Become a Host Site

The 2024 PHAP host site application period is OPEN February 15 – March 1 at 5 p.m. ET, 2024.

PHAP associates

PHAP relies on its partnerships with public health agencies and tribal and nongovernmental organizations to serve as host sites for public health associates. These relationships are vital to the development of our nation’s next generation of public health professionals. And, the benefits to host sites are invaluable!

Host Site Benefits

PHAP places early-career public health professionals in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies, and nongovernmental organizations—such as community-based organizations, public health institutes and associations, and academic institutions—to gain broad experience in public health program operations and increase host site agency capacity.

While PHAP offers tremendous benefits to associates through training and support, the host site also receives numerous benefits, including—

  • CDC-funded associates who are well-rounded, energetic, flexible, career-minded individuals bringing valuable skills to host agencies
  • A unique partnership with CDC to develop the nation’s next generation of public health professionals
  • Online learning opportunities for host site supervisors and access to CDC resources and subject matter expertise
  • Resources to fill gaps in agencies affected by budget cuts and staffing shortages
How One Public Health Associate Expanded a Host Site’s Reach—All the Way to the Arctic Circle
Brittany Anderson Ice Fishing

More than 1,600 associates have gone through CDC’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) training to become leaders of the public health workforce of tomorrow, but, so far, only one associate has ever served 33 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, a town on Alaska’s northwestern coast!

Read more about how this associate helped expand the reach of her host site.