Host Site Profile

The 2024 host site application cycle will open in early 2024.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the PHAP helpdesk at

PHAP relies on partnerships with public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations to mentor and train the next generation of public health professionals. Host sites provide the day-to-date public health experience and training that supports the PHAP curriculum requirements. By exposing associates to a broad variety of public health experiences and training, host sites provide part of the foundation upon which associates can build their careers.

Below is a visual representation of 2016 host sites by agency type.

Percentage of Host Sites by Agency Type - 2016 - Local Health Department =55% , State Health Department = 31%, Non-governmental Organization = 8%, Territorial Health Department =2%, Tribal Health Agency=4%

Successful host sites must be able to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Develop work activities that help the host site meet the PHAP curriculum competencies, and provide associates opportunities to gain experience in one public health program area
  • Provide associates with a host site supervisor who has prior supervisory experience and is able to monitor the associate’s day-to-day work activities
  • Provide training opportunities and robust on-the-job public health experiences suitable for recent college graduates with little, or no, public health work experience