CSTE, in collaboration with CDC, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), established the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship to train recent graduates in the expanding field of applied epidemiology. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide a high quality training experience and to secure long-term career placement for Fellows at the state or local level. Participating fellows will receive two years of on-the-job training at a state or local health agency under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The Fellowship’s mission is to meet the nation's ongoing need for applied epidemiology workforce capacity in state and local health departments through a national fellowship-training program.
The Fellowship focuses on balancing three key concepts as identified in Applied Epidemiology and Training Program (AETP) Development Handbook (McDonnell, 2002):
Provide service to the sponsoring agency
Create and train a core group of public health workers
Strengthen capacity in applied epidemiology across public health institutions
Features: The CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is designed for recent master’s or doctoral level graduates in epidemiology or a related field who are interested in public health practice at the state or local level. The program provides rigorous training for its participants while also being flexible to meet the particular interests of the Fellow. Fellows are carefully matched to host agencies based on the Fellow’s career interests and the host agency’s available opportunities. Program participants develop a set of core skills through competency-based training.
Training: Closely designed after the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program and using a mentorship model, the Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for graduates to acquire and develop epidemiologic skills during a high-quality, on-the job-training program. Fellows work closely with highly trained and experienced epidemiologists at the state and local level, as well as those working at the federal level with the CDC. All Fellowship graduates have secured permanent positions and most are working in epidemiology at the state or local level.
Mentors and Host Health Agency: Each Fellow is assigned to a designated host health agency and two highly trained and experienced mentors (primary and secondary mentors). Host health agencies are approved by CDC and CSTE and have demonstrated their ability to provide a Fellow with technical training, research opportunities, and practical experience in the application of epidemiologic methods.