Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What distinguishes the PMF program at CDC from PMF programs at other federal government agencies?

The PMF program at CDC offers a unique opportunity for fellows to gain public health leadership experience by working with senior-level public health program managers and directors.

What is the structure of the PMF program at CDC?

The program provides competency-based training, and leadership-focused mentoring as fellows develop into public health professionals. Fellows are placed in one of CDC’s Centers, Institute, or Offices (CIOs), and are required to participate in at least one developmental rotation assignment either within CDC, a state or local health department, or at another federal agency. CDC fellows may participate in an additional assignment rotation to increase their leadership experience.

What training will I receive?

The training curriculum aligns with a spectrum of public health competencies and performance requirements. The curriculum covers topics such as health policy and public health informatics, and subjects related to communication and management. This dynamic combination of training ensures that all PMF program fellows at CDC gain experience in broad areas of leadership and management.

What will I gain as a PMF at CDC?

CDC offers PMFs skill-building activities, public health seminars, courses, conferences, and other trainings aligned with fellows’ interests and career goals. Fellows develop and support the implementation of policies, programs, or initiatives that help to prevent disease and promote the health of all people.

To be a PMF at CDC, do I need experience or courses in public health or science?

No. The program is open to fellows from diverse educational backgrounds. PMF provides developmental opportunities and training to prepare fellows for careers in public service.

What types of projects will I work on at CDC?

CDC PMF program fellows work on a variety of assignments. For example, a CDC fellow may:

  • Analyze public health legislation
  • Communicate with key collaborators on public health policy and program activities
  • Coordinate budget formulation activities
  • Create organization-wide reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop new initiatives that contribute to the mission of the organization
  • Evaluate program activities

CDC offers a wide range of policy-based public health leadership and management positions. Position titles include health policy analyst, public health analyst, public health advisor, management and program analyst, and health communication specialist.

How will my salary be determined?

The incoming GS level is negotiable based on degree and experience but steps are non-negotiable. GS-9 step 1 [PDF - 1 page] is the standard initial grade level for incoming fellows at CDC. Some finalists with a doctoral degree or extensive public health work experience may qualify for GS-11 step 1 [PDF - 1 page] or GS-12 step 1, if they meet the Office of Personnel Management qualifications.

What will be my start date if I am chosen as a fellow?

Start dates vary based on degree attainment date and the fellow’s availability. Fellows typically start their assignments in June, July, or August. All incoming fellows are required to attend CDC’s PMF orientation in September.

Does my time in CDC’s PMF program count towards career tenure to qualify me for retirement and other benefits?

Yes, this two-year fellowship counts toward the service requirement for career tenure.