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APTR-CDC 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 Branch (PHPPB) 

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.
  • Assist in developing and administering an evaluation survey of PHPPB.
  • 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. The fellowship would begin in January/February 2015.

Fellowship Location:

Atlanta, GA


Master’s Level Stipends:

  • First year fellows: $45,339 (equivalent to GS-8, step-1)
  • Second year fellows:  $46,850 (equivalent to GS-8, step-2)

Travel and Training:

  • $3,000

Fellowship Allowance:

  • $4,000

Application Deadline:  

Monday, September 29, 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  
  • *If you are not a U.S. Citizen you will be required to attach a copy of your Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

APIH Health Literacy Assignment

APIH Health Literacy Rubric

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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