Research Coordinator I - Public Health

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Research Coordinator I - Public Health

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 240000MA

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

We are looking for a Full-Time Research Coordinator I to join the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management (DSHS) program as part of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) at the UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston, TX. The DSHS project's primary aim is to improve the healthcare system’s ability to identify patients at risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Specifically, this includes identifying and developing an intervention for patient populations who have either pre-diabetes or uncontrolled hypertension, treatment, and management of patients with diabetes, heart disease, and associated risk factors. In this role, you will work with a multidisciplinary team of consultants, researchers, community partners, and clinics to improve clinic workflows, patient education, provider training, and EHR optimization.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

The Research Coordinator I will assist with a 5-year Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management grant. The grant aims to improve the healthcare system’s ability to identify patients at risk for developing diabetes, diabetes management, and cardiovascular disease. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and program manager, the Research Coordinator I will assist with the day-to-day administrative project management and may provide scientific direction for research projects of considerable scope and complexity. The Research Coordinator I will collaborate with healthcare systems to improve clinical processes and outcomes, and use practice facilitation skills as related to diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The coordinator will also implement an equity-focused multidisciplinary approach to assist health centers prevent, detect, control, and manage hypertension and high cholesterol, particularly in communities burdened by health disparities and inequities.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Assists with the day-to-day project management coordination for research projects to include personnel, facilities, and supplies in support of research project desired outcomes, budgets, and timeliness.

  • Secure and maintain partnerships with FQHCs, CBOs, and sub-contractors. Draft MOUs and contracts with organizations.

  • Ensure data collection from FQHCs is completed in a timely manner, compile results, and provide data to the funder.

  • Collaborate with internal departments and sub-contractors to ensure project milestones are met.

  • Uses practice facilitation skills, i.e., organizational development, project management, quality improvement, and practice improvement approach and methods to build the internal capacity of a clinic to help meet project outcomes.

  • Assists in the preparation of progress reports and grant proposals to both private foundations and governmental agencies; works closely with the Office of Sponsored Projects on the submission of grants.

  • Assists with the preparation of budgets, initiates re-budgeting requests based on the needs of research staff, and authorizes expenditures for multiple projects. Attends research planning meetings to assist in the preparation of budget drafts for departmental leadership approval.

  • Prepares annual progress reports and applications for various committees and ensures that all staff has received the proper training/attended the appropriate training courses.

  • Maintains confidential records of collected data, and ensures accuracy and integrity of data. Data may include patient data and departmental programmatic data.

  • Prepares draft reports and communications for the departmental program/division leadership.

  • Interacts with representatives from state, federal, and private agencies regarding proposals and funded projects.

  • Provides work administrative direction and guidance to administrative staff personnel within the department.

  • May review contracts and develop training.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.Working knowledge of MS Office.


  • Working knowledge and application of Intervention Mapping and Implementation Science

  • Working knowledge Adobe Professional, REDCap, and Canva.

  • Experience working with clinics

  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to clinic sites.

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

  • None

Physical Requirements: Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects. This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents. Security Sensitive: This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215 Residency Requirement: Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.