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Information for Prospective Fellows

Eligibility: Fellowship applicants are required to have the following:

  • An MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or an equivalent degree or advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree)
  • Completed at least three graduate-level epidemiology courses and one graduate-level biostatistics course
  • Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
  • United States citizenship
Application Components: The application includes the following components:
  • Identifying information
  • Education
  • Professional experience
  • Program areas of interest
  • Geographical preferences or needs
  • Resume or CV
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or US passport)
Applicant Selection: All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be formally evaluated by a review committee. The review committee includes representatives from CDC staff, ASPH affiliates, and persons with past or current experience working as an epidemiologist in a state or local health department. Evaluation criteria for applications include:
  • Academic achievement
  • Work/research experience
  • Writing skills
  • Career goals
  • Letters of recommendation

After this review process, top applicants will be selected for in-person interviews. The number of applicants selected for interviews depends upon the number of funded positions and the quality of applications. Finalists will then be selected and matched with available positions at state and local health agencies.

Applicants selected to participate in the matching process will submit a list of up to four host sites with which they wish to speak. Applicants will have phone interviews with each selected host site. At the conclusion of phone interviews, applicants will submit a ranked list of up to three host sites. Similarly, host sites will submit a ranked list of their preferred applicants. The process is blinded, so neither applicants nor host sites will see each other’s list. CSTE combines the two parties’ lists and creates matches of new Fellows to host sites.

Available Positions: Host sites change each year. Available positions are posted each November. Class XI positions are listed as Host Site Billets . Each billet includes information about the Host Site as well a summary of potential projects and activities the Fellow will be involved with during the two-year program. Each Health Agency must also identify a particular program area in which the Fellow will work. Program areas include:
  • Chronic Disease
  • Environmental Health
  • General Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease – Food Safety
  • Infectious Disease – HAI
  • Infectious Disease – Quarantine
  • Injury
  • Maternal and Child health
  • Occupational Health
  • Oral Health
  • Substance Abuse
Click here to view more information about the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship.
The Class XII CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow application has closed. Please check back for more information and program updates
If you have additional questions about participating in the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, please contact Valerie Underwood at or 770-458-3811.
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