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Application Information

To apply for PHIFP, you must

  • Meet the educational, informatics, public health, and research experience outlined below.
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program
  • Be willing to relocate to your assignment.

To be eligible for PHIFP, you must have:

A doctoral (PhD, MD, PharmD) or masters level degree from an accredited academic institution in one of the following:

  • Public health, medicine, health care, health services research
  • Computer science, information science, information systems
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health informatics or related discipline

Informatics Experience

Documented 1 year of informatics experience for doctoral level candidates and 3 years of informatics experience for masters level candidates in one of the following fields:

  • Public health informatics
  • Health informatics or related field
  • Information systems
  • Information science
  • Computer science
  • Information technology

Public Health Experience

Documented 1 year of experience for doctoral level candidates and 3 years of experience for masters level candidates in one of the following areas:

  • Public health
  • Related healthcare profession

Research Requirements

Documented experience in performing research or evaluation during or after academic training is required. This includes publications, thesis, poster presentations, or a research or evaluation proposal.


Relocation is required to various programs throughout CDC. Some assignments may also occur in other locations.


U.S. citizenship is not required. However, citizens of countries that the U.S. Secretary of State has determined to be State Sponsors of Terrorism are not eligible.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must:

  • Meet all education and experience requirements.
  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa and H-1B under the Research Scholar category (CDC will sponsor the J-1 visa for those selected for PHIFP).

You will apply online. The application will ask for your:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Post-graduate training and skills
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Publications, presentations, and grants
  • Honors and awards
  • Personal statement (in essay form) of 1,000 words or less addressing the following questions:
    • What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why?
    • How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans?
    • How will PHIFP complement your previous training and experience?
  • Applicant survey

You will provide supporting materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial college or university transcripts

Prepare the following before you begin

  • Review eligibility.
  • Update your CV and have the following information ready for application prompts: contact information; education; training and skills; work and volunteer experience; publications, presentations, and grants; honors and awards.
  • Write your personal statement (in essay form) by answering these questions:
    • What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why?
    • How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans?
    • How will PHIFP complement you previous training and experience?
  • Identify three but not more than five people to write letters of recommendation on your behalf, following the guidelines in the Supporting Materials tab.
  • Obtain copies of transcripts for all qualifying degrees. To learn more about specific centers, institutes, and offices at CDC, visit the CDC Organization web page.

Application Submission

Please complete all sections of the application

When you are finished, select submit, you will receive an email notification stating that your application has been successfully submitted.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.
    • At least, two letters of recommendation must be from persons who are not currently employed at the CDC.
  • Persons writing letters should typically be current or former supervisors or professors. Avoid requesting letters from colleagues or friends.
  • Recommendations must be specific to the PHIFP application, written in English, placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months prior to date submitted.
  • Tell the recommenders to expect a system-generated email from

Information for Recommendation Writers

To submit the letter of recommendation:

  • Letter should be written in English and placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months of application submission
  • Scan and save the letter as a PDF file
  • Once you have received the system-generated email from PHIFP, click on the link provided to upload the PDF version of the letter
  • You will receive an additional system-generated email from indicating that the upload was successful


Your application requires copies of unofficial transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress.

  • You will be prompted in the online application form for your college/university education, which will enable you to browse and attach a PDF version of your unofficial transcripts.
  • Transcripts must state your degree of study, courses taken, earned grades, and graduation date if the degree has been conferred.
  • When a transcript is issued by a non-U.S. institution:
    • A foreign credential evaluation is required for all qualifying degrees in addition to the transcript.
    • All documents must be in English.
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned to you.
  • Do not send high school transcripts.

Official Transcripts

If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcript by March 31 of the fellowship year. Send official transcripts by mail to:

Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd., NE
Mailstop E-92
Atlanta, GA 30329-4018

  • If your degree requires a completed thesis or dissertation, you must have defended your thesis or dissertation on or before December 31st of the year you apply to PHIFP, and you will need to submit your transcripts with conferred degree as soon as they become available.


August 6, 2018 Application period opens.
November 5, 2018 Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

All applications and supporting materials must be received by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

February 2019 Selected applicants invited to interview.
February and March 2019 Interviews conducted at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or by telephone. Candidates who wish to interview in person are responsible for their travel expenses.

Candidates notified of acceptance into PHIFP

Summer 2019 PHIFP fellowship begins.

Contact the PHIFP program if you have any questions about the PHIFP application process.