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Eligibility and Application Information


Applicants should have a strong interest in a leadership and management career in public health.

To apply for PHPS, you must

  • Meet both the educational and work requirements
  • Be willing to commit to a three-year, full-time program
  • Be willing to relocate to Atlanta for year one and then relocate again for a two-year assignment at a public health organization in the US or one of its territories
  • Be a US citizen

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in public health or a management-related field from an accredited college or university
  • Academic achievement in the areas of
    • Epidemiology and biostatistics
    • Biological, physical, and environmental sciences
    • Behavioral and social sciences
    • Health education and promotion
    • Management and administration

Work Requirements

Applicants must have at least 2,080 hours of previous, paid public health work experience. This is the equivalent of one year of full-time work. Multiple paid work experiences qualify. Work experience can include paid internships, externships, and fellowships.

Examples of paid, public health work experience include, but are not limited to

  • Special project coordinator in a health department
  • Graduate student researcher or research assistant in a school of public health, assisting with a public health project
  • Community disease investigator
  • Health education specialist
  • Program coordinator for a community-based public health organization
  • Program consultant for a non-profit public health organization
  • Health educator in the Peace Corps

Application Process

The 2013 application period is now closed.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents must be postmarked by the deadline. Consider submitting all supporting documents together. You can only track receipt of supporting documents online.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Select persons who are familiar with your academic or employment achievements, future aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.
  • Provide these persons with a copy of the Request for Letter of Recommendation [PDF - 78KB]. This completed form must accompany the letter of recommendation.
  • At least one recommendation must be from a supervisor.
  • Emailed or faxed letters are not acceptable.


  • You must provide copies of transcripts for all degrees you have earned.
  • If transcripts are not issued by a US institution, other proof of degree completion (e.g., a diploma) must be submitted. Transcripts and proof of degree completion must be translated into English.
  • If you are currently completing a master's degree, submit your current transcript by the deadline.
  • High school transcripts are not required.


Mail supporting documents to:
Public Health Prevention Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Hwy, NE
Mailstop E-85
Atlanta, GA 30341

Contact Us

For more information, contact:
Public Health Prevention Service Office
Phone: 404-498-6120



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