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Endowed Professorship in Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Epidemiology

GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health
Washington D.C.
Commensurate with rank and experience
Posted Date
Mar 7, 2023

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University (GW) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of the George Washington University Endowed Professorship in Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology.  The successful candidate will be a leader in public health education with a robust extramural research portfolio who has the passion and knowledge to leverage the Department’s existing strengths for expansion into the future.  The School seeks a Chair with exemplary leadership skills who is committed to advancing the Department’s tripartite mission of education, research, and service, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

About the Department of Epidemiology: Administering one of the largest MPH programs at the School of Public Health, the Department of Epidemiology integrates educational programs with a rapidly growing research portfolio. Graduate students in two Masters programs (MPH in Epidemiology, MS in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases (MSPHMEID) and a competitive PhD program in Epidemiology, have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research projects.  Students work closely with faculty and scientists both within GW as well as through strong partnerships with local health departments, the NIH and other federal agencies, local academic institutions, community-based organizations, and international non-governmental organizations. Listed 7th in the Top 10 programs producing epidemiologists, faculty train students on the foundational quantitative and laboratory sciences of public health, taking advantage of opportunities to learn in the field so students are prepared to become the next generation of public health practitioners and leaders. 

Key areas of funded research in the Department currently include HIV and other infectious diseases, public health laboratory research in HIV and other infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes, maternal/fetal health, substance and tobacco use, and Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Department faculty lead several high-profile funded Centers and Institutes in addition to leadership within the GW Cancer Center.  Noteworthy NIH-funded entities include the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR), The DC Cohort, and the DC Clinical Trials Unit.  The Department also has innovative emerging Centers such as the GW Institute for Brain Health and Dementia, a growing high-profile multidisciplinary nexus of activity.  In addition, extensive collaborations with the renowned GW Biostatistics Center are led by faculty in the Department of Epidemiology.  Faculty are passionate about integrating graduate education with research, public health, practice, and community engagement, affording numerous opportunities for students as well as for multidisciplinary collaboration.

Qualifications:  Applicants must tenure-eligible at the rank of Professor with a track record of successful leadership and management experience.  Applicants must also possess national or international prominence for their scholarship within the many epidemiology disciplines.

To Apply:  Applications should be sent via email to and must include: 1. An up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae; 2. A brief (2-4 pages) letter of interest describing why you are interested in the role of Chair of Epidemiology at GW, why you would be successful based on your professional experience, why now is a good time for you to consider this opportunity, and your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Review of applications will begin on April 6, 2023 will continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.  Send application materials (CV and cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below.

Josh Ward, PhD, MPhil

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