About ELI

The 2019 ELI application period is closed. Applications for the 2020 cohort will open in fall 2019.

Fellows and mentors at the 2018 ELI Orientation

Fellows and mentors at the 2018 ELI Orientation

The CDC E-learning Institute (ELI) is designed to cultivate skills of public health training professionals with limited experience designing or developing e-learning products.

Through partnership with the Public Health FoundationExternal, ELI is a six-month online fellowship that offers access to CDC-developed materials and subject matter experts, as well as the opportunity to learn from peers in a positive, experiential environment.

Fellows learn innovative strategies and get the hands-on experience needed to create quality e-learning products.


Participant Benefits

  • Achieve competency in instructional design and e-learning best practices
  • Interact with public health e-learning mentors
  • Collaborate and network with public health training professionals in federal, state, local, tribal, international, academic, or hospital settings
  • Develop a functional online training product in six-months that will be posted on TRAINExternal

Public Health Community Benefits

  • Increase capacity of the public health workforce to create quality e-learning in a variety of settings
  • Establish a connection to a community of practice for public health learning professionals
  • Reduce travel costs for in-person training
  • Increase learning opportunities for the public health workforce through TRAINExternal

Time Commitment

Fellowship activities require approximately 2-3 hours per week for didactic learning and discussion; however, recent graduates reported spending up to 10 hours of personal time per week once starting design and development of the product. Attendance at one in-person meeting June (1 ½ days) is required. Workload, upcoming travel, and previous commitments should be considered heavily before applying. Supervisory approval is required to participate.

Who Should Apply

Public health professionals responsible for developing training products at state, local, territorial, tribal, and international health departments in the United States and Canada should apply. University and hospital teaching professionals who are involved in public health are also encouraged to apply.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you teach public health topics?
  2. Do you create public health training materials?
  3. Do you want to learn effective techniques and best practices for online public health training?
  4. Are you new to learning about instructional design for public health?
  5. Are you willing to have your course posted on TRAINExternal (National, state level or CDC TRAIN)?

If you answered yes to these questions, ELI is for you!

ELI welcomes public health training professionals at the beginner- to intermediate level of experience in instructional design or training development. The majority of ELI fellows have limited e-learning experience. A limited number of spaces are available for fellows. Qualified candidates should apply early. Check the frequently asked questions for fellowship specifics prior to applying.