To prepare public health professionals for leadership positions in local, state, national, and international public health organizations.
The three-year Public Health Prevention Service program focuses on public health management. This unique program provides hands-on experience and mentorship in public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. First, fellows work in CDC program areas for a year. They are then placed in a two-year field assignment with a public health organization (e.g., state or local health department, community-based organization, or public health institute or association).
Fellows initially earn a salary equivalent to a GS-9 pay grade with potential advancement to a GS-11 pay grade with geographic adjustments. For more information on pay grades and salary levels, see the Office of Personnel Management Salary Table.
In year 1, fellows complete two six-month rotations at a CDC facility. Fellows work in a variety of CDC program areas, such as environmental health, chronic disease prevention, and infectious disease control.
Examples of rotation activities include
- Leadership on policy and legislative activities in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
- Development of case management guidelines for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
- Evaluation of reproductive health activities for the World Health Organization
In years 2 and 3, fellows are placed in a two-year field assignment in a public health organization. Fellows receive supervision and mentoring while working on multidisciplinary projects along with public and private partners.
Examples of field assignment activities include
- Development and implementation of HIV/AIDS action plans for global AIDS programs
- Creation of a website for physicians and nurses to increase knowledge, improve reporting, and decrease hospitalizations and deaths from pertussis (i.e., whooping cough)
- Coordination and implementation of a multicultural media campaign to highlight CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program