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Professional Development

Spotlight: Public Health Associate Program


The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), managed by CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, is an opportunity for entry-level public health professionals to gain hands-on, frontline experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. PHAP is geared toward recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who are beginning a career in public health.


Professional development opportunities are critical in maintaining a skilled public health workforce.

Fellowship and Training Opportunities

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)
Two-year, paid CDC training program; PHAP associates are assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and work on prevention alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings

Epidemic Intelligence Service  
Two-year program of training and service in applied epidemiology

Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program 
Two-year training program in the application of computer science, information science, and technology related to public health

CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship
Two-year training program in quantitative methods, policy analysis, and assessment of the effectiveness of prevention strategies

Presidential Management Fellows Program at CDC
Two-year career training program in public health leadership and management for recent graduates with an advanced degree

Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students
Six- to eight-week introduction to applied epidemiology

CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship
Six- to 12-week fellowship for third and fourth-year medical and veterinary students offering an introduction to preventive medicine, public health, and applied epidemiology in an international setting

Learning Opportunities & Resources

CDC Learning Connection
Public health learning products and resources developed by CDC and its partners

CDC TRAIN (TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network)
A national learning network to access public health learning products

Communities of Practice
Public health communities where members learn, share, and work together to solve common problems.

Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies
An introduction to the new standards of practice for epidemiologists working within the US public health system

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals 
A resource for academic and practice organizations to understand, assess, and meet training and workforce needs

National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health
CDC’s applied leadership training program that enables multi-sector jurisdictional teams to address public health problems within their communities through community health improvement projects

Public Health Informatics Competencies
Core competencies for practicing public health informaticians and senior public health informaticians, developed by CDC in collaboration with the Association of Schools for Public Health and University of Washington Center for Public Health Informatics

Employment Opportunities

CDC Employment
CDC career opportunities

  • Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
  • Page last updated: December 15, 2015
  • Content source:
    • Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support