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Postdoctoral positions USF

University of South Florida College of Public Health - Department of Community and Family Health - Maternal and Child Health Postdoctoral Fellows

The University of South Florida is a metropolitan institution located in Tampa, Florida. USF offers comprehensive programs in public health, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health sciences, business, engineering, arts and sciences, education, social work, and creative arts. USF offers unique opportunities for collaboration and research around the world but particularly with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Tampa Bay area is a dynamic and growing metropolitan area of over two million residents that offers a wide range of cultural, artistic, athletic, and recreational activities, excellent public schools, close proximity to Gulf of Mexico beaches and an affordable cost of living.

The USF College of Public Health was founded in 1984. The College consists of five departments and numerous federally funded research centers. The Department of Community and Family Health offers fully-accredited degree programs leading to the MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degree. Major academic concentration areas in the department include public health education, maternal and child health and behavioral health. Departmental centers and faculty research interests are profiled on the department website at The Department offers a collegial and supportive work environment.  The Department has close collaborative research and teaching relationships with the other departments in the College of Public Health and with numerous colleges across the University Campus.

The University of South Florida College of Public Health (USF COPH), Department of Community and Family Health (CFH) is recruiting for two postdoctoral fellows to contribute to the department’s research and teaching needs in maternal and child health (MCH) and to become prepared for MCH faculty positions and MCH leadership  positions at the national and state levels.  These are two-year fellowships funded through the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice, with particular foci on research pertaining to child health, maternal/infant health, women’s health, sexual health, family/community violence and unintentional injury.    There is specific interest in recruiting individuals from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds in addition to disadvantaged backgrounds.  The USF COPH houses the only MCH concentration in any School/College of Public Health in the state and is a recognized leader in the field.

Minimum Qualifications: 

1. Doctoral degree in maternal and child health, social/behavioral sciences, epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field to be earned prior to hiring date;

2.  A publication record in peer-reviewed journals of recognized excellence; and

3.  Teaching experience (may be as a teaching assistant or in another instructional capacity)

Preferred Qualifications:

1.  A defined research focus including (but not limited to) child health, maternal/infant health, women’s health, sexual health, family/community violence and injury;

2.  Skillsets in MCH practice/policy development, social marketing, health education, epidemiology, quality improvement, health literacy, translational research, and or new technology;

3.  Established record of scholarly research, including extramural funding, and;

4.  Enthusiasm for teaching and graduate student advising.

Position begins onsite January 1, 2016.

Responsibilities:  Fellows will be mentored by matched research faculty and develop leadership plans for professional growth, collaborate with other postdoctoral MCH research fellows nationwide in a Postdoctoral Fellow Consortium, and participate/lead classes and seminars in addition to having the opportunity to enroll in certificate programs.  Fellows will teach two graduate classes per year and be expected to further their research by developing grant proposals with faculty and publishing in the peer-reviewed literature.

Closing Date: Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2015.

Salary & Benefits: Nationally competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To apply: Candidates must complete an online application to be considered for this position. Please visit to access the careers job posting 7819. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter indicating how minimum and preferred qualifications are met. Unofficial graduate education transcripts and a list of five references will also be required. An employment background check is required.

Affirmative Action: According to Florida law, search records, including applications and search committee meetings, are open to the public. The University of South Florida is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access institution. Applicants who need disability accommodations in order to participate in the selection process should notify Ms. Lisa Sleek, Staff Assistant, of the Department of Community and Family Health at the College of Public Health at 813.396.9103 or TDD 813/974-2218 at least five working days in advance of need.

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.
Next World Social Marketing Conference
Written by Nathaly Aya Pastrana   


The 5th World Social Marketing Conference will take place in Washington D.C, USA in April 2017. Date and venue details will be announced in September 2015. If you want to recommend a keynote speaker or are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please email to [email protected] In the meantime for information you can click here.

The Measure of Everyday Life, podcast episode on Social Marketing PDF Print Email
Written by Nathaly Aya Pastrana   

The Measure of Everyday Life is as weekly interview program, hosted by Dr. Brian Southwell, featuring social science researchers who endeavor to improve the human condition.

Last June 24, 2015, the program released a podcast episode called “Social Marketing”, where the presenter discussed with Dr. Craig Lefebvre the fascinating work occurring with social marketing and public health.

The 30-minute interview started with the question “Can we sell brotherhood like soap?”, and covered, among others, topics such as brands, behavior change, and health systems.

The podcast is available for free at iTunes Click here.

Join the conversation on Twitter @MeasureRadio.

Discussion: Triggering Behavior Change, children`s role in development PDF Print
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Discussion WB and Sesame WorkshopFor the first time, on June 17, 2015, at the World Bank Group Headquarters, two organizations committed to education shared a stage together. Jeffrey Dunn, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; discussed the importance of behavior change, particularly the power of children in global development.

Following a live Sesame Street performance by Count Von Count, Math Expert of Sesame Street, and Raya, Health Ambassador from Sesame Street, the panelists talked about how Sesame Workshop helps kids everywhere in the world grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

The development of children to age five produces a high impact on their future, and this is one of the reasons for which the Workshop focuses on children of early years. They reach boys and girls internationally, taking into account their local needs and culture, and educate them on safe access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as better health and nutrition.

The educational content and communication channels used by the Workshop, transmit important messages that motivate real behavior change among children. The values promoted by Sesame Street generate social cohesion and kindness, and prepare children to be better citizens.

Dr. Kim mentioned that to end poverty it is necessary to invest in infrastructure and other areas, but that “the real key is behavior change”; while Dr. Dunn said “if you want to change the world, start with a kid”. Both leaders agreed in the importance of working with the younger members of society to have long lasting impact.

The discussion between Sesame Workshop and the World Bank Group on the role of education to achieve behavioral impact on children, confirms the importance of driving behavior change to end extreme poverty, share prosperity and reach global development.

To watch the discussion click here

To follow the conversation use #KidsEndPoverty and @worldbankwater

To know more about Sesame Workshop click here

Re-Quilibrium Podcast is now live! PDF Print Email
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Starting June 16th, 2015, Re-Quilibrium brings you the Re-Quilibrium Podcast, a weekly production with a focus on social marketing and behavior change. The Re-Quilibrium Podcast was created by Danielle Caldwell and Ashley Babbitt, and provides a voice to those working in social marketing, behavior change communication, and demand reduction on a weekly basis.

The first four episodes include interviews with Nedra Weinreich, Dr. Christy Seifert, Dr. Nadia Zainuddin, and Neil Hopkins; and cover topics such as social marketing, mentorship and the academic track in social marketing, and, the Embrace Life Campaign.

Available for free on a number of different podcast platforms, including iTunes and Stitcher, you can look forward to a new guest and a new conversation every Tuesday. For more information, visit


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