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Cool 2 year paid fellowship program in public health


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The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), which is managed by CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), is designed to identify future public health professionals with undergraduate degrees and a passion for public service and public health. Throughout the two-year program, associates will gain hands-on, frontline experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. PHAP is a competitive two-year, entry-level on-the-job training program for frontline public health Associates who are employed by CDC but work directly in state, tribal, local and territorial public health departments. Associates develop valuable career skills and on-the-job training that will allow them to become well-rounded public health professionals.



The associate application period for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) opens on February 1-5, (Extended to Feb 8th) 2013. This program is ideal for recent baccalaureate college graduates (BA/BS) who wish to begin a career in public health. Students who have completed our MSA in Public & Community Health may also want to apply.



According to the CDC, the benefits of becoming a public health associate include

  • Recognition as an employee of CDC, the nation’s leading public health agency
  • Salary, paid sick and vacation leave, health insurance, and access to a variety of support services and resources
  • Two unique field assignments that provide diverse public health experiences and the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in a wide variety of public health service activities
  • Extensive supervisory and mentoring support throughout the program
  • Valuable career skill development and on-the-job training to become well-rounded public health professionals



Currently, PHAP has 159 Public Health Associates fulfilling hands-on workforce needs in public health agencies across 34 states, two tribes, one territory, and the District of Columbia and anticipates placing 133 new associates in July of 2013. After completing the program, PHAP graduates will be qualified for jobs with federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies, and will be uniquely prepared to pursue an advanced degree in public health.


Additional information about the program and the application process for associates can be found on the PHAP website ( ). Recruitment materials are also available on the website. Please call 404.498.0030 or send an email to if you have questions.

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