14 July 2008

ORISE Fellowship - USA

Application are invited for this fellowship which has a strong element of HIA.

It's at the CDC so if you're interested in broadening your horizons and spending some time doing HIA and public health work in the USA then this fellowship could be for you.

Title of Position: Physical Activity (PA) Fellow

This is a one-year position with possible future opportunities for longer-term full time employment.


The Physical Activity (PA) Fellow will work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO), Physical Activity and Health Branch on a variety of projects related to physical activity.


  • Participates as a member of various project teams working on projects focused on how the built environment is related to various health outcomes, with an emphasis on physical activity.
  • Analyze data from the Neighborhood Parks and Active Living study, a multi year study which examined physical activity in 12 parks in Atlanta.
  • Write manuscripts and reports as needed
  • Conduct Health Impact Assessments (HIA), commonly defined as “a combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population.”
  • Apply HIA to various projects and policies.
  • Serve as a key member of the interdisciplinary HIA team learning and working on numerous aspects of performing a HIA.
  • Develop partnerships and communicate effectively with non-traditional public health partners.
  • Work closely with the primary supervisor in collaborating with external partners to help advance the field of HIA in the U.S.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of data collection techniques and measurement tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, synthesize and translate qualitative and quantitative research data.
  • Demonstrated ability to write manuscripts and reports.


  • Master’s degree, or equivalent in public health or relevant field and 2 years of related experience and completion of related coursework.
  • Experience interpreting and translating research results.
  • Experience writing about health related and/or nutrition, physical activity, or weight related topics.
  • Ability to work tactfully and respectfully with a wide variety of individuals, including subject experts, internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to effectively organize a variety of complex tasks and complete them in a timely way.
  • Knowledge of nutrition, physical activity, and/or weight maintenance and weight loss a plus.

Salary dependent on qualifications. Interested applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter to Candace Rutt, Ph.D. at - crutt(a)cdc.org - by August 29, 2008.

Good luck!

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