The Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health is a vibrant department of approximately 12 full-time faculty from a variety of professional backgrounds (public health, law, sociology, psychology, medicine, social work, demography) whose work focuses on domestic and global issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, forced migration, child and adolescent health, environmental justice, human rights, and complex health systems. Faculty in this largely grant-funded department engage in a unique combination of research, teaching and service activities. Graduates of the Department pursue careers as research scientists, NGO leaders, and public health practitioners and evaluators who actively contribute to the scientific literature and assume important academic posts and public health leadership globally.
A vital component of the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, the Program on Forced Migration and Health is one of the world's leading programs for training the next generation of refugee health and humanitarian response workers. Started in 1998 in response to the inadequate humanitarian response following the Rwandan genocide, the program has produced over 400 graduates presently working in humanitarian settings across the globe. Through its research, the Program has helped build a knowledge base that is improving humanitarian action and health during global disasters and conflict. Faculty and students engage in a unique combination of research, training, scholarship, and service activities to address refugee health and lead the humanitarian response in complex emergencies. Since the creation of the program, the nature of humanitarian response has shifted towards urban populations, displacement crises that span decades, and towards addressing more life threatening ailments that are chronic conditions rather than infectious and acute conditions.
The Department seeks to hire an Assistant Professor (tenure track) to research, teach, and expand and improve the humanitarian responses to address the needs of women, children, and most disenfranchised among displaced or conflict affected populations. Candidates with expertise in gender related work and track record that involves improving health outcomes for disenfranchised populations are preferred. It is expected that the successful candidate will conduct research, teach and engage with the professional community to advance the field of humanitarian response. Some salary coverage from research projects will be required for the long-term success of the candidate.
The incumbent will work closely with the Forced Migration Program and the Heilbrunn Department faculty who work to influence policy and practice in complex emergencies and humanitarian contexts. Our Faculty focus areas include; emergency health system strengthening and child survival development; creation of new methodologies to assess incidence of human rights violations; prevention of gender based violence, access to justice, impact of plural legal systems on health, rehabilitation and resiliency of former child soldiers and survivors of gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive rights and health service access; and measurement of child protection and mortality in refugee settings during war.
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Minimum Degree Required:
Ph.D., M.D. or professional equivalent
All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.
An advanced degree in public health, medicine or related field is required. Extensive field experience in forced migration/humanitarian settings is strongly preferred.
Tenure: The department requires a strong teaching, research and publication record in addition to the ability to secure independent funding.
Strong background in research and peer reviewed publications.
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