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Application Information


PHIFP invites applications from qualified candidates interested in applying information technology to meet public health needs.

Applicants must:

  • Meet the education and experience requirements
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program
  • Be willing to relocate to one of six assignment locations

To apply for PHIFP, you must

  • Meet the requirements
    • Educational
    • Public health experience
    • Informatics experience
    • Research experience
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program
  • Be willing to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia

Educational Requirements

A doctoral (PhD, MD, PharmD) or masters level degree is required. Qualifying degree must be from an accredited academic institution in one of the following:

  • Public health, medicine, health care, health services research
  • Computer science, information science, information systems
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health informatics or related discipline

Informatics Experience

Documented 1-year experience for doctoral level candidates and 3-year experience for masters level candidates is required in one of the following fields:

  • Public health informatics
  • Health informatics or related field
  • Information systems
  • Information science
  • Computer science
  • Information technology

Public Health Experience

Documented 1-year experience for doctoral level candidates and 3-year experience for masters level candidates is required in one of the following areas:

  • Public health
  • Related healthcare profession

Research Requirements

Documented experience in performing research or evaluation during or after academic training is required. This includes publications, thesis, poster presentation, or a research or evaluation proposal.


PHIFP fellows are matched to assignments at CDC programs. Relocation is required to one of these locations:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Washington, DC
  • Fort Collins or Denver, Colorado
  • Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


U.S. citizenship is not required. However, citizens of countries that the U.S. Secretary of State has determined to be State Sponsors of Terrorism are not eligible.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must

  • Meet all education and experience requirements
  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa under the Research Scholar category (CDC will sponsor the J-1 visa for those selected for PHIFP)

The person who writes your letter of recommendation must upload it in the application before the deadline.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation must be provided. Select persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.

Letters must be specific to your PHIFP application and dated within 6 months of the application.

Before You Apply

  • Provide a copy of the Recommendation Letter Instructions [PDF - 214 KB] to persons writing letters of recommendation on your behalf.
    • One letter must be from a faculty member or supervisor.
    • Letters must be written in English.
  • Let the letter writers know they will receive an email from with instructions about how to upload the letter.

As You Apply

  • Go to the Add Letter of Recommendation section to enter information about persons who will write your letters of recommendation.
  • Click Update to send a system-generated email from
  • Once the letter writers have received the email, they will be able to upload recommendation letters.

Instructions for the Letter Writers

The person writing the recommendation must:

  • Sign the recommendation letter.
  • Save the letter as a PDF.
  • Click the link in the email from to upload the letter.



You must upload transcripts before you submit your application.

Upload copies of transcripts for all degrees earned or in progress.

Applicants with degrees requiring a completed thesis or dissertation must have defended their thesis or dissertation on or before March 15, 2016.

  • When a transcript is not issued by a U.S. institution:
    • Other proof of degree completion (e.g., certified copy of a diploma) must be uploaded.
    • Diploma or other proof of degree completion must be translated into English.
  • High school transcripts are not required.
  • Applicants accepted into PHIFP must provide official transcripts or other proof of degree completion.

Before You Apply

Request an unofficial copy of all college or university transcripts. You must upload the transcripts into the application as PDF files.

As You Apply

  • Complete required fields for college or university education and click Update.
  • On the Education page, click Upload next to each college or university.
  • Click Browse and select the college or university transcript PDF.
  • Click Open to attach the PDF. You will see confirmation of the upload.


If You Are Accepted

If you are accepted into PHIFP, request that your college or university registrar or recorder of records provide official transcripts or other proof of degree completion.  

September 1, 2015

Application opens. 

November 29, 2015

Application closes (11:59 p.m. ET).

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

February  2016

Selected candidates invited to interview.

March and April 2016

Interviews conducted at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or by telephone (candidates interviewed in person will be responsible for their travel expenses).

Candidates notified of acceptance into PHIFP.

Summer 2016

PHIFP fellowship begins.

Apply from September 1 through November 29, 2015. Supporting documents must be uploaded in the application. We will not accept documents sent by mail or email.

Apply Online

The following supporting documents are required:

You can see confirmation of letters of recommendation only after you submit your application.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial college or university transcripts

The online application requires the following:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Post-graduate training and skills
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Publications, presentations, and grants
  • Honors and awards
  • Personal statement (in essay form) of 1,000 words or less that addresses the following questions:
    1. What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why?
    2. How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans?
    3. How will PHIFP complement your previous training and experience?
  • Applicant survey