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Research Project Description

Social Media 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 in 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 communications activities across these public health offices. The selected participant will be involved in a broad range of social media communications and public health external activities to support the Assistant Secretary for Health, Surgeon General and the 12 core public health offices, including; as well as the 10 regional health offices and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. Under the guidance of a mentor, specific activities may include:

  • Assisting in the evaluation of best practices for using social media and mobile technology by the 12 core public health offices, including, to extend the reach of public health initiatives
  • Supporting members of the OASH Communications staff across the 12 core public health offices on formulating social media plans
  • Writing and editing social media content to promote public health related projects, campaigns and activities
  • Writing content for blogs and other social media platforms
  • Assisting with identifying successful strategies to increase the use of OASH social media platforms to reach and engage target audiences for projects, campaigns and activities

Through this fellowship, the selected participant will: gain familiarity with effective digital communications and strategies for reaching target audiences to deliver timely and critical public health information; gain an understanding of technological trends and how to stay abreast of the ever-evolving field; learn the importance of partnership and collaboration in using technology to advance the field of public health; and learn how to use social media metrics to extend the reach of public health information.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DHHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of DHHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at OASH in the Washington, D.C., area. Participants do not become employees of DHHS or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A Master’s degree in public health, health communications or a related field received within the last five years.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume, a one page cover letter addressing your relevant experience and interest in this opportunity, writing samples (5 page maximum), and contact information for three references to the attention of Please reference DHHS-OASH-2014-0116 in all communications.