More About the Program
Modern public health practice requires:
- understanding of information technology
- integrated, collaborative approach to problem solving
PHIFP is a 2-year, competency-based training program in public health informatics. The fellowship provides a problem-based learning environment in which fellows apply information and computer sciences and information technology to solve public health problems.
You will have the opportunity to:
- learn about informatics and public health in an applied setting
- work with teams involved in research and development of public health information systems
- lead an informatics project
- design, develop, implement, evaluate, and manage public health information systems
Training and Service
The program provides both classroom and on-the-job training. Additionally, PHIFP fellows provide informatics assistance to CDC and our public health partners.
What to Expect
The fellowship begins with an intensive orientation followed by real-world assignments and activities. Fellows work in a team environment and are mentored by public health and informatics experts.
The orientation provides a background on CDC, public health, and public health informatics. The goal is to prepare you for your assignments and activities.
Fellows take a lead role in solving public health informatics problems. Activities include:
- CDC assignments
- Short-term assignments (InfoAids)
- Final evaluation projects
These assignments are typically based at CDC. Travel, both domestic and international may be required. Examples include:
- The Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program supports a national network of aggregated environmental hazard, human exposure, and health outcomes data. A fellow developed an application ontology and co-designed a content management database. The result streamlined the input of new data sources and visualizations.
- A fellow served as a principal investigator for a formative assessment examining the benefits of a Human Resource Information System implementation in a low-income country with a health worker shortage.
- Kenya's Health Workforce Information System has been in place for several years, yet its positive impacts on planning and practice have not been formally documented. To identify and document impacts, a fellow led a team to review policy documents, interview senior officials at Kenya’s two Ministries of Health and four health professional regulatory bodies, and analyze data from the system.
- The Laboratory Efficiency Initiative (LEI) supports State and Local Public Health Laboratories (PHLs) to maintain services during budget cuts. A fellow developed an assessment tool to help laboratories assess their informatics capabilities. The fellow also developed guidelines to help bridge the identified gaps.
Short-Term Assignments (InfoAids)
Fellows may provide short-term informatics assistance (InfoAids) to public health partners such as the state, local, and territorial health departments, international agencies and non-profit entities.
Examples of InfoAid activities include:
- A fellow supported the trauma registry function of a state health department by developing a record linkage protocol for integrating various data sources such as the vehicle collision data, emergency transport, death records, and hospital trauma records.
- A fellow assisted a federal public health agency by generating information required to support a proof of concept project to demonstrate capacity and utility of electronic health records in acquiring occupation health data.
- A fellow supported the design of a public health preparedness dashboard for a state health department.
Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
- Page last reviewed: May 9, 2012
- Page last updated: April 1, 2015
- Content source:
- Office of Public Health Scientific Services; Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services; Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development