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APTR Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program

Fellowship Title:

Interprofessional Education Approach to Develop Public Health Practice & Policy

Sponsoring CDC Center:

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS); Division of Scientific Education, Professional Development (DSEPD); Public Health Practice and Policy (PHPP) Branch

Project Focus Area:

The project focus area will be workforce development/education and training. The APTR fellow will be assigned to the PHPP Branch which houses 4 fellowships: Prevention Effectiveness (i.e., Economics focus); Preventive Medicine Fellowship; Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program; and Presidential Management Fellowship (i.e., management & leadership).  The project will entail exposure to 4 fellowships that provide applied public health practice and policy experiences to CDC fellows.

Center Background and Objectives:

DSEPD [] provides leadership in public health training and education, and manages innovative, evidence-based programs to prepare the health workforce to meet public health challenges of the 21st century. DSEPD is CDC’s lead office for public health workforce development; activities include:  

  • Develops a diverse workforce through CDC-sponsored internships and fellowships, where participants provide service while they learn
  • Directs programs that engage students (K-12, undergraduate) and health professionals in considering public health as a career
  • Conducts training in core public health sciences, as well as providing curricula, consultation, and technical assistance
  • Conducts workforce-related research and ensures the use of best practices for professional development programs
  • Works with partners in academia, state and local health agencies, and professional organizations to address training and educational needs  

Project Description:

The APTR fellow will have an opportunity to learn and contribute to the following projects:  

1. Interprofessional Education
  • Conduct a literature review on existing and emerging interprofessional educational (IPE) models for didactic and practice based learning.
  • Conduct a landscape analysis on existing  indicator measures (evaluation) for IPE, tailor and develop measures where applicable.
  • Provide educational presentations about interprofessional education and approaches. Audiences for these presentations could include internal branch, SEPDPO, CDC, and/or external.
  • Review existing IPE and fellowship competencies and provide recommendations for incorporating IPE competencies.
  • Develop a strategy to incorporate the IPE approach with the four fellowships.
  • Attend trainings and network with fellows from the four fellowships.        

2. Policy Opportunities

  • Assist in compiling data to respond to Congressional and HHS requests for information about the 4 fellowship programs.
  • Assist in developing standard operating procedures and workflows.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across CDC.

Travel and Training:

The fellow will have an opportunity to attend trainings from the 4 fellowship programs, CDC University, access to CDC subject matter experts and network with other CDC fellows. 

Required or Desired Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience or familiarity with IPE highly desired
  • Self-starter and also able to work collaboratively
  • Systems-thinker, innovative thinking            
  • Interested in working in a cross-cutting team         
  • Organized and detail-oriented         
  • Strong oral and written communication skills         
  • Ability to integrate information from varied sources      
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities

Expected Benefits:

The fellow will learn about the operational and educational aspects of implementing four federal applied fellowship training programs. The benefits to the fellow include:

  • Researching interprofessional education and developing a plan that will be implemented by these 4 fellowships.
  • Access to subject matter experts in public health informatics, economics, preventive medicine, leadership and management.
  • Greater awareness of workforce development initiatives at the CDC.
  • Contributions to the development of IPE initiatives.
  • Opportunity to experience what it is like to compile information to respond to urgent information requests from the CDC Office of the Director, HHS, Congress, and others.

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: Atlanta, GA


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:

  • $3,000

Fellowship Allowance:

  • $4,000

Application Deadline:   October 4, 2013

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

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