and analyses skills utilizing SAS/SUDAAN or STATA
  • Refine and expand written and oral communicative skills and competencies

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and HHS. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at HHS in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits


The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by July 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Coursework and/or professional experience in maternal and child health, program evaluation, performance measurement, and policy analysis
  • Assessment and/or program development and management as related to the health of maternal and child populations
  • Data analyses using statistical processing software packages, such as STATA or SAS
  • Ability to critically search and synthesize scientific literature
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

View the position and apply online here.

ORISE Epidemiology position

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) ensures Navy and Marine Corps Readiness through leadership in prevention of disease and promotion of health. Through the ORISE program, the NMCPHC provides opportunities to participate in on-going applied research and development projects in the areas of Environmental Health, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene, and Laboratory Services. Continue reading “ORISE Epidemiology position”