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Legal Epidemiologist, Atlanta, GA, US, ID# 18545

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions (CNOS) provides professional services and innovative products to federal and commercial clients. CNOS helps you make the most of your skills by taking a personalized approach to solving clients' toughest challenges. This approach gives customers the support they deserve and the quality they expect from a team that can handle every detail a team of experts, like you.


Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions is part of Cherokee Federal – a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. For more information, visit



CNA is hiring multiple Legal Epidemiologists to provide COVID-19 support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR).


The Legal Epidemiologist will use relevant legal databases and other publicly available sources to collect, analyze, and monitor state, local, and territorial executive orders, administrative orders, statutes, regulations, judicial opinions, resolutions, and proclamations for COVID-19 public policies to implement community mitigation measures.

Additionally, the contractor will use legal epidemiology methods to provide datasets, results, language for reports or manuscripts, and guidance on topics related to the science base underlying policy components, the comprehensiveness of policies, and the adoption of public health policies across the United States.

The Legal Epidemiologist will apply specialized skills to conduct work including but not limited to the following tasks:

  1. Applying decision rules and criteria to select policies for analysis.
  2. Analyze policies and policy components for their connection to the science base.
  3. Identify policy gaps, identify and develop policy research questions to address those gaps.
  4. Develop and maintain longitudinal policy surveillance data sets and protocols.
  5. Ensure policy data entered into CDC and other tracking systems is accurate.
  6. Develop language for manuscripts, reports, and briefing materials that summarize findings from policy analyses, as requested by, and in consultation with CDC.
  7. Develop policy analysis tools, technical assistance tools and training for state local, and territorial health department staff. Technical assistance and training may be delivered at the discretion of the COR.
  8. Perform routine searches of legal and legislative search engines (e.g. Westlaw, LexisNexis, StateNet), regulatory search engines, and government websites for state, tribal, local and territorial (STLT) laws, statutes, ordinances, executive orders, administrative orders, resolutions, and proclamations related to COVID-19 public policies to implement social distancing for monitoring, analysis, and reporting.
  9. Using quantitative and qualitative legal epidemiology methods to synthesize policy findings.
  10. Disseminate results of analyses and findings to key partners. Method of dissemination will be determined by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) depending on the type of information and key audience.
  11. Maintain written documentation, including codebooks with variable names and values for new data sources, annotating statistical programs, summarizing and referencing statistical methods, and results. All work created as part of this contract will be accessible to CDC staff on the CDC computer network as identified by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
  12. Activities and analysis will not include federal laws, ordinances, executive orders, administrative orders, resolutions and proclamations or legal analysis or advice on legal questions and issues posed to CDC by jurisdictions.


No supervisory or management authority.



  • JD with major study in an academic field relating to public health, the health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position and experience working in a public health setting (JD/MPH dual degree preferred).


  • PhD with significant coursework in public health law analysis.


  • Demonstrated experience conducting statutory/regulatory analysis in a legal or policy setting – experience with legal epidemiology preferred;
  • Experience in public health – governmental public health service preferred, particularly experience in state and local public health departments;
  • Experience during legal or public health graduate education on systematic public health law analysis;
  • Experience in qualitative research on law and policy, including manual text-based analysis.


  • Ability to conduct systematic legal research;
  • Exceptional organization skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Ability to implement a proactive approach to problem-solving;
  • Working across disciplines, particularly on research;
  • Translating legal/policy analysis for a variety of stakeholders.


Work will be performed in a climate controlled office environment.

About Cherokee Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.



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