Research and Data Associate , Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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Posted Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 3:45pm
Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 3:45pm
Job Summary: 

Reports to: Public Health Scientist and Program Manager(s)     

FLSA: HR will determine

Status: Full-time

Created/Revised: October 2019

Who we are: The mission of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable. Within PDPH, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (aka “Get Healthy Philly”), works to change policies, systems, and environments to make healthy living an easy choice for residents. The goals of our programs are to reduce obesity, smoking, and other known risk factors for chronic diseases. We are also expanding our injury prevention work, with a particular focus on reducing gun violence. The Division is especially concerned about documenting, understanding, and working to reduce disparities in health.

Our data team conducts innovative research and analysis that directly informs city policy and guides public health decisions. We provide the evidence base to answer questions like: Why do some neighborhoods have higher rates of cancer mortality than others? Are smoking rates affected by regulations on tobacco retailers? How should we evaluate Philadelphia’s recent sodium labeling law? What policies or programs have worked to reduce gun violence in other communities, and could they work in Philadelphia?

Join us! We are seeking a skilled and dynamic Research and Data Associate with experience conducting research and using evidence for decision-making. Candidates should have experience with designing and analyzing rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and have strong communication and technical writing skills.

 The Associate will plan, manage and implement data analytic activities related to the work of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention team. This will include collecting, cleaning, and managing data; performing statistical analysis; and summarizing results for scientific, policy-oriented, and public audiences. The Associate will use appropriate data sources to monitor trends, patterns, and changes in risk factors and health outcomes. Factors of interest include the health behaviors of individuals, the demographic characteristics of populations, the policy environment, and the built environment. While academic journal publications are encouraged, the primary purpose of the research is to inform and advise policymakers and the public.



  • Reviews and synthesizes existing literature on topics related to chronic conditions and injury prevention

  • Develops and fields data collection efforts, including surveys
  • Manages, cleans, analyzes, and interprets data 
  • Performs regular data matches between health-related data sources 
  • Guides research projects through Institutional Review Board approval
  • Collaborates with academic, medical, and policy partners
  • With a team, develops new research and data analysis tasks based on the Division’s needs
  • Contributes to research and data products including reports, data briefs, charts, presentations, and manuscripts
  • Works collaboratively with other Associates and Analysts to develop the analysis skills of the entire team
  • Contributes to program evaluation planning
  • Contributes to writing grants
  • Contributes to manuscript development for peer-reviewed journals
  • Participates in division meetings


  • Completion of a Master's degree in epidemiology, public policy, demography, economics, data science, or a related field. PhD preferred. 
  • Two to five years of experience in public health or social science research.
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis with statistical software such as R, Stata, or SAS.


  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Department of Public Health which has included a Bachelor’s degree as an educational minimum. 


  • Knowledge of and experience with epidemiological or social science research methods, including study design, methodology, and preparation of scientific reports
  • Ability to analyze data, write project proposals, and write technical reports
  • Ability to summarize findings for a variety of audiences, e.g. scientists, policy makers, and the public 
  • Interest in using data skills in an applied setting to advance health policy goals
  • Strong analytic abilities with statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SAS, etc.)
  • Experience with interactive data visualization and/or mapping software a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with sensitive health information
  • Able to work as a team, prioritize and handle multiple tasks and deadlines, and work independently

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Flex office schedule options available with supervisor approval.


Frequent local travel between sites to attend meetings. May occasionally travel outside the city.

Physical Demands:

Limited physical demands. Associate will work primarily in an office setting.

Salary and Benefits:

Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life,  AD&D and long term care insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
  • Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 


The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or any classification protected by federal, state or local law.


Send a cover letter and Resume. Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2019. Position will remain open until filled. 

Representatives of PDPH will be available to discuss this opportunity during the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia November 2-6.