Doctoral Degree

Interested in Public Health?

We have a variety of hands-on, full-time fellowship programs for those with a doctoral degree or recent doctoral graduates. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields.
Topic Description Open To Length/Salary Application Period
Nursing *AACN-CDC Fellowshipexternal icon Fellows learn in the area of population health and gain hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice. Nurses with master’s degree or doctoral degree 1 Year, paid February
Bioinformatics *APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Fellowshipexternal icon
Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems, while gaining experience in their fields (metagenomics, human genetics, algorithm/software development, microbial genomics, or other research area).
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or Postdoctoral degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline 1 Year, paid

Fellowships may be extended for an additional year as funding allows.
November – February for Summer start date
Informatics *APHL-CDC Informatics Fellowship
Fellows apply their skills to address the urgent need for enhanced electronic capabilities in public health.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in computer science, information science, healthcare informatics, clinical informatics, laboratory science with coursework in computer science, health information technology or technical project management 1-2 Years, paid November – February  Summer start date
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Biorisk Management Fellowship
Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems while gaining experience in areas of biorisk management such as: biosafety and biosecurity, lab safety, regulations, training/outreach to diverse partners, and policies to minimize risks associated with handling of biological materials.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree in microbiology, biology, public health, biochemistry, chemistry, virology, laboratory science, medical technology 1-2 Years, paid November – February  Summer start date
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Food Safety Laboratory Fellowship
Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems while gaining experience in areas such regulatory food testing, genomic characterization of enteric pathogens, foodborne pathogen outbreak detection, and food laboratory accreditation.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree in microbiology, biology, public health, virology, chemistry, food science, epidemiology, other related science fields 1-2 Years, paid November – February  Summer start date
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship
Fellows train for careers in public health laboratories and support public health initiatives related to infectious diseases, such as testing, surveillance, research, and/or control measures.
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or doctoral degree in microbiology, biology, public health, virology, chemistry, laboratory science, or related discipline 1-2 Years, paid November – February  Summer start date
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Quality Management Fellowship
Fellows support initiatives related to quality assurance, quality control, the quality management system (and quality system essentials) and the public health laboratory system.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree in public health, environmental health, environmental science, microbiology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, virology, laboratory science 1-2 Years, paid November – February  Summer start date
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship
The program trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to human chemical exposures through targeted biomonitoring or environmental health surveillance.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in public health, environmental health, environmental science, biology, chemistry, or related discipline 1-2 Years, paid November  – February  for July  start date
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Ronald H. Laessig Newborn Screening Fellowshipexternal icon
The program prepares laboratory scientists for careers in NBS and/or genetics research while also strengthening “local, state and federal public health infrastructures to support surveillance and implement prevention and control programs,” as stated in the CDC prevention strategy goal.
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, or related discipline 1-2 Years, paid November– February for Summer start date
Informatics *Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF)external icon
Fellows build informatics, data science, and laboratory capacity at state and local health departments
Recent graduates with master’s or doctoral degrees 2 Years, paid December to February
Statistics ASA/NCHS Research Fellowship Program pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]external icon
Fellows work to solve methodological problems and study analytic issues relevant to the National Center for Health Statistics programs, data and facilities.
Doctoral degree 1-2 Years, paid November to January
Leadership/
Management
*ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Programexternal icon Training and experience in public health and prevention practice, informatics, and policy. Those with a MPH or doctoral degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship 1-2 Years, paid February
Epidemiology *CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Programexternal icon Rigorous on-the-job training in applied epidemiology and public health at a state or local health agency. Master’s degree or doctoral degree in epidemiology or related field 2 Years paid October to January
Evaluation CDC Evaluation Fellowship Fellows work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer expand the capacity of CDC to conduct evaluation and demonstrate the impact of our work. Master’s degree or doctoral degree 2 Years, paid February to April
Applied Economics CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship and Public Health Analytics and Modeling Track Apply academic training in quantitative methods to the science of health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention; assess the impact of public health interventions and programs. Doctoral degree (e.g., economics, decision sciences, industrial engineering or operations research) 2 Years, paid September to January
Data Science *Data Science Team Training (DSTT)external icon
Participants work collaboratively on a project that addresses a current agency need related to DMI and/or COVID-19.
Teams of 3-5 individuals with at least one health
department epidemiologist
1 Years, unpaid November to December
Epidemiology 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. Physicians, veterinarians, doctoral-level scientists, and allied healthcare professionals. 2 Years, paid March to May
Laboratory Laboratory Leadership Service PhD scientists are provided a strong foundation for future leadership and management positions in public health laboratories. Doctoral degree (science majors); minimum of 2 years of post-graduate laboratory experience 2 Years, paid April to June
Policy National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Academy Health Policy Fellowshipexternal icon Health policy and health service research activities are conducted for the design of projects. Conduct new and innovative analyses including health policy activities related to the design of future NCHS surveys. Doctoral 13 Months, paid October to January
Health Statistics Research National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Postdoctoral Research Program
Opportunity to monitor the multifaceted aspects of the health care environment.
Doctoral (Ph.D) 2 Years, paid At this time, NCHS is under a hiring freeze and this position is on hold until further notice. Please revisit this site for updates.
General Interest *ORISE CDC Research Opportunitiesexternal icon
Education experience to create expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health.
Undergraduates;graduate; post-master’s;
doctoral; postdoctoral
Varies, paid Varies
Management/
Leadership
Population Health Training in Place Program
Designed to strengthen the population health competencies of the public health workforce in the areas of program management and evaluation, policy development and analysis, and community health
MPH, physicians, and doctoral-level full time staff at CDC and other institutions 1 Year Mid-January to Late-February
To apply, send an email to prevmed@cdc.gov
Global HIV/TB Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global HIV & TB Mission of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and train scientist-practitioners to conduct global HIV and TB research and to develop the translational and applied skills necessary to implement and support high-quality HIV and TB public health programs in global settings. Fellows will be trained to understand the underpinnings of interventional epidemiology and to prepare them for a career operating at the intersection of science and practice in global public health. Doctoral-level researchers (e.g., behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists, evaluators, educators, economists, anthropologists, or medical doctors with research training and/or experience) 2 Years, paid May-June
Research Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in HIV Prevention for Communities of Color Mission is to recruit, mentor, and train investigators to conduct domestic HIV and AIDS prevention research in communities of color. Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to design, conduct, and evaluate scientifically sound, culturally appropriate, HIV and AIDS prevention research activities in communities of color. Doctoral-level researchers, i.e., PhD, ScD, DrPH in behavioral sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, public health, or MD/MPH 2 Years, paid September to October
Management/
Leadership
Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Leadership experience focused on interactive trainings and challenging work assignments administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Recent graduates with master’s, law, or doctoral degrees 2 Years, paid October
Informatics Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP)
Opportunities to apply computer and information science to help solve public health problems.
Master’s or doctoral degree students 2 Years, paid August to November
Global Health Public Health Institute/CDC Global Public Health Fellowship Programexternal icon
The fellowship offers training and experience in the field of global public health. Fellows work in CDC offices in the U.S. and abroad. Areas of focus are program management, epidemiology, surveillance, monitoring & evaluation, strategic information, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Recent graduates with a MPH or doctoral degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship 1-3 Years, paid December to January
Health Education/
Communication
*SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Preventionexternal icon Students are empowered to recognize practice-based projects and prevention of unintentional injuries from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences. Full-time masters and doctoral students 1 Year, paid April

*Denotes fellowships offered in partnership with CDC

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