Training & Professional Development

Professional Development

Training and professional development strengthen the public health workforce by helping professionals learn new skills and advance their careers.

National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health
Applied leadership training program for multi-sector jurisdictional teams to address local public health problems through community health improvement projects

CDC Learning Connection
Portal to training opportunities, continuing education offerings, and educational tools developed by CDC and its partners

CDC TRAINExternal
National learning network to access public health learning products

Public Health Grand Rounds On Demand
Monthly webcast to foster discussion on major public health issues; each session focuses on a specific health topic and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and interventions (CE credits available)

Public Health 101
Courses about the fundamentals of public health: epidemiology, informatics, surveillance, health economics, laboratory science, and more

Public Health Law Academy
Free online trainings that provide an understanding of the basics of our legal system and the use of law and policy for improving population health outcomes

CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
Support and services for state and local health departments

Featured learning opportunity from CDC TRAIN

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Introduction to Systems ThinkingExternal
One of the core competencies for public health professionals, systems thinking provides a framework for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of complex problems.

Take this course to learn key concepts and tools related to a systems thinking approach.

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The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), managed by CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, is an opportunity for entry-level public health professionals to gain hands-on, frontline experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. PHAP is geared toward recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who are beginning a career in public health.

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies
An introduction to the new standards of practice for epidemiologists working within the US public health system

Core Competencies for Public Health ProfessionalsExternal
A resource for academic and practice organizations to understand, assess, and meet training and workforce needs

Public Health Emergency Law Competency Model
A set of competencies in public health emergency law to help public health professionals prepare for and respond effectively to emergencies

Public Health Informatics Competencies
Core competencies for practicing public health informaticians, developed by CDC in collaboration with the Association of Schools for Public Health and University of Washington Center for Public Health Informatics

Fellowships, Internships & Externships

Fellowships, Internships, and Learning Opportunities
Comprehensive list of fellowship, internship, training, and volunteer opportunities offered by CDC

CDC Internships and Externships in Public Health Law
Three internship and externship tracks that offer entry-level experience for students interested in exploring careers in public health law

Employment Opportunities

Careers at CDC
CDC career opportunities

HHS Job OpeningsExternal
Job openings for all agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Workforce Development

National Public Health Workforce Strategic Roadmap
Roadmap of goals and strategies to strengthen the public health workforce

Strategic Workforce Activities
Initiatives by CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development to support and strengthen the public health workforce

Page last reviewed: February 1, 2019