National Institute on Aging

Georgia State University — Founding Director, Center for Health Equity & Professor of Epidemiology

The Georgia State University School of Public Health seeks an exceptional leader and public health advocate to serve as the founding director of the Center for Health Equity. In addition to its interdisciplinary and applied research focus, the center will play a pivotal role in the school’s ongoing efforts to prepare public health leaders committed to advancing health equity.

Working in partnership with the dean, department chairs, and faculty, the founding director will articulate and operationalize a vision for the center as a model of excellence in health equity research. The director will provide leadership and strategic oversight of the center, including the development of focus areas such as urban health, infectious disease, non-communicable diseases, global health burdens, social determinants of health, environment and climate, and/or measurement and statistics, among others.

The ideal candidate will have methodological expertise in social epidemiology. Candidates with substantive knowledge of environmental epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, or chronic disease epidemiology are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will merit an appointment at the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Population Health Sciences. An established research program, including a strong record of sustained research funding with a focus on health equity, reducing health disparities, and/or vulnerable populations, is expected. A terminal degree in a related field is required. To learn more, read the leadership profile.

Georgia State’s School of Public Health is one of the most diverse schools of its kind in the nation, enrolling the largest percentage of Black or African American public health students among the more than 60 ASPPH member schools and programs. Faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research and implement practical solutions, partnering with the CDC, American Cancer Society, CARE International, and other community organizations across Atlanta and beyond. Through teaching, research, practice, and community engagement, the school provides a broad, practical understanding of complex health issues ranging from violence, tobacco use and obesity to environmental threats and HIV/AIDS.

Georgia State University is a premier urban public research institution. U.S. News & World Report ranks Georgia State the No. 2 Most Innovative University in the country and No. 1 for undergraduate teaching among national public universities. A national model for student success and social mobility, the university awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other institution. Georgia State is the nation’s only four-year public university without equity gaps based on race, ethnicity, or income.

WittKieffer is assisting Georgia State University in this search. Applications should include a CV and letter of interest. Materials can be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Candidates will be considered until an appointment is made. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Philip Tang and Sandra Chu at

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.