Public Health Professionals

Interested in Enhancing Your Public Health Career?

If you have already started your career and are interested in gaining knowledge and skills related to public health or public health science, we offer several work experience and training opportunities.

Topic Description Open To Length/Salary Application Period
E-learning *The CDC E-learning Institute (ELI) is an online fellowship designed to cultivate skills of public health training professionals with limited experience designing or developing e-learning products. ELI offers access to CDC-developed materials and subject matter experts, as well as the opportunity to learn from peers in a positive, experiential environment. Public health professionals and university or hospital teaching professionals who are involved in public health and responsible for developing training products 6 Months, unpaid Due to postponement of the 2020 session, applications will not be accepted for 2021
Policy CDC Policy Academy. Offers thorough, structured, competency-based training focused on core policy and related skills such as policy analysis, policy evaluation, systems thinking, and translation. CDC full-time employees, GS 11-14 (all job series are considered) 8 Months, Paid for Atlanta-based participants Applications due March 15 annually. Contact Scott Miller at or 404-639-5948
Laboratory Environmental Health Traineeship Program
Opportunities for hands on laboratory experiences focusing on technologies practices that benefit environmental public health.
Current full-time employees of APHL-member public health laboratories nominated by their laboratory director 2-6 Weeks Varies
*Opioid Policy The Opioid Policy Fellows Program is focused on health policies and programs being addressed by state legislatures across the country, such as strengthening prescription drug monitoring programs, developing prescribing guidelines, increasing naloxone access, and supporting access to treatment and recovery services. Interested legislators 1 Year February
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
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
Technology *Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF)
Fellows apply their technical/entrepreneurial skills to modernize the functionalities within CDC.
All mid-to-senior-level experts in data and Artificial intelligence (AI), engineering product, design and experience, and digital strategy 1 Year, Paid May
Emergency Response Public Health Emergency Management Fellowship (PHEM)
Fellows gain an understanding of the structure of a public health emergency management program and an understanding of how to manage and operate a public health Emergency Operations Center during steady state and in a response.
Master’s (MPH), doctorate (MD or PhD), or equivalent in public health or a related field
(only international students selected by their Ministry of Health may apply)
4 Months Contact: Karen Ossorio
Country Support Team Lead
Global Emergency Management Capacity Development Branch (proposed) Division of Emergency Operations
Management/Leadership Science Rotations in the CDC Office of Science. Supports professional development of CDC scientists pursuing a career track in the field of science leadership, management, and policy. CDC full-time employees in job series 101, 401, 403, 601, 602, 1320, 1529 and 1530, GS 13-15 and Commissioned Corps officers 8 to 12 week temporary duty assignment, Paid (by home program) Every two years. Rotations begin January 2020. Contact Dr. Mary Ari at or 404-639-2492.
Strategic Skills for Public Health The Strategic Scholars Program, a program developed and implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), uses a community of practice cohort model and multiple learning modalities to build governmental public health workforce capacity in eight strategic skill areas. Each cohort will focus on one strategic skill during their six month experience. Governmental public health practitioners in state, Tribal, local, and territorial health departments 6 Months, unpaid January 2021

*Denotes fellowships offered in partnership with CDC