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Project Specialist

Preventive Medicine Los Angeles, California

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for a Project Specialist position as part of a large national research program called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).  The goal of ECHO is to capitalize on existing study populations to investigate environmental exposures on child health and development, with a focus on airways, obesity, neurodevelopment and pre-, peri- and postnatal health.

The selected candidate is expected to participate in scientific activities related to our MADRES pregnancy cohort, which is one of the cohorts participating in the ECHO research consortium. This position will have specific responsibility for obtaining and abstracting medical record data of study participants in compliance with HIPAA regulations and study protocols. Other duties include assisting with phone and in-person interviews, following data collection protocols during study visits, as well as entering data into computer databases, as needed. Fluent spanish and english writing and speaking skills are preferred, as is the ability to work well with different groups, including research faculty and staff.

This is an opportunity to work with world-class investigators from two closely integrated Centers at USC: the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC), a research center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center, a research center funded by the NIEHS, NIMHD and the EPA. The SCEHSC houses one of the leading research groups in environmental epidemiology and biostatistics, with a particularly strong reputation in respiratory and metabolic diseases as well as methodological research in environmental and genetic epidemiology. The MADRES Center is investigating the role of prenatal environmental exposures and social determinants of the development of childhood obesity as well as other metabolic and respiratory health outcomes.

Specific responsibilities will include the following:

  • Identifies and contacts pediatrician offices to obtain medical records
  • Performs medical record abstraction for cohort participants
  • Maintains accurate records of procedures used to track and obtain records.
  • Performs data collection via phone interviews and during participant study visits.
  • Entering data into databases such as Redcap and Excel and tracking participation and records.

The applicant should have a BS or BA in a health-related field. One-year post-graduate experience or master’s degree preferred. The applicant should be familiar with medical terminology. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 2 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques



REQ20067159 Posted Date: 02/04/2019 - Thru date - 2019-04-30

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