About ELI

Due to postponement of the 2020 session, applications will not be accepted for 2021.

2019 ELI Alumni

Alumni at the 2019 ELI Final Showcase

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 icon, ELI is a 6-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, academic, or hospital settings
  • Develop a functional online training product in 6 months that is posted on TRAIN

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 icon

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 in June (1 ½ days) is required. Workload, upcoming travel, and previous commitments should be heavily considered before applying. Supervisory approval is required to participate.