The Department of Health Policy periodically seeks candidates for faculty, staff, post-doctoral, student worker, and internship positions. Please see the individual sections below for current opportunities.

VUMC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Please contact for more information about general information about available positions in the department.

Staff Openings - apply online at Work at Vanderbilt

The positions listed below are currently open to application. Specific questions about the positions can be directed to VUMC Human Resources or the Department of Health Policy Director of Operations, Christine Whitmore, PhD, at

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


Faculty Openings

Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

The Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine is seeking an innovative, experienced individual committed to excellence in teaching and learning to serve as the Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Health Policy and the Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education, the MPH director will assume overall leadership of the program. The director will manage and coordinate the activities that support student recruitment, admission, retention, career development, and alumni engagement, as well as oversee selection of faculty for teaching and mentoring and engage diverse primary and secondary faculty.

Qualified Candidates Must Possess:

  • Education:
    • Doctorate in public health or related field or MD or equivalent clinical degree with public health training
  • Experience:
    • Self-study preparation and knowledge of CEPH accreditation criteria
    • Program assessment and evaluation
    • Teaching public health related topics at the graduate level
  • Evidence of:
    • Excellent administrative/organizational abilities
    • Broad understanding of the field of public health and program review participation
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
    • Innovation, leadership, and application of best practices in public health
    • Public health related scholarship, grant writing, and evidence of ability to attract external funding for research
  • Preferred qualities:
    • National reputation in epidemiology, health policy or global health
    • Experience launching and/or leading graduate programs
    • Engagement with local, regional, and national public health professionals

Application instructions: Application deadline 2/15/20

Successful applicants must be excited to work within a growing department to develop educational and research programs in a collegial and collaborative environment. The Department places a priority on recruiting faculty from underrepresented groups.

The following items are required in your application:

  • Cover letter of interest describing how you meet the criteria above and presenting a vision for elevating the national reputation of the Vanderbilt MPH program
  • Full academic CV/resume
  • Manuscript that exemplifies the type of research you plan to conduct in the future
  • Names of and contact information for three confidential references

Please send your completed application directly to

A full job description can be found here.


Open-rank faculty search

The Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine is conducting an open-rank search for assistant, associate or full professors with expertise in health policy.

Applicants must possess:

• PhD in health policy, health services research, economics, epidemiology, statistics, public policy, public health, or a closely related field; and

• Evidence of or potential to attract external funding for their research.

• Candidates with advanced clinical training (MD, PharmD, or other clinical degree) and extensive research experience may also apply but are encouraged to reach out to the search committee in advance.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Please contact Suzanne Alexander at for more information and specific application requirements.

A complete position description can be found here.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Department of Health Policy supports post-doctoral candidates on a discretionary basis as funding and opportunities become available.


Currently, the Department collaborates in the support and mentoring of a post-doctoral fellow through Vanderbilt University’s Data Science Institute. Postdoctoral fellows must apply, including a written letter of support in writing and apply through DSI. More information on DSI postdoctoral fellowships through VU can be found here.


Specific questions about postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Health Policy can be directed to Christine Whitmore, PhD, at


Student Workers & Internships

The Department of Health Policy takes on student workers and interns (paid or unpaid) on a semester and summer basis. If you are interested in working with a Health Policy faculty member or project, you are strongly encouraged to review the Primary Faculty page of our website to identify topic areas that match your interests.

To apply, please complete an online application here. You will need to upload a current resume and a cover letter indicating your interests and skills and which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with. Student employment and internships are dependent upon funding and project availability. While preference is given to Vanderbilt Department of Health Policy MPH and PhD students, other Vanderbilt students and non-Vanderbilt students are welcome to apply.

Current application deadlines are:

Summer 2020               Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Fall 2020                        Application Deadline: September 1, 2020

Spring 2021                   Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

If you are a non-Vanderbilt undergraduate student looking for a summer internship, we encourage you to explore working with us through the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy opportunities, particularly the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program. Their application deadline is February 1st.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.