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Department of Public Health seeks applicants for faculty position in Epidemiology

March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

The Department of Public Health in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri seeks applicants for a full-time tenure/tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Epidemiology, with research interests in influenza and/or emerging infectious diseases.

The candidate would contribute to collaborative science at the MU Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases (CIEID). MU CIEID is a burgeoning initiative that will bring together  infectious disease research across the campus in new and synergistic ways. This position will also contribute in significant ways to the Population Health pillar of the NextGen Precision Health initiative in the University of Missouri System (

We seek dynamic individuals who will lead extramurally funded research programs, train doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, provide academic service on campus and/or professionally, and contribute to one of more of the educational missions in undergraduate or graduate education. The desired focus of the research is on influenza epidemiology, with prior experience in infectious disease epidemiology, cohort study design, and biospecimen collection to enhance our understanding of influenza and emerging infectious diseases. The successful candidate will be expected to develop or possess a robust, collaborative, externally-funded research program.

The tenure home will be the Department of Public Health, where strengths include the following areas: HIV/AIDS, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities, Rural Health, and Health across the Life-course. The position includes teaching public health courses, research and service to fit School of Health Professions/Department of Public Health needs, with the option of a joint appointment in the MU School of Medicine (e.g. in Dept. of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease or Molecular Microbiology & Immunology). The School of Health Professions is one component of MU Health, an integrated health system that also includes the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, and the University Hospitals and Clinics.


Qualified candidates will have a PhD or DrPH in Epidemiology or closely related field; an MD with Epidemiology training will also be considered. An ideal candidate would have prior experience in infectious disease epidemiology, cohort study design, and biospecimen collection. Advanced quantitative data analytical skills are essential.

Candidates will be evaluated on their background in epidemiology and public health, ability to work across disciplines, ability to teach in an academic setting and scholarly productivity. Applicants for an Assistant Professor position must demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program. Applicants for an Associate or Full Professor position must have an established extramurally funded research program, and a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and national/international recognition appropriate for rank. The candidate is expected to actively participate in developing collaborative research projects with faculty within CIEID and across the MU campus.

Application Materials

Applications should be submitted online through the University of Missouri website: (search for Job Opening 35916). Along with online application, please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page summary of research accomplishments along with two pages of future plans, and names/contact information for three references.

Application Deadline

Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Specific inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Henry Wan ( and Enid Schatz (

Department of Public Health Hiring Philosophy

The MU Department of Public Health recognizes the value of diverse voices, experiences, and training that are necessary to build an effective and resilient team. As such, the department considers a range of criteria that align with departmental mission to increase student success and preparedness as well as bring greater equity in health care. The MU Department of Public Health chooses and interviews candidates based on their merits and alignment with the department’s mission. To that end, special care is taken to ensure hiring procedures are free from biases in relation to a candidate’s race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, and other characteristics that are unrelated to their job performance. We adhere to the Federal EEOC guidelines. We strive to identify and remove any potential biases in sourcing, screening, and shortlisting candidates that may result in accidental discrimination against qualified, diverse candidates.

Other Information

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The MU School of Health Professions is one of the fastest growing schools at Mizzou. We are committed to improving the health and well-being of Missourians and other communities through excellent teaching, research and service. We believe in educational achievement, diversity and inclusion, collaboration and teamwork, high quality health care, and discovery of knowledge to advance the well-being of others. For information about the School of Health Professions, please visit


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. Learn more about the School of Health Professions’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

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