Services for Public Health Agencies

The Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) offers services and support to state and local public health departments and public health partners by providing staff (fellow assignments), technical assistance, and training and education services.

Staffing Support through Fellow Assignments

State and local public health departments and other public health partners can apply to become a host site for several DSEPD fellowship programs. Our fellows lend a wide variety of skills to increase workforce capacity. Working alongside mentors and subject matter experts, fellows and interns gain experience for future public health careers.

DSEPD also works through cooperative agreements with partners to place fellows in state and local health departments. Fellows support a wide range of initiatives, such as immunization, preparedness, and antimicrobial resistance. Find out how to become a host site for CDC fellowships.

Technical Assistance and Deployments

State, local, tribal, and territorial health departments and other public health partners can request short-term technical assistance from DSEPD fellows. During their deployment, fellows work closely with the jurisdiction’s public health authorities and appropriate subject matter experts at CDC. The opportunity to provide technical assistance is a mutual benefit for the fellows and the agency or jurisdiction needing assistance.

Various officials with authority for public health can request technical assistance through several mechanisms:

Epi-Aid

Epi-Aid

Allows rapid, short-term (1–3 weeks), generally onsite, technical assistance by Epidemic Intelligence Service  officers. Request an Epi-Aid.

Allows rapid, short-term (1–3 weeks), generally onsite, technical assistance by Epidemic Intelligence Service  officers. Request an Epi-Aid.

Econ-Aid

Econ-Aid

Allows short term assignments (typically three weeks) for Prevention Effectiveness fellows—CDC’s data detectives—to provide analytic support in response to an urgent public health need. Request an Econ-Aid.

Allows short term assignments (typically three weeks) for Prevention Effectiveness fellows—CDC’s data detectives—to provide analytic support in response to an urgent public health need. Request an Econ-Aid.

Lab-Aid

Lab-Aid

Allows rapid, short-term (1-3 weeks) support to state, local, and federal public health labs for critical laboratory testing or operational needs by trained Laboratory Leadership Service fellows. Request a Lab-Aid.

Allows rapid, short-term (1-3 weeks) support to state, local, and federal public health labs for critical laboratory testing or operational needs by trained Laboratory Leadership Service fellows. Request a Lab-Aid.

Info-Aid

Info-Aid

Allows short-term technical assistance in the event of an urgent public health need for applied information science and technology, offered through the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program. Request an Info-Aid.

Allows short-term technical assistance in the event of an urgent public health need for applied information science and technology, offered through the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program. Request an Info-Aid.

As a part of their experiential learning, fellows may also participate in emergency response or other urgent public health events. They can deploy to local communities or to CDC’s Emergency Operations Center.

Support for Training Development and Accreditation

DSEPD provides tools and resources to support public health agencies and public health partners in developing quality trainings that improve staff competence, capacity, and performance. Training programs that meet CDC quality standards can help better prepare public health professionals to meet today’s challenges.

  • Training development resources aid in designing online and classroom trainings, evaluating trainings, and more.
  • Continuing education accreditation services are available for CDC partners to prepare their CE activities for accreditation and start the accreditation process. Only CDC programs and CDC-funded partners are eligible for accreditation.