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Information for Prospective Fellows

Fellowship applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Hold a recent 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)
    • Recent Graduate: qualifying degree received within the last five (5) years OR
    • Current Student: completing their final year of their academic program and graduating within the current academic school year (i.e. November 2014 application cycle is open to December 2014 through August 2015 graduates).
  2. At least four graduate-level epidemiology courses (completed and/or in progress) and one graduate-level biostatistics course
  3. Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
  4. United States citizenship
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.
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, ASPPH 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. Applicants selected to move forward after interviews will participate in a matching process with host sites which determines final placement.

Available Positions:
Applicants apply through CSTE to become selected to participate in the fellowship program and not directly to the host site. Applicants that are selected to move forward to the last stage of fellow selection will complete a host site matching process.

Each year, CSTE receives new applications from host sites. Available positions for Class XIII will be posted between November and December 2014 on the Host Site Billets page. 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
  • Environmental Health – Waterborne Disease
  • General Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease – Food Safety
  • Infectious Disease – HAI
  • Infectious Disease – Quarantine
  • Injury
  • Injury – Drug Overdose
  • Maternal and Child health
  • Occupational Health
  • Oral Health
  • Substance Abuse
The 2015-2016 application is closed. Please check back later this year for details on the 2016-2017 application process.
Click here to view more information about the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship.
If you have additional questions about participating in the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, please contact Valerie Goodson at or 770-458-3811.
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