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APTR Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program

The Application Cycle for this Program is Now Closed

Fellowship Timeline: 

Completed applications are under review by Objective Faculty Members of APTR. NCHS will conduct interviews with finalists and make their final selection by mid-April. Contact with any questions.

Fellowship Title:

Examining Characteristics of Health and Disease in Child Medicaid Populations

Sponsoring CDC Center:

National Center for Health Statistics; Office of Analysis and Epidemiology; Infant, Child, Women’s Health Statistics Branch

Project Focus Area:

Examine the characteristics of health and disease among the pediatric Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care populations, using the linked National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and Medicaid Analytic (MAX) files.

Center Background and Objectives:

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the Federal Government's principal health statistics agency.  NCHS is part of the CDC and is located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The Center’s mission is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.  NCHS collects and disseminates data covering the full spectrum of health concerns from birth to death including overall health status, lifestyle and exposures to unhealthy influences, disease, disability, and use of health care. 

The Office of Analysis and Epidemiology (OAE) conducts a program of in-depth analysis of health and demographic data and stimulates the development of concepts and statistical data programs throughout NCHS.  OAE manages a research program on etiologic inferenc­es from observa­tional studies and conducts research related to the planning and evaluating of health programs and policy.  In addition, OAE is responsible for linking NCHS data to other national data sources, such as EPA air quality data, Medicare data, and Medicaid data.

The Infant, Child, and Women’s Health Statistics Branch is part of OAE and conducts a comprehensive research program in maternal and child health, perinatal epidemiology, and women’s health.  Areas of current research include: analyses of socioeconomic and demographic factors associated with preterm birth and infant mortality, the association between air quality and asthma, child nutrition and food allergy, determinants of health insurance coverage and access to and utilization of health care among children.  In addition to its research agenda, the Branch provides consultation and technical assistance to other Federal agencies and non-government organizations concerning the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data on child health.

Project Description:

In collaboration with senior researchers, the Fellow will initiate projects using the newly created NHIS/MAX Medicaid administrative data linked files. These data files contain individual-level Medicaid eligibility and utilization information linked to the detailed health and demographic data collected from the NCHS national surveys. Although linked NHIS/MAX Medicaid files are adjusted during analysis such that the population of children eligible for linkage is nationally representative in terms of race, age, and sex, it is not known whether children eligible for linkage are nationally representative in terms of disease prevalence and measures of health. In addition, myriad analyses can be conducted using the claims data of children with fee-for-service Medicaid plans. However, as Managed care plans account for an ever-increasing percentage of children in Medicaid, it is not clear whether children with fee-for-service Medicaid are representative of children with Managed care Medicaid plans in terms of disease prevalence and health measures.


This fellowship will focus primarily on analyses to answer these questions, and then, as time allows, use these data for further research. Specific further topics of research (child health conditions, disparities, statistical methodology, etc.) can be determined by the interest and background of the Fellow. The current interest in usage of the linked data underscore the importance of understanding the representativeness of the linked population to the entire Medicaid population, and the representativeness of the Medicaid-fee-for-service population to the entire Medicaid population, including managed care.


The fellowship location is the Hyattsville, Maryland office of NCHS. Hyattsville is a suburb of Washington D.C., about 1 mile from the University of Maryland College Park campus and 10 miles from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. This allows easy inter­change between the numerous public health researchers working at the various agencies and institutions located in the national capital area. It is easily accessible from downtown Washington by Metrorail.


It is anticipated that these research activities will result in one or more published reports or journal articles. Ample support in epidemiology, medicine, statistics, and economics, as well as IT assistance, is available within the Office.  

Travel and Training:

The fellow will have an opportunity to attend trainings, will have access to CDC subject matter experts, and will network with other CDC fellows. 

Required or Desired Knowledge and Skills:

  • An interest in child health and health care
  • A thorough understanding of the basic principles of epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Knowledge of multivariate statistical methods
  • Intermediate-level experience with a statistical computer package, preferably SAS or STATA
  • Experience with file construction and data manipulation is desirable

Expected Benefits:

This project is expected to provide the public health community with information needed to inform health policy decisions and better design and implement public health insurance, care management, and clinical programs. The following benefits are likely to accrue to the Fellow: 
  1. Increased knowledge of survey and complex sample design; administrative data; and analytic methodologies, especially as they relate to child health, Medicaid, and health care utilization
  2. Extensive experience in the analysis of large, complex, national data files 
  3. Opportunities to interact with public health professionals engaged in related research 
  4. Increased understanding of the function and operation of a Federal statistical agency

Period of Assignment:

The term of each fellowship is 12 months, with an option to renew for an additional 12 months subject to the availability of funding

Fellowship Location: Hyattsville, MD


Doctoral Level Stipends:

  • First year fellows: $49,581 (equivalent to GS-9, step-1)
  • Second year fellows: $51,233 (equivalent to GS-9, step-2)

Master’s Level Stipends:

  • First year fellows: $44,890 (equivalent to GS-8, step-1)
  • Second year fellows:  $46,386 (equivalent to GS-8, step-2)

Travel and Training:

  • $800

Fellowship Allowance:

  • $4,000

Application Deadline:   February 21, 2014

Application Checklist:

  • Applicant Information
  • Academic Institution Information & Certification (applicable only if currently enrolled)
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Academic Transcripts (graduate level studies only)
  • Letter of Recommendation #1
  • Letter of Recommendation #2
  • Applicant Essay  

Fellowship Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
APIH Fellowship Competencies PDF (124.83 KB) Administration 10/17/2017
Tips for a Strong Applications Link Administration 8/27/2013
Fellowship Competency Definitions PDF (69.15 KB) Administration 10/10/2014

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