Paid Fellowship in Small Area Estimation techniques available at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Deadline November 23, 2020

A research opportunity is currently available in Division of Population Health within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout the course of this fellowship, the participant will collaborate in a small area estimation project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the CDC Foundation. The project is an expansion of the current 500 Cities Project ( and will provide nationwide model-based estimates for a variety of chronic diseases and health-related behavior measures at small geographic area levels, such as county, incorporated place, census tract, and ZIP Code tabulation area.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will have opportunities to gain experience in advanced spatial epidemiological and statistical studies. Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Analyze data to create large small area estimation (SAE) datasets, using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the American Community Survey (ACS), and Census population counts
  • Understand and collaborate on modifications to the existing SAS code to generate the small area estimates using multilevel regression models
  • Collaborate on research studies on small area estimation topics
  • Participate and collaborate on dissemination activities, including drafting articles for journals and presentations at professional conferences

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. The final deadline is 11/23/2020.

Please contact Dr. Yan Wang ( or Dr. Susan Carlson ( if you have any questions about this fellowship.

The opportunity details can be found:

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