International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) Program

International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) Program

Due to COVID-19, the IETA Program is on hold until June 2021. The current IETA cohort (Cohort 2020) remains on hold. The recruitment of a new IETA cohort in 2021 remains on hold as well. Please visit this webpage after June 2021 for an update on when we anticipate opening applications again.

Are you looking for an outstanding opportunity to gain experience in international public health work? Then, the International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) training program may be for you!

The International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) program is a developmental training program for Federal public health employees offered by the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Specifically, IETA is a professional development/technical assistance program that takes place over a 12-month period. It consists of attendance at three (3) workshops in Atlanta, Georgia (3-4 days each) and a supervised short-term (12-week minimum) overseas assignment with an international public health program. All cohort participants serve overseas between January and August in one of the 50-plus countries where CDC has an overseas presence.

For 20 years, CDC has provided meaningful global health experiences to over 360 federal public health professionals. A 2013 alumni survey found that as a result of participation in IETA, alumni felt better able to apply their public health skills overseas, more culturally competent, and better able to negotiate international travel logistics. Following their IETA experience, 40% took additional short-term overseas assignments, 18% accepted a long-term U.S.-based global health assignment, and 14% accepted a long-term overseas assignment.

To find out more about the program, please review the following information:

If there are any questions about the program, you are welcome to send an e-mail to or contact the Program Manager at (404) 718-8182.

Page last reviewed: February 8, 2021
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