The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), a unique public health training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will open its 2024 application period early 2024. PHAP is seeking exceptional recent college graduates interested in public health careers. I encourage you to share information about this exciting opportunity with American Indian/Alaska Native students, recent graduates, and your institution’s career development team. 

PHAP is a paid, competitive, two-year, competency-based training program. Associates gain broad, hands-on experience working in public health programs in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments; nongovernmental organizations; public health institutes and associations; community-based organizations; and academic institutions. 

There are numerous benefits to serving as an associate, including— 

  • Salary and benefits of a term-limited CDC employee 
  • Recognition as employees of the nation’s leading public health agency 
  • Formal training in key public health competency areas, including seminars, workshops, web-based courses, and conferences to enhance basic public health program skills 
  • Unique experience in the day-to-day operations of public health programs 
  • Career positions at CDC, HHS, or equivalent positions in other public health organizations 

PHAP is open to recent college graduates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (3.0 GPA or higher required). Candidates must be willing to accept a position in any of the 50 states or US territories and relocate at their own expense, if necessary. 

Please encourage prospective candidates to visit the Become an Associate section of the PHAP website, where they can learn more about the PHAP application process, find answers to frequently asked questions, and read about associate experiences. For additional information about PHAP or the application process, email or call 404-498-0030. Prospective candidates can also sign up for email updates about PHAP applications.

Thank you in advance for helping us recruit another impressive class of associates and supporting the development of the nation’s next generation of public health professionals. 

Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances
National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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