Global Health – Assistant Professor WOT (AA27204)

Position Overview

Organization: School of Public Health, Global Health

Title : Assistant Professor without Tenure

Search Number : AA27204

Position Details

The University of Washington (UW), Department of Global Health (DGH), Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Seattle, Washington, seeks up to 3 full-time faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the “without tenure” track to work with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH). I-TECH is the largest center within the UW DGH. It maintains 13 offices outside the US and implements, in collaboration with national Ministries of Health, projects in more than 20 countries. Eleven core faculty currently carry out implementation science activities through I-TECH, frequently taking successful interventions to scale. The successful candidate(s) will provide leadership on implementation science within I-TECH in several potential focus areas. Implementation Science (IS) is emerging worldwide as an essential component for translating evidence-based interventions into widely used programs and policies to improve population health. The discipline uses rigorous methods in practical field settings to improve health and well being locally and globally and draws on the intellectual traditions of public health, operations research, systems engineering, information science, education, health policy and economics. The proposed new faculty will join a robust center in DGH that works with ministries to strengthen health infrastructure, health workforce, data collection and management, and the health policy environment in resource-limited countries in order to enhance health and health systems delivery at national and sub-national levels of government.

Position 1: To augment the current IS faculty, I-TECH has an immediate need for an experienced health information systems (HIS) specialist who can design systems and manage data for enhancing interventions. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate innovative and effective approaches to strengthening HIS and delivery of public health programs and services. He/she should be able to bridge IS and HIS research and practice through leadership of both research and non-research projects and programs. He/she would be able to provide leadership for the overall design, development and implementation of HIS across multiple country programs toward a vision of sustained country ownership of effective national-level health information systems. This candidate will lead the I-TECH Informatics Team and guide their work in respective country programs and projects to translate state-of-the-art innovations and best practices into I-TECH’s health informatics work. His/her work would bridge highly technical aspects of system requirements gathering and software development with the constraints of resource-limited settings to achieve successful integration of informatics into public health and clinical practice. Core tasks to be led or supervised by the candidate include: team leadership; technical assistance on national eHealth architecture and interoperability protocols; design and implementation of electronic medical record systems and laboratory information systems; integration of mHealth technologies within health information systems; design and implementation of training data collection systems and human resources information systems; implementation of vital registration systems and national unique patient identifiers; open source software development; training and curriculum development in health information systems for healthcare providers; and eHealth evaluation methods. Across these functions, the candidate will lead a capacity building approach with the goal of building local in-country leadership in informatics.

Positions 2 and 3: I-TECH also wishes to strengthen its IS practice in the areas of data use, data management, and health policy. These candidates would have significant demonstrated experience in strengthening the demand for data and facilitating the use of information to set policy at different levels – from the facility and programmatic level up to the national level – toward health system goals of quality, efficiency, and access. This expertise would include data collection and management and use of data to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of health policy decisions. Core functions to be led by the candidate(s) would include: designing interventions that facilitate regular review and use of data sources; identifying data needs; ensuring systems to collect and analyze technically sound data; applying data quality assurance methods; building capacity for evidence-based policy making; designing capacity building approaches in monitoring, evaluation, and quality improvement; creating effective dissemination strategies; effective stakeholder engagement; and designing and carrying out evaluation related to health information systems. The incumbent/s should have skills and experience in mixed research and evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative methods, including policy analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation).

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Requirements: All candidate(s) should have a PhD and have completed graduate level training in fields that are associated with implementation science, including, but not limited to, global public health, clinical health sciences, metrics and evaluation, health policy, bio-medical informatics, and epidemiology. An MPH degree would be considered highly desirable. We require that candidates have at least five years of experience working on global public health projects focused on low-and middle-income countries. Academic teaching and mentoring experience at the graduate level are required.

Desired: We would consider it especially desirable if that work involved providing technical assistance on public sector health systems strengthening or leading PEPFAR-supported IS work. Candidates with currently funded awards (as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) will be scored more favorably than those without a current source of salary support or a global health research or practice portfolio. French, Portuguese or Spanish language skills are also desirable.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and level of appointment. The UW is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.


Application Instructions

This position is open until filled. Please submit curriculum vitae, cover letter and [3] references and/or [3] letters of recommendation through Interfolio:

If you have a question about the details of this search, please contact Tiffany Whitehurst at Thank you for your interest in this faculty position at the University of Washington.

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