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Professional Development

Spotlight: Public Health Associate Program


The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), managed by CDC’s Office 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.


Professional development opportunities are critical in maintaining a skilled public health workforce.

Fellowship and Training Opportunities

Fellowships, Internships, and Learning Opportunities
Lists the many diverse fellowship, internship, training, and volunteer opportunities offered by CDC

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)
Two-year, paid CDC training program; PHAP associates are assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and work on prevention alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings

Learning Opportunities & Resources

CDC Learning Connection
Public health learning products and resources developed by CDC and its partners

CDC TRAIN (TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network)
A national learning network to access public health learning products

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts

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 Professionals 
A resource for academic and practice organizations to understand, assess, and meet training and workforce needs

National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health
CDC’s applied leadership training program that enables multi-sector jurisdictional teams to address public health problems within their communities through community health improvement projects

Public Health Informatics Competencies
Core competencies for practicing public health informaticians and senior 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

Employment Opportunities

CDC Employment
CDC career opportunities

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