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Associate or Full Professor of Public Health Sciences

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Science & Technology, Life Sciences
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Department of Public Health Sciences in the University of Virginia School of Medicine seeks applicants for a tenured or tenure-eligible Associate or Full Professor of Public Health Sciences conduct research on health disparities, the social determinants of health, and health equity. The faculty position provides the opportunity to collaborate with others in the School of Data Science and the School of Education & Human Development as part of a broad group of “cluster” hires focusing on innovative, interdisciplinary research to address disparities and inequalities.

The successful candidate will undertake research, teaching and partnerships to harness data to further equitable access to societal and health care resources, information, and opportunities to improve health and quality of life. A particular emphasis will be on studies that improve the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is racially, economically and geographically diverse – from the urban areas of northern Virginia to Appalachia.

The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) in the School of Medicine offers a vibrant academic home with access to a rich array of datasets and support services for research including geospatial analysis, advanced expertise in healthcare claims data, digital health and telemedicine, public health genomics, and community engagement. The Department offers comprehensive and multi-disciplinary scientific and analytical support to the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and to other researchers across the university, through its Divisions of Biomedical Informatics; Biostatistics; and Translational Research and Applied Statistics.

PHS faculty foster multi-faceted research and educational collaborations with clinicians, researchers, other professionals, and communities to improve health equity and overall health and well-being. PHS faculty also work closely with public health officials and community partners at the local, state, and national levels to address the social determinants of health, focusing on such topics as cancer prevention, diabetes, Covid and pandemic-related research, rural health disparities, mental health, and addiction. The Department offers two master degrees, an MS in Clinical Research and an MPH. Successful candidates will contribute to the design and implementation of the graduate education curriculum; teach intermediate and advanced graduate level methods courses, conduct research, and advance scholarship in their area of expertise.

Successful candidates will have a PhD or other doctoral degree in epidemiology, social sciences, health services research, public health, engineering, or a related field with a record of research focusing on the social determinants of health, health equity, prevention, quality of life, or related topics.

Candidates are particularly sought who have the following:

· A record of excellence in research, peer-reviewed publications, and a funding record as appropriate for the candidate’s rank.

· Success moving scientific discovery into new research directions and applications in patients, communities, and populations.

· Experience working with community stakeholders and community advisory boards in an engaged research process.

· A collaborative style that fosters and supports teamwork, change and innovation.

· Ability to pursue high standards related to one’s research, clinical investigations and service, and other areas of responsibility.

To Apply

Complete an application online and attach:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Detailed statement of research accomplishments and interests (3 page max)
  • Contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, mailing address)

Please note that all documents must be uploaded in the “Resume/CV” box.

External applicants: Please apply through Workday at the following URL,, and search for requisition R0035214

Internal applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for requisition R0035214

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Faculty Search Advisor, at

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit

The selected applicant will be required to complete a heath assessment per University policy

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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