There are currently open positions in the research and communication tracks (see below), but we accept resumes for all tracks, and may contact students when placements become available. To be considered for future positions, send us a resume, and subscribe to our population health scholars mailing list for announcements of new openings.  

Texas Health Journal Population Health Scholars

The Texas Health Journal is hiring student journalists, photographers, videographers, and social media marketers. Join us and help tell the story of how the 14 institutions within the University of Texas System are working to improve the health of Texans!

Scholars work closely with the THJ team to tailor their experience to their academic discipline, experience, and interests. Scholars also participate in our regular conversation series, which allows students to meet and converse with accomplished professionals in journalism, academia, communication, and design.


Social Media & Marketing


  • Create and implement THJ social media strategy
  • Adhere to the brand standards and guidelines of UT System, the Office of Health Affairs, and Population Health
  • Create a social media calendar and share daily content (messages, images, and video)
  • Capture and analyze social media metrics, subscriber insights, and best practices; use to recommend improvements to better engage followers and extend message reach
  • Identify opportunities to promote THJ subscriptions and readership through social media, leveraging key contacts around the UT System, and at professional events/conferences
  • Pursue earned media opportunities
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned


  • Strong familiarity with key social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn
  • Current UT Austin student in Advertising & Public Affairs, Journalism, Communication Studies, Marketing, or a related field of study
  • Good communication skills –written, visual, and oral
  • Ability to think critically about content in context of brand messaging, goals, and voice
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Able to work within a tight deadline
  • Interested in healthcare and public health in Texas


Apply through Hire a Longhorn or email a letter of interest, resume, and three writing or video samples to Susan Kirtz, THJ Managing Editor, at


Journalists, Photographers & Videographers


  • Interview researchers and practitioners in health-related fields around the UT System
  • Write in-depth, compelling copy for digital publication
  • Gather or create photos, audio, or video to accompany stories
  • Prepare stories for publication in MailChimp and Squarespace (necessary training provided)
  • Write and publish social media content
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned


  • Strong abilities as a creative storyteller, through writing, video, audio, and/or photography
  • Current UT Austin student in Journalism, Communication Studies, Radio-Television-Film, Fine Arts, or a related field of study
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Able to work within a tight deadline
  • Interest in healthcare and public health in Texas
  • Good communication skills –written, visual, and oral
  • Graduate and PhD students preferred; undergraduate students with exceptionally strong ability are welcome to apply


Apply through Hire a Longhorn or email a letter of interest, resume, and three writing or video samples to Susan Kirtz, THJ Managing Editor, at

Population Health Scholar - Research

UT System Population Health has an opening in its Population Health Scholars program for a graduate
student to support the work of the Texas Health Improvement Network (THIN). Current projects are focused
on increasing utilization of telehealth, increasing access to high-quality data, and catalyzing the formation of
a community health coalition in Hunstville, TX. All projects have a focus on improving population health and
increasing health equity in Texas.

The THIN Population Health Scholar will:

  • Assist with convening, supporting and documenting meetings of leaders and experts on specific health policy and practice issues.

  • Research and summarize best practices and models from within and outside Texas related to THIN projects.

  • Identify and summarize state and federal policies for a broad audience.

  • Assisting in writing public-facing reports, including policy recommendations.

  • Other tasks as assigned.

Required education: Currently enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program in public health or public
policy. Two semesters of master-level coursework in public health and/or public policy.

Required skills/experience/knowledge: At least one-year full-time work experience related to health
policy or public health, two years preferred. Familiarity with health policy, economics and finance issues in
Texas. Excellent writing and organizational skills. With direction and oversight, ability to work independently
and with a high degree of professionalism.

Work hours: 20 hours per week, flexible schedule.

Location: UT System Administration Building 210 West 7th Street, Austin TX (north side of 7th Street
between Colorado and Lavaca). Onsite parking and gym access provided.

Placement period: Position will begin when optimal candidate is selected, and will continue through the
end of fall semester 2018; with favorable review and funding availability, position may be extended on
semester-by-semester basis.

To apply: Submit cover letter, resume/CV, and writing sample to with THIN
Population Health Scholar in subject line. Those selected for interviews will be asked to complete a brief
writing exercise as part of the interview process.

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Population Health at the UT System Office of Health Affairs is seeking candidates for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position. The successful candidate will assist in developing and analyzing data for a state-wide initiative for the Department of Family and Protective Services. This analysis project will require analyzing and gathering publically available data sets to link with administrative data within geographically defined communities. This position is based in Austin, Texas. The position requires up to 10% travel, both for project meetings with collaborators and travel to conferences. Postdoctoral position is a temporary 1-year position with an opportunity to be extended another year after favorable performance review.

Major Responsibilities / Duties / Critical Tasks:

  • Secondary analyses of hospital administrative data, vital records data, Child Protective Services data, and publically available data
  • Generates research hypotheses and analysis plans to test them with guidance from the PI
  • Develop well documented scripts for data matching, cleaning, reduction, and analysis
  • Work with the project PI to oversee and mentor graduate students assisting with the project
  • Identify, synthesize and summarize relevant information from peer-reviewed articles and professional reports
  • Manage and create documentation for diverse dataset
  • Writing reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Submit and present results at conferences and to state agencies, as requested
  • Attends lunch and learn meetings (via webinar) with biostatistics faculty in Tyler
  • Attends meetings (virtually and in person) with collaborators in Houston 


Accompanying Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

  • Strong statistics background and experience with multi-level modeling or latent growth modeling
  • Knowledge of at least one factor or latent class analysis technique
  • Ability to conduct descriptive data analyses and basic regression analyses  
  • A good understanding of the types of publically available data that are used in social determinant of health research and have experience utilizing these data sets.
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health frameworks and theories
  • Strong scripting skills with R, Python, STATA or SAS and experience analyzing data in R, SAS, or STATA including writing syntax
  • Strong communication skills with clear and succinct writing

Required Education / Experience:

Post-doctoral applicants must possess a PhD degree in a social science related field or public health. A.B.D. candidates must have their dissertation defended before hire date.