Managing Editor (Public Health/Epidemiology)

Clearance Level
Technical Documentation
Silver Spring, Maryland

REQ#: RQ59537

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: NACLC (T3)
Requisition Type: Regular

This position supports the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division (AFHSD) of the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The AFHSD is the central medical surveillance and epidemiological resource for the U.S. Armed Forces. The goal of the AFHSD is to provide timely, relevant, actionable and comprehensive health surveillance information in order to promote, maintain and enhance the health of military and military-associated populations.

We are seeking a Managing Editor to support The Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR), a peer-reviewed journal launched in 1995. The MSMR is the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division's flagship publication. The MSMR provides monthly evidence-based estimates of the incidence, prevalence, distribution, impact, and trends of health-related conditions in service members and military associated populations. Modeled after the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the MSMR is a primary vehicle for disseminating medical surveillance information of broad interest throughout the DoD.

In this role, the ideal candidate will serve as a managing editor for the MSMR and coordinates editorial processes to include the following:

  • Coordination of external submissions to the MSMR; correspondence with manuscript authors, verification of appropriate clearances prior to publication
  • Coordination of the internal and external review process for all MSMR manuscripts;  to correspondence with reviewers; preparation of reviews for manuscript authors and receipt of author responses and revision
  • Proofing and editing of all MSMR manuscripts prior to publication
  • Oversight of MSMR layout and coordination with graphic artist
  • Ensures MSMR documents meet editorial and customer specifications and adhere to standards for quality, graphics, format, and style.
  • Interfaces with authors, MSMR editorial staff, external authors, and subject matter experts in coordinating/preparing the manuscripts for publication
  • Maintain editorial and publication calendar and ensure that manuscript and MSMR deadlines are met
  • In consultation with contributing editors and editor-in-chief, develop topics for possible MSMR manuscripts. Tasks associated with this may include literature review, development of analysis plans, and drafting initial manuscript.


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or related field
  • 2 or more years of related experience preparing and editing technical documentation.
  • 2 or more years of related experience in public health, health communication, or similar
  • Must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Must be able to meet recurring and frequent deadlines and manage publication timelines.
  • Experience in writing or editing manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed medical journals preferred


  • Experience in medical surveillance preferred
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