What Are the Benefits of Joining PHAP?

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Associates network with mentors and leaders across CDC. This group of associates met with CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield when he was at their host site in New Orleans.

Associates network with mentors and leaders across CDC. This group of associates met with CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield when he was at their host site in New Orleans.

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year paid, competency-based training and service program that gives associates hands-on experience in public health.

There are many benefits to being a public health associate:

  • Salary, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and access to a variety of support services and resources
  • Valuable career skills development and on-the-job training
  • Unique field assignments that provide diverse public health experiences and the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in a wide variety of public health service activities
  • Mentoring from a CDC employee who can offer career guidance and networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to work with worldwide experts and access to some of the best resources in public health
  • An opportunity to make substantial contributions to public health
  • Recognition as an employee of CDC, the nation’s leading public health agency
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Each associate has a unique story to tell about his or her time in the program. Learn more about their experiences and impact by visiting the Experience PHAP section of our site.

Page last reviewed: January 22, 2020