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Host Site Profile

The 2016 host site application period has closed. Applications for next year will open in January 2017.

PHAP relies on its partnerships with public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations to serve as host sites for public health associates. These relationships are vital to the development of our nation's next generation of public health professionals. By exposing associates to a broad variety of public health experiences, host sites provide a foundation upon which future public health leaders can cultivate their careers. Below is a visual representation of 2015 host sites by agency type.

Percentage of Host Site by Agency Type Local Health Department: 59% State Health Department: 26% Federal Agency: 4% Tribal Entity: 3% University: 2% Other Health Organizations: 6%

Successful host sites must be able to fill the following requirements:

  • Develop a work plan that allows associates to gain entry-level experience in one public health program area
  • Provide training and on-the-job experiences suitable for recent bachelor’s and master’s level graduates with little to no work experience in public health
  • Encourage associates' professional development
  • Provide associates with a supervisor who has prior supervisory experience
  • Demonstrate the capacity to provide associates with valuable work experience and program-specific training

Host sites recognize the benefit of participating in PHAP: as a result, an increasing number of host sites continue to apply for this opportunity annually.