Fellowships and Student Programs

Our work emphasizes training and education across local, national, and global levels of public health. The fellowships and internships are experiential service programs that provide robust hands-on learning. Our programs enhance skills in leadership, management, policy, and public health sciences (e.g., epidemiology, surveillance, informatics, and prevention effectiveness).

How to use this page: This site is organized to help you target your particular educational or career stage to find out what programs are available for you. It is important to keep in mind that there is some overlap in eligibility criteria across the programs. We encourage you to think about the educational or career stage you will be in at the time of application and review the detailed eligibility criteria in the links provided to learn more about the specific programs and how they fit your training and career goals.

CDC Fellowships
Doctoral/Physician-level Opportunities

CDC-Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship (PE)

The PE fellowship fills a critical need for demonstrating the value of prevention. Fellows, with backgrounds in economics, policy analysis, operations research, decision sciences, or other quantitative areas, conduct research that provides vital information to health policy decision makers about how best to allocate and use resources to maximize the impact of their public health programs.

Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)*

EIS officers serve on the front lines of public health protecting Americans and the global community as “boots on the ground” epidemiologists. CDC’s EIS officers respond to outbreaks of diseases and urgent public health threats by identifying the cause, rapidly implementing control measures, and collecting evidence to recommend how to prevent similar events in the future.

*EIS allows some eligibility for health professionals to have masters degrees. Additional experience or equivalent degrees may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Consult the EIS Application Information Web page for more details.

Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS)

The LLS fellowship program prepares early-career laboratory scientists to become future public health laboratory leaders. LLS fellows develop leadership and critical thinking skills to provide rapid, strategic, and effective solutions — applying what they learn from their laboratory research on numerous disease-causing agents to solve real-world health problems.

Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR/F)*

The PMR/F consists of a residency (PMR) for physicians and a fellowship (PMF) for physicians and other health professionals. The Preventive Medicine Residency promotes public health leadership by integrating knowledge and skills of medicine, epidemiology, and other clinical professions with population health. This 2-year residency is a service learning experience that strengthens participants’ abilities to bridge medicine and public health. The residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education  and meets the residency requirement of the American Board of Preventive Medicine for the Public Health and General Preventive Medicine specialty.

*PMR/F allows some eligibility for health professionals to have masters degrees. Consult the PMR/F Web page for more details.

Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP)

PHIFP provides a problem-based learning environment in which fellows apply information and computer sciences and information technology to solve public health problems. Individuals with a masters-level degree (or higher) are eligible to apply. During this 2-year program, fellows deliver technical assistance to state and local health departments and international public health agencies to help them address complex public health informatics challenges while serving in CDC programs to enhance CDC’s informatics workforce.

Medical and Veterinary Student Opportunities

Future Leaders in Infections and Global Health Threats (FLIGHT)

Future Leaders in Infections and Global Health Threats (FLIGHT) is a CDC leadership program that prepares participants, known as FLIGHT officers, to address global public health threats. FLIGHT officers are selected from physicians and veterinarians in the most recent graduating class of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS).

Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students

The Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) trains medical and veterinary students in applied epidemiology, public health, and global health. Students learn by hands-on experience and mentorship by CDC subject matter experts. This program offers assignments during 6- or 8-week rotation periods largely based at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Masters-level Opportunities

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF)

The PMF is a distinguished, highly competitive 2-year career training program in leadership and management for recent graduates with masters, law, or doctoral degrees. In 2014, PMF added a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines) track for graduates with select advanced degrees. The government-wide program is run by the Office Personnel Management and fellows serve in many federal agencies.

Preventive Medicine Fellowship (PMR/F)*

The PMR/F consists of a residency (PMR) for physicians and a fellowship (PMF) for physicians and other health professionals. The Preventive Medicine Fellowship promotes public health leadership by integrating knowledge and skills of medicine, epidemiology, and other clinical professions with population health. This 1-year fellowship is a service learning experience that strengthens participants’ abilities to bridge medicine and public health.

*PMR/F allows some eligibility for health professionals to have masters degrees. Consult the PMR/F Web page for more details.

Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP)

PHIFP provides a problem-based learning environment in which fellows apply information and computer sciences and information technology to solve public health problems. Individuals with a masters-level degree (or higher) are eligible to apply. During this 2-year program, fellows deliver technical assistance to state and local health departments and international public health agencies to help them address complex public health informatics challenges while serving in CDC programs to enhance CDC’s informatics workforce.

Partner Organization Fellowships

CDC’s workforce activities also support strategic coordination among public health partner organizations to establish and manage fellowship programs. The following public health workforce development fellowships involve collaborative efforts that are supported by CDC and managed by the respective partners.

Academic Partnerships to Improve Health

CDC’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) focuses on improving the health of individuals and communities through alliances between academic associations, their member institutions and CDC. Using fellowships and workforce innovation projects, APIH serves as a CDC-wide pathway for public health workforce activities to enhance population health education to medical, nursing, and public health students.

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)external icon

    AACN-CDC fellowships integrate public health principles into nursing education programs. Through these fellowships, nursing students gain hands-on experience that will enhance their professional careers. Fellows work closely with, and receive mentoring from, CDC subject matter experts while building leadership skills in public health programs and policy. Education requirements vary per position. Fellowship terms are usually one year.

  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)external icon

    Through the AAMC-CDC fellowship, early-career physicians gain insight into the link between policies and legislation and their impact on health at the federal, state, and local levels. This mentored training experience enhances collaboration between clinicians and public health professionals.  Fellowship terms are one year.

  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)external icon

    The ATPR-CDC fellowships are designed to give students leadership experience in public health practice and policy. While participating in these programs, students have access to state-of-the-art technology and will train with leading experts in preventive medicine and public health. Education requirements vary per position. Fellowship terms are usually one year.

  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)external icon

    The ASPPH-CDC fellowships are intended to address emerging needs of public health while providing leadership opportunities at CDC for students and graduate students of ASPPH member graduate schools and programs of public health. The fellowships are from one to two years in duration and the types of fellowships will vary according to specific areas of research or training.

CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship

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The Applied Epidemiology Fellowship trains recent masters or doctoral-level graduates in the expanding field of applied epidemiology. Participating fellows will receive two years of rigorous on-the-job training at a state or local health agency under the guidance of an experienced mentor. Fellows are carefully matched to host agencies based on the fellow’s career interests and the host agency’s available opportunities.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship

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The EID Laboratory Fellowship Program is currently suspended. A revised public health laboratory fellowship program is planned to launch in the fall of 2016. Please check back for more information.

More Fellowship, Internship, and Training Opportunities

For information on other fellowships and student programs managed by CDC programs and partner organizations see the Fellowships page.


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