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Research Opportunity Description

Epidemiologic Communication and Writing Fellowship
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases
Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA


Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases within the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch (EDEB) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

EDEB leads CDC’s epidemiology work in preventing illness caused by bacterial intestinal pathogens, including monitoring trends in illness and antimicrobial resistance, investigating outbreaks, and identifying food and non-food sources. The illnesses targeted include highly resistant Salmonella bloodstream infections, botulism, kidney failure from E. coli infection, miscarriages from Listeria infection, and many others. EDEB works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. EDEB publishes both highly technical data and also consumer-friendly information; these materials are used by regulatory agencies, industry, consumer groups, and the public.

Under the guidance of a collaborative team of epidemiologists, health communicators, and web developers, the selected participant may be involved in the following opportunities:

  • Coordinating the writing and dissemination of web-based information during outbreaks
  • Streamlining the process for posting reports of surveillance data
  • Serving as an internal liaison between the branch and other communicators in the Division and with external groups, e.g., regulatory agencies, consumer groups, and the media
  • Improving the structure and content of the branch’s websites
  • Assisting in the communication of data on bacterial diarrheal illnesses and on antibiotic resistance
  • Tackling complex, high-profile tasks, requiring attention to detail, ability to multitask, and ability to work with many different groups
  • Translating scientific language for various audiences and building relationships with individuals and groups using various communication platforms.  
  • Responding to day-to-day technical communication needs of the branch

The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The appointment is for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience. The participant must show proof of insurance. The appointment is full-time at the CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A Master’s degree in public health or a related field with training or experience in health communication, or a Master’s degree in communication with applied public health experience received within the last five years.
  • Strong writing ability is necessary.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of Please reference CDC-NCEZID-2014-0055 in all communications.