Health Communication Division

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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Application Deadline
5/27/2019 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time Zone

A fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Health Communications/eHealth Division in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), and under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Rockville, Maryland.

OASH provides leadership to the nation on public health and science matters, and communicates on these subjects to the American people. OASH is a staff division in HHS that performs both policy and program roles and is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), whose chief mission is promoting, protecting and improving the nation’s health. (For additional information, please visit: ODPHP has been leading the alignment of disease prevention and health promotion activities across the Department for more than 30 years. Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree within the last five years and professional experience in communication, health communication, new media and eLearning are encouraged to apply.

There is an ORISE fellowship opportunity for a health communication and/or digital communication fellow who is interested in applying this knowledge in a federal public health policy office.  The fellow will be involved as a member of the Division of Health Communication and eHealth. The division is responsible for: managing; developing and maintaining public and private sector partnerships; conducting evaluation research projects; developing medical school curriculum on health literacy and prevention; promoting and coordinating implementation of The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, the Health Literate Care Model and the Health Literate Organization; coordinating the Healthy People 2020 and 2030 health communication and health IT objectives; and coordinating the HHS Health Literacy Workgroup.  The Division of Health Communication and eHealth division seeks a Health Communication and eHealth fellow with familiarity in health communication, health literacy, health education, and digital media management. 

The fellow will be involved in a variety of interagency health communication, health literacy activities, and policies in which ODPHP is engaged.  The ORISE fellow may have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

• Coordinating prevention and health literacy initiatives among: Multiple HHS Agencies, including CDC, FDA, NIH, AHRQ, etc.; private sector partners; and nonprofit organizational partners, including CDC, FDA, NIH, AHRQ, etc.; private sector partners; and nonprofit organizational partners.
• Building and maintaining relationships with subject matter experts across HHS Departments in support of Division priorities.
• Developing, reviewing, and editing easy-to-use, actionable prevention content suitable for health education curricula, presentations, webinars and other interactive offerings.
• Assisting and reviewing the publication of multimedia products to improve health literacy, promote wellness, and encourage productive patient/provider interactions.
• Contributing to, and supporting the development of educational curricula for medical students, public health professionals and other audiences.
• Supporting the development of promotional materials and outreach activities for federal and non-federal partners.
• Supporting the design of research projects.
• Supporting the department's development of briefs and white papers, reports, and peer reviewed research articles based upon the division’s activities.
• Developing targeted presentations of division products and services to relevant members of the public health, health communication and health communities and/or the general public.
• Developing, implementing, reviewing, and editing online and social media content, for professionals and the public.
• Keeping track of relevant projects according to budget and timeline.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and HHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at HHS in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

  • A master's or doctorate degree in public health, pharmacology, or a closely related field, received within the last five years.

Preference will be given to candidates with familiarity in a health or public health communications arena, a demonstrated involvement in a dynamic, team-oriented environment, and exhibiting flexibility in response to changing situations. Applicants must have excellent writing skills and must demonstrate ability to present information, both orally and written, for various audiences in clear and concise formats. Strong organizational and management skills are also required. Candidates should be self-motivated and resourceful. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to take a writing test.


Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )