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APTR Preventive Medicine and Public Health Fellowship Program

Fellowship Title:

Impacting Health Through Influencing Health Professional Education & Training

Sponsoring CDC Center:

Office of Public Health Scientific Services Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSLES); Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development  (DSEPD)

Project Focus Area:

The project focus area is workforce development and education and training.

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. Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) is an initiative within the DSEPD/Office of the Director that seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities through alliances among academic associations and CDC. APIH drives improvement of health outcomes by:

  • Working within the educational systems for public health, medical, and nursing students to enhance teaching of population health concepts.
  • Aligning academic approaches (curricula, teaching materials, or methods) and field experiences with ground-level public health priorities and practice needs.
  • Fostering inter-professional collaboration and learning in health professional education.
  • Strengthening academia's linkages to public health practice.
  • Providing opportunities for hands-on experience for students working with communities and public health partners.

More information about APIH is available at:  

Project Description:

The fellow’s project will support APIH’s work with the Public Health Fellowship program, a collaboration of CDC and the academic partner associations ( The fellow will create a new framework for the Public Health Fellowship program that will include components of:

  • competencies, both cross-cutting and discipline-specific
  • instructional plans with emphasis on innovative inter-professional and multi-disciplinary learning approaches
  • performance requirements for fellows
  • supervisor and mentor training
  • program evaluation

Following development of the components, the fellow will work with APIH staff and the academic associations to promote understanding and guide respective target groups on their appropriate use.

Also, the fellow will develop a project plan for a new Public Health Fellowship Workgroup comprised of staff from across the agency representing multiple disciplines, then assist APIH staff in coordinating and convening the workgroup as well as executing recommended activities. The fellow will have the opportunity to interact with CDC staff across the agency and with the academic associations involved with the Public Health Fellowships.

Technical assistance available from the mentor will include daily interactions to set and guide expectations. Activities will include significant experiential learning opportunities and the fellow will be a contributing member of a dynamic cross-cutting team of public health professionals.

Travel and Training:

The fellow should plan to attend one project-related meeting in Washington D.C. Other DSEPD and CDC training opportunities will be available to the fellow.

Required or Desired Knowledge and Skills:

Required knowledge and skills for this fellowship assignment include:

  • Educational background or previous work experience in training, health education, or workforce development programs
  • Experience working with partners or high-level stakeholders
  • Innovative thinker
  • Ability to work as a productive member of a team
  • Independent self-starter with a strong work ethic

Expected Benefits:

The fellow will have numerous opportunities to interact with public health professionals representing multiple disciplines within the premier public health agency as well as high level professionals at four national academic associations. The project assignment involves cutting-edge developmental work which affords an opportunity for the trainee to engage in creative foundational work.

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:

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

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