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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be paid?

Yes. Salaries are based on federal pay grades GS 11 or 12, depending on your qualifications. See the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Website for more information. Salaries are not negotiable.

Will I be a CDC employee?

Yes. You will be a temporary employee of CDC during the fellowship. You will receive employment benefits (e.g., medical insurance and vacation time) and must pay taxes on your income.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for PHIFP?

Yes. International candidates are eligible for the program and are required to have the appropriate visa before starting the program.

Will I need to relocate?

Yes. Relocation is required to one of these assignment locations:

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

Will I be required to travel?

No. However, you may have the opportunity to travel for short-term assignments throughout the United States. International travel is possible.

Where will I be assigned?

You will work in a program within CDC. We do our best to match you with assignments that meet your interests, skills, and the needs of the program.

What are the educational requirements?

A doctoral (PhD, MD, PharmD) or masters level degree is required in one of these areas:

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

Review the eligibility requirements for more details.

Is public health work experience required?

Yes. Doctoral-level candidates must have at least 1 year of experience and master’s level candidates must have 1 year of experience in a public health field.

Review the eligibility requirements for more details.

Is informatics experience required?

Yes. Doctoral-level candidates must have at least 1 year of experience and master’s level candidates must have 1 year of experience in informatics or related field.

Review the eligibility requirements for more details.

Is research experience required?

Yes. You must have experience in research or evaluation. This includes publications, thesis, poster presentation, or a research or evaluation proposal.

Review the eligibility requirements for more details.

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