Become an Associate

The 2023 associate application cycle closed February 5. Contact phap@cdc.gov for more information.

Two Photos: First image shows two associates in the field preparing for helicopter transport. Second image shows a group of asociates in an office setting meeting with a health department official.

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive two-year, paid training program for recent college graduates who are interested in a career in public health. PHAP gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on, real-life experience in the day-to-day operations of  public health programs. Explore these pages to learn how to apply, discover the benefits of joining PHAP, and find answers to frequently asked questions!