Senior Service Fellowship in the Division of Health Care Statistics


Position and organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS), Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch (AHCSB), located in Hyattsville, Maryland, is seeking a full-time Senior Service Fellow. As the nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS’ mission is to provide statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.

AHCSB conducts nationally representative surveys of hospital inpatient, emergency, and outpatient departments; ambulatory surgery centers; and office-based physicians. Visit the DHCS website for more information.

Fellowship overview

The Senior Service Fellow will work with staff from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop and conduct the electronic health record (EHR) data collection of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) participating in the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The Fellow will implement the survey, analyze survey data, prepare statistical files and related documentation for release, and prepare written reports and publications.

NCHS and HRSA have partnered to collect accurate and timely EHR data from FQHCs, the nation’s safety-net providers for primary health. The purpose of this project is to establish data collection procedures for patient visits to FQHCs through receiving and processing EHR data from a sample of FQHCs. This project will involve coordinating all activity related to the planning and operations of this project, and assisting and coordinating with other branches of the Division to process and analyze the collected data.


This fellowship is open to all citizens of the United States or legal permanent residents with a work authorization. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary work authorization. Applicants should have a master’s degree or higher in health services research, statistics, survey methods, epidemiology, or a related social science or health field. Strong methodological, analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential. Additionally, applicants should have experience working with national surveys, especially surveys of establishments. Skill in using SAS, SUDAAN, or other statistical software for complex survey data is expected.

Terms of appointment

The successful candidate will be offered an initial 13-month, full-time appointment, which may be extended by mutual agreement. An initial salary range of $87,198–$134,798 will be offered, based on education and experience. Salary increases will be commensurate with performance. Fellows are eligible for sick leave, annual leave, Thrift Savings 401(k)-equivalent, and health and life insurance. A flexible work schedule may be arranged. Free onsite parking is available, or a public transportation subsidy is available. The local subway station is within walking distance.

Application process

Applications will be accepted through April 16, 2021. Interested applicants should submit a complete packet, which includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits (if selected will need to provide official transcripts in  sealed and signed envelopes), and two reference letters (on official letterhead with original signature), to Sonja Williams at the mailing address below. Only packets that contain all of the above materials will be considered. Packets submitted by e-mail will not be considered.  Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to

Mailing address

Sonja Williams, M.P.H.
Acting Team Lead, Ambulatory Care Team
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Workstation 3548
Hyattsville, MD 20782


**CDC/NCHS is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.**

Page last reviewed: April 5, 2021