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Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team (SORT)

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The objective of the JHSPH Surveillance & Outbreak Response Team (SORT) is to provide practical public health experience to students and postdoctoral fellows in pursuit of careers in professional epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, and applied public health, while simultaneously contributing to the health and well-being of residents of Maryland.

The specific goals of SORT are to:

  • Act as a mechanism by which the students in the school of public health can provide technical support and expertise to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD)
  • Provide students with applied training in epidemiological surveillance and outbreak investigations that complements academic coursework on principles and analytical methods
  • Facilitate interaction, communication, and collaboration between the school of public health and collaborating health departments

Our Team

SORT members can aid in the following and more:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Data collection
  • Survey administration
  • Chart review
  • Contact tracing
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Health communication
  • Epidemiologic study design
  • Survey and instrument design
  • Statistical programming and analysis (R, Stata, SAS)
  • Data visualization
  • Scientific writing
  • Foreign language translation 

Interested in joining SORT? Calls for doctoral student applications occur annually in July/August. Postdoctoral fellows may apply year-round on a rolling basis. Please contact SORT ( if you are interested or have any questions.