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Authorization to Work in the US

  • Verify that you are not a citizen of a country designated as a state sponsor of terrorism per this U.S. Department of State’s website: State Sponsors of Terrorism .
  • Non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for J1, TN, H-1B, or OPT-EAD (STEM Extension) visas prior to the program’s start date. CDC’s HRO/Immigration Office and the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship Program will consult with all non-U.S. citizen candidates to identify the most appropriate visa type for the fellowship appointment.

Degree Requirements for The Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in decision science with all requirements completed prior to the start of the PE Fellowship. See the Key Dates tab. Examples of decision science include:

  • Economics or applied economics
  • Health services research
  • Or other related quantitative degree

Degree Requirements for the PE Fellowship or the PE Fellowship Analytics and Modeling Track

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a quantitatively-oriented field with all requirements completed prior to the start of the fellowship track.

  • Epidemiology
  • Operations Research
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Evolutionary or Analytic Biology
  • Or other related quantitative degree

See the Key Dates tab on our website for additional information.


Relocation may be required. Most assignments are at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, however, some may occur in other states or public health agencies.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

All eligible applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. Please see link to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).