PH-TIPP Overview

PH-TIPP provides formal training in policy analysis and development as well as program evaluation. During this 1-year, on-the-job professional development opportunity, participants will engage in a training experience using projects from their day-to-day work. PH-TIPP training uses evidence-based approaches to help participants develop and enhance their population health skills and add value to their organizations.

PH-TIPP participants are in leadership and management roles in their organizations. They are physicians, veterinarians, or nurses with a Master of Public Health (MPH) or doctoral-level scientists (PhD or equivalent) with coursework equivalent to a MPH.

How PH-TIPP Benefits Participants, Supervisors, and Organizations

  • Participants receive formal mentoring and training from experts both internal and external to CDC while staying in their current jobs.
  • Supervisors can support the professional development goals of their employees at little cost to the organization
  • Organizations can more effectively apply population health practices to protect and improve the health of their communities

PH-TIPP Project Requirements

PH-TIPP is administered by the CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (PMR/F). Participants must complete population health projects that address the following two Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship project areas:

Policy Analysis and Development
Apply standard approaches to conduct a policy review or develop policy guidelines. Projects will help participants:
  • Understand the legislative process, roles, and influences of various stakeholders
  • Draft, revise, or analyze the impact of public health policies

Population health policy analysis and development project examples include:

  • Analyzing the impact of a smoke-free ordinance
  • Establishing guidelines to screen for food insecurity in a clinic
  • Developing and implementing a cost analysis tool for cancer registries
  • Working with stakeholders to add physical activity guidelines to the National School Lunch Program
Program Evaluation
Evaluate a population health project that is either ongoing or in development. Projects will help participants gain understanding of the evaluation process using the CDC framework for program evaluation.

Population health program evaluation project examples include:

  • Evaluating a continuous quality improvement program for specimen data collection
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of a perinatal obesity prevention program
  • Analyzing the coordination in emergency response activities for the Zika virus response
  • Assessing the utility of county clinics for sexually transmitted diseases

Participants may focus on a single topic and examine both project areas within that topic or they may focus on a different topic for each project area. Additionally, the project or projects must be part of the participant’s current routine tasks.

PH-TIPP Attendance Requirements

  • All monthly learner check-ins (on the 1st Thursday of each month). In-person attendance is required for learners in Atlanta, GA. For learners outside of Atlanta, GA, the monthly check-ins will take place via webinar.
  • All Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds lectures (on the 1st Wednesday of each month). Attendance can be in-person or via webinar.
  • A five-day orientation in Atlanta, GA, in July or August. Employers or trainees are required to pay for all costs associated with travel to and attendance at the orientation.

Physician Clinical Care

Physicians seeking certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicineexternal icon must participate in 40, 8-hour days of patient care during the PH-TIPP training year. The program has found that scheduling 1 day of care per week for the training period will allow learners to meet this requirement. This clinical care must be undertaken with the oversight or availability of a Board Certified physician to call upon with clinical questions. Learners are responsible for identifying their own site and navigating the appropriate credentialing and insurance requirements prior to starting PH-TIPP. The program will ask learners to verify that these requirements are in-place at the time the training starts and learners will need to report their progress in meeting this requirement throughout the training year. The program will not verify a learner’s completion of the program to ABPM until this and all other program requirements are met.

PH-TIPP Completion

At the end of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion, provided all training requirements have been met. Physicians who meet all training requirements will receive a certificate of completion that will help them apply for the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)external icon exam via the Complementary Pathwayexternal icon.