Emergency Management and Global Health Security

Public Health Emergency Management Fellowship

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CDC has trained 223 Fellows from 49 countries as of mid-2023. CDC’s Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) Fellowship program builds PHEM capacity within partner nations’ public health authorities. This program provides training, mentorship, and technical assistance to help other countries learn and implement emergency management principles for countering public health threats and responding when emergencies arise. Applications are sent through CDC Regional and Country offices for processing by CDC Atlanta for each cohort.

The PHEM Fellowship targets mid-career professionals who work in public health preparedness and response. PHEM fellows come from diverse cultural and career backgrounds, including various positions within ministries of health.

PHEM fellows usually:

  • Hold a Master’s degree, doctorate or equivalent in public health, epidemiology or a related field
  • Have a level of responsibility within their Ministry of Health that reflects leadership of a public health emergency management function and requires coordination with other emergency management functions
  • Have a position, or are expected to have a position, that will support their training or influence others upon return to the home country

Past fellows have held positions in:

  • Epidemiology/Surveillance
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Medicine/Community Health
  • Infectious Disease Preparedness
  • Zoonotic and Veterinary

Interested applicants must commit to a 12-week program, demonstrate English proficiency, and attain the necessary CDC security clearance.

Strengthening Emergency Management Capacity around the Globe

CDC also helps countries and regional partners develop emergency management programs through direct technical assistance. CDC’s experts help countries establish their own public health emergency operations so that countries can lead and manage fast, coordinated responses when outbreaks or disasters happen.

In-country trainings are provided by CDC to help build resilient public health preparedness and response systems globally.

Below are a few recent examples of how the agency conducts training and the results of Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) education in several countries.