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Assignee Application

The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program (MCHEP) is a collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Program’s mission is to promote effective public health action for improving the health and well-being of women, children and families by building MCH epidemiology and data capacity at the state, local, and tribal levels. The mission is accomplished by developing MCH epidemiology leaders, promoting peer exchange among professionals in the field, and providing training and education. 

The MCHEP has had a significant impact on building state, local, and tribal MCH capacity through the placement of MCH epidemiology leaders. The Program provides direct assistance to public health agencies, to develop and promote the analytic capability of public health agencies and the MCH field.

CDC's MCHEP recruits doctoral level, senior MCH Epidemiologists/Health Scientists to assign to state public health agencies.  Over the last two decades, the MCH EPI Program has assigned more than 36 career epidemiologists to 33 states, and 6 other public health agencies and organizations (including Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, CityMatCH, U.S./Mexico border region, and the Indian Health Service). Assignments are prioritized for states with limited MCH epidemiology capabilities. Click on assignee state for bio and overview. Several federal mechanisms exist for hiring/transferring a potential CDC employee assigned to a state public health agency.

We currently have several positions available for assignment. Salary is based on training and experience.  Applicants must meet the minimum criteria listed below:

  • MD/MPH, PhD, or DrPH, and two years post-degree experience
  • Strong content background, experience, and skills in MCH
  • Strong experience/training in MCH epidemiology/quantitative analysis
  • Experience in state/local public health agencies
  • Knowledge and experience in writing for peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Experience in presenting at national/regional meetings/conferences
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary scientific/public health environment
  • Previous public health leadership experience

The application materials are as follows: a current CV, two letters of reference/recommendation, at least two scientific products (i.e., peer reviewed articles, abstracts, or dissertation work), and responses to essay questions. The minimum criteria for the maternal and child health epidemiology assignee position may be helpful for those individuals providing your letters of reference.

If you are interested in applying, please email all application materials and a review packet will be assembled for you. Letters of recommendation may be included in your electronic packet or you may have them sent separately by email. 

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