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Chicago Department of Public Health

Medical Director, HIV/STI Bureau

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking a medical director for it's HIV/STI bureau. This position is a leadership position that will provide medical and epidemiologic guidance to HIV/STI disease surveillance and prevention program activities and will provide operational leadership and clinical guidance for the STI clinics (3 sites). In 2017, CDPH announced our “Getting to Zero” plan which establishes a goal of reducing new HIV diagnoses to functional zero by 2027. Achieving this goal will not be easy but CDPH’s team and partners are determined. CDPH seeks an energetic, passionate and knowledgeable medical director to support implementation of this plan and many other priority initiatives.

Interested individuals can apply HERE.

Big Cities Health Coalition

Graduate Student Summer Internship

The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) has an opening for a graduate level intern. BCHC is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 55 million people they serve. Together, these public health officials directly affect the health and well-being of one in six Americans. BCHC is a project of The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing 2,800 local health departments

This internship is a great opportunity for masters students who are interested in public health practice and policy in large, urban public health departments around the country. It’s also a chance to work on some of the most pressing public health issues facing cities today.

Under the direction of the BCHC Deputy Director, the internship will provide a unique opportunity for students to obtain work experience to be competitive for future positions in public health, public policy, or related fields. Applicants should have experience or interest in governmental public health and/or cities and an interest in learning about how a non-profit organization organizes and implements advocacy/policy activities to further its mission.

Salary: Unpaid     


The intern will be primarily responsible for supporting Big Cities Health Coalition staff on a number of projects. Work duties may include but are not limited to: conducting Internet research; taking notes on monthly calls and/or on webinars or at sessions relevant to BCHC priorities; synthesizing and summarizing research and/or notes from events into short, digestible format for BCHC staff and membership; reviewing, editing, and proofreading written materials; identifying and posting relevant web-based resources; summarizing and developing information for internal and external dissemination (e.g. BCHC publications, electronic newsletters, and websites); drafting messages for internal/external stakeholders; coordinating logistics of monthly calls, webinars, Congressional briefings, and other events; and supporting all aspects of BCHC project portfolio as needed.


·      Current enrollment as a graduate level student in an accredited college or university with a graduate study focus on public health, public policy, or related field. Undergraduate applicants will be considered based on experience, but a preference will be given to graduate students.

·      Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 grade point scale or "Pass" on a Pass/Fail system;

·      Demonstrated knowledge of, or interest in, public health practice or policy preferred.



·      Interest in governmental public health and/or innovations happening at the city level

·      Interest in learning about how a non-profit organization organizes and implements advocacy/policy activities to further the organization’s mission

·      Preferred, not required: Familiarity with public health practice and policy and/or knowledge of the social determinants of health, health equity, or similar topics.

·      Knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment


·      Strong interpersonal skills

·      Strong organizational skills

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Medium-level computer skills with Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Word and strong Excel


·      Ability to synthesize information for written and oral reporting

·      Ability to communicate well on the phone and in person

·      Ability to multitask

·      Ability to organize work projects and complete tasks within assigned time frames

·      Ability to work effectively within teams

·      Ability to work independently as necessary to achieve high performance

·      Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy in all aspects of work


·      Negotiable and flexible between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm; approximately 20 hours per week.

·      Funding is not currently available for a stipend, but NACCHO will work to facilitate academic credit where appropriate/possible.  

·      Duration and schedule to be mutually determined by supervisor and intern;

·      Must conform to NACCHO dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures.


·      A copy of an unofficial college transcript(s) must be submitted in order to be considered. If selected, candidates will be required to provide an official transcript for review.

·      A cover letter, resume, and three professional references/recommendations should also be attached to the application.

·      Applicants must also provide a brief writing sample on a research project, professional or academic. The sample should be no more than six pages for review.

Please click HERE to apply.


Alameda County Public Health Department

Epidemiology Research Scientist

The Alameda County Public Health Department is seeking an Epidemiology Research Scientist who will help advance the department's mission to promote health and protect the public from the spread of communicable diseases. The Epidemiology Research Scientist will direct complex scientific research and program evaluation on all communicable disease and division relevant programs and services; oversee and provide direction and technical expertise for long range communicable disease epidemiology program goals, among other responsibilities. Interested candidates are free to contact Erica Pan, Director, Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at Alameda County Public Health.

Baltimore City Health Department

Director, Opioid Overdose Prevention

The Baltimore City Health Department is seeking a Director of Opioid Overdose Prevention who will work to implement BCHD's opioid overdose prevention strategy and other harm reduction initiatives. The Director will oversee, manage and coordinate all overdose-related work, serve as the primary and direct contact for communications regarding overdose efforts in Baltimore City and manage overdose and treatment related public education efforts, among other responsibilities. Interested candidates are advised to send a resume/CV and cover letter to Jeff Amoros, Deputy Chief of Staff, Baltimore City Health Department.

Columbus Public Health Department

Public Health Physician

The Columbus Public Health Department is seeking a Public Health Physician who will serve as the  as the medical director/provider for the TB program and other clinical programs.  Under general direction, this position is responsible for providing diagnosis, consultation and medical treatment to patients and/or coordinating, managing, or providing consultation and advice to specialized medical programs in the Columbus Public Health Department. This position also will be involved in medical oversight of public health responses like infectious disease investigations and outbreaks to protect the public’s health. Interested candidates are advised to send a resume/CV and cover letter to Alisha Ardolino. Contact Health Commissioner, Dr. Mysheika Roberts at 614-645-5489 or MWRoberts@columbus.gov with questions.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Deputy Public Health Officer

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is seeking a Deputy Public Health Officer to lead the Infectious Disease and Response Branch. The Deputy Public Health Officer is responsible for shaping and leading all aspects of the Infectious Disease & Response branch, including strategic direction and administrative oversight. The Deputy Public Health Officer will serve as backup for the Health Officer and Assistant Health Officers and will act as the medical/physician liaison to other County departments. Interested candidates are advised to visit www.sccjobs.org to apply.

Minneapolis Department of Health

Deputy Commissioner of Health

The Minneapolis Department of Health is seeking a Deputy Commissioner of Health who will serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the department. The Deputy Commissioner will assist the Commissioner of Health in providing leadership and direction in the Department and will be  responsible for efficient internal support operations, including oversight of research and evaluation, public health emergency preparedness, and administrative services, as well as effective enterprise relationships and coordination of key external partnerships. The Deputy Commissioner will assume responsibility for the Department in the absence of the Commissioner. Interested candidates are advised to visit here to apply. Priority will be given to those who submit an application by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.