Stipend: Fellows with a masters-level degree will be paid a bimonthly stipend of up to $41,000 annually. Doctoral-level candidates will be paid up to $56,000. Stipends will be set according to location, cost of living, and pay structure at the host agency.
Insurance: In addition to the stipend, up to $320 per month ($3,840 per year) will be available to defray the costs for individual health insurance coverage selected by the Fellow. These funds are to be used for basic health insurance
Moving/Relocation Expenses: Up to $1,000 will be provided for moving related expenses.
Professional Development: $970 per year is provided to each Fellow for professional development. This stipend can be used for travel to meetings or conferences, short-term training programs, purchasing work-related books, and classes intended to aid in work-related projects.
Orientation: All incoming Fellows participate in a five-day orientation in September in Atlanta, Georgia. The orientation covers various topics related to developing the Applied Epidemiology Core Competencies . The curriculum is taught by CSTE and CDC epidemiologists as well as faculty from Schools of Public Health.
Plan of Action: After starting at the host health agency, the Fellow and mentor develop a mutually agreed upon plan for fulfilling the Applied Epidemiology Core Competencies . By the end of the third month of the fellowship, the Fellow and mentors submit a formal "Plan of Action” that outlines how the fellow will complete the required core activities and address the competencies.
Progress Reports/Evaluations: Each Fellow completes quarterly progress reports updating his/her Plan of Action. Reports describe completed activities and accomplishments to date according to the original plan as well as any changes to the plan. Additionally, each Fellow works with his/her mentors to complete biannual evaluations. These evaluations assess the Fellow’s performance and outline progress toward meeting the required core activities.
Certification: A certificate from CDC, CSTE, and ASPH is awarded to Fellows at the end of the two-year fellowship, provided they demonstrate completion of all of the required core activities, submit a final report to CSTE, and perform satisfactorily during the fellowship according to their supervisors.
CSTE Annual Conference: Fellows are required to attend the CSTE Annual conference each year of their Fellowship. Fellows are required to submit abstracts for the conference. Fellows are not expected to use their professional development allowance to attend the conference.
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