This position is Federal Grant Funded and is subject to available grant funds. 

The position is temporary and intended for a student enrolled in an accredited public health degree program as the intention of the job duties is to provide applied public health knowledge and skills.

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Professional Healthcare Worker within the Epidemiology Section in Atlanta, Georgia.

Won’t you join us?

Job Responsibilities:

The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for a current MPH student or an incoming MPH-seeking student to assist in patient interviewing, data entry, data collection, data management, medical chart reviews, and other clerical work. The position includes calling cases and controls to conduct interviews related to communicable disease surveillance, special studies, and outbreaks. Data entry and management responsibilities will include using various databases, such as Excel, Access, and the Georgia electronic notifiable disease system. Although the person filling this position will have the opportunity to learn about notifiable disease surveillance in general, the focus will be following up on reportable enteric disease cases and invasive bacterial disease surveillance conducted by the Emerging Infections Program.

The incumbent will be employed for approximately 15-20 hours per week.  The pay will be $15 an hour.  Currently, this position will work remotely in accordance with COVID-19 prevention guidance. The schedule is flexible, but the employee must conduct interviews, enter data, and perform other activities at the Department of Public Health offices in downtown Atlanta during normal business hours for more than half of the total weekly work time when in-person work resumes.  Additional interviews and duties can be conducted during weeknight and weekend hours.  This job can potentially include more hours during the summer and holiday breaks.

The position could fulfill MPH practicum requirements.  As part of a practicum experience, the student will:

  • Gain an understanding of how notifiable disease surveillance functions.
  • Understand how outbreak investigations are conducted.
  • Have an opportunity to analyze notifiable disease surveillance, study, and/or outbreak data.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree AND one year of work related experience,


Four years of work related experience at an executive level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Student seeking MPH or related degree from an accredited degree program
  • Experience working with databases
  • Experience conducting interviews
  • Spanish speaking

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.