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Research Project Description

Tobacco Communications Fellowship
Office of Communications
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC


Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Office of Communications within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

OASH oversees 12 core public health offices – including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Corps – as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. The Office of Communications coordinates communication activities across these public health offices.

The selected participant will be involved in a broad range of tobacco prevention and control communications and public health external relations activities to support the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General. Specific opportunities may include:

  • Support senior-level members of the OASH Communications & Policy staff on tobacco prevention and control related public events
  • Assist in developing media strategies and creating communication plans to promote OASH principal’s in various tobacco prevention initiatives, campaigns and activities
  • Write and edit press releases, media advisories, talking points, speeches and other communications materials to promote various tobacco prevention initiatives, campaigns and activities
  • Write articles for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, blogs, and other print and online publications
  • Increase the use of OASH social media platforms to reach and engage target audiences to participate in DHHS tobacco prevention related projects, campaigns and activities

The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OASH contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at OASH in the Washington, D.C., area. Participants do not become employees of OASH, DHHS, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A Master’s degree in public health and/or health communication received in the last five years.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume, a one-page cover letter addressing your interest in the position, writing samples (no more than 3 pages), and a list of references to the attention of Please reference DHHS-OASH-2014-0107 in all communications.