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CDC Epidemiology & Data Management Fellowship

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Research Project: This fellowship offers the opportunity to gain experience in public health surveillance. With 23 participating metropolitan project areas throughout the United States, the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system collects and reports data on three populations at increased risk for HIV infection: men who have sex with men, persons who inject drugs and heterosexually active persons at increased risk for HIV in the United States. NHBS data are used to monitor issues affecting these populations, which include describing racial disparities, reporting HIV prevalence and awareness, exploring the prevalence HIV-related risk behaviors, such as drug use and sex, and examining access to HIV testing, care and prevention. NHBS collects data through personal interviews and HIV testing and is the only national source of data on HIV-negative members of high-risk populations. Experience through this fellowship will focus on bio-behavioral surveillance and data management activities as part of NHBS.

Learning Objectives

  • Participate in the analysis and management of data collected using respondent driven sampling (RDS), venue-based sampling (VBS), and other methods.
  • Contribute to the management and development of data documentation, reports, analysis, and questionnaire data quality for bio-behavioral surveillance, which incorporates the use of RDS, VBS, and other methods.
  • Write SAS programs to conduct data analyses and manage data.
  • Review data entered by health departments and field sites to identify and resolve data quality issues.
  • Contribute to the coordination of NHBS implementation activities.
  • Learn about sampling and testing methods for a large, multi-site surveillance program.
  • Conduct data analyses and participate in preparation of reports and articles for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in the development of guidance documents for NHBS.
  • Research technical issues that arise from data collection and management processes.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Kathryn Lee ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 7, 2021.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code (CDC-NCHHSTP-2021-0236) for this opportunity.