Public Health Job Opportunities

UNMC 2020-2021 FWS Positions

All Federal Work Study (FWS) positions for the 2020-21 Academic Year are now posted.

A few things to know:

  • You must be eligible for FWS, according to your 2020-21 FAFSA. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact UNMC Financial Aid.
  • If you are a current/returning UNMC student, you may begin working in a position any time.
  • If you are an incoming/Fall 2020 UNMC student, your first day of work cannot be before the first day of classes (August 24th).
  • For more information about FWS, click here.
  • Reach out to the contact person for positions you are interested in, and they will provide any special application instructions.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Brenda Nickol with COPH Career Services.

View available FWS positions at UNMC here.

Program Specialist (NE DHHS)

DHHS Division of Public Health, Lifespan Health Services Unit is looking for a Program Specialist to work with the Nebraska-Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (N-MIECHV) Program!

This program is a Child Abuse Prevention program that supports vulnerable families as they navigate pregnancy and raising their child.  N-MIECHV programs across the state implement evidence-based home visiting, and our team administers state-level program funding and guidance.

Director, Division of Intramural Population Health Research

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH, is recruiting for an outstanding individual to lead and direct the activities of its Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR).

View the full Announcement, including summary of the duties of the position and the application requirements, online here.

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.

Program CQI Specialist

Nebraska Children’s Home Society is seeking a Program CQI Specialist.

Responsible for monitoring the home visitation programs to fidelity, assisting in program evaluation, and providing continuous quality improvement services to support successful outcomes for children & families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1.      Ensure systems are in place for data collection and data management for the home visitation programs.

2.      Oversee data collection and management for the purpose of program fidelity, evaluation, reporting outcomes, and maintaining accreditation. 

3.      Compile data and create reports for internal and external use for reporting on program performance and quality metrics from multiple sources.  Assist in the analysis of program evaluation and identifying quality improvement areas.

4.      Develop and ensure implementation of the quality assurance plan for the home visitation program.

5.      Conduct quarterly client file reviews. 

6.      Conduct quality review of fidelity components to ensure compliance with evidence-based models.

7.      Collaborate with the home visitation team and represent the program on NCHS Quality Council.

8.      Attend and support the advisory group to look at quality improvement for the programs.

9.      Manage the accreditation activities for the home visitation programs.

10.  Provide reports monthly and maintain open communication with supervisor; participates in meetings and calls requested by supervisor.

11.  Support systematic change projects to achieve quality improvement goals.

12.  Assist in providing training related to quality improvement as requested by supervisor.

Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Participation in management activities as required
  2. Commitment to NCHS mission, vision, values and strategic goals; 
  3. Commitment to NCHS CQI initiatives;
  4. Maintain a positive and cooperative relationship with all internal and external professionals;
  5. Participation in agency committees as assigned;
  6. Complete required training for fidelity monitoring and maintain any credentials required.
  7. As required for fidelity monitoring, completion of ongoing education each year specifically related to the position;
  8. Ongoing compliance with all contract and grant position requirements;
  9. Positive representation of NCHS in all community settings;
  10. Adherence to confidentiality policies;
  11. Demonstration of respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity;
  12. Other duties as assigned by the CQI, Compliance & Grants Director.                     

Qualifications and Requirements:

1.      Minimum education and experience:

a.       Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Public Administration or related field, Master’s degree preferred.

b.      Must have at least three (3) years of relevant experience, working in child welfare or prevention or intervention programming for children & families.

c.       Experience in program evaluation, benchmarking, developing dashboards and other data reports, and quality improvement required

d.      Experience in Healthy Families America®, other home visitation programs, or other evidence-based programming for children and families preferred.

e.       Experience in managing grants or contracts preferred.

2.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

a.       Strong passion to serve children and families and make a positive impact in their lives by supporting program staff; 

b.      A solid understanding and experience in quality assurance/continuous quality improvement programming;

c.       Knowledge of family functioning and infant-child development, parent-child attachment family functioning, community resources, prevention strategies, and advocacy.

d.      Ability to synthesize various requirements, fidelity components, best practices and technical instruction and communicate with others for successful program implementation;

e.       Ability to write clearly, concisely, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

f.        Proficiency in Word, Excel, Power Point and calendaring software and willingness to learn and utilize NCHS software and hardware systems;

g.      Excellent attention to detail and ability to proofread;

h.      Ability to communicate effectively and professionally;

i.        Ability to organize, problem-solve, and work as a part of a team, as well as independently;

j.        Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines;

k.      Skill and ability to develop logical and innovative solutions; and

l.        Possess driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance

View the full job description and application instructions online here.