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Applied Epi Fellowship Making a Difference!

Posted By Virginia Dick, Thursday, May 15, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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For over 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) has provided recent masters and doctoral level graduates with training, mentorship, and field experience in state and local public health agencies. In 2012, CSTE began a thorough longitudinal evaluation to determine the long-term impacts of the program on the fellows, the mentors who provided guidance and expertise, and the state and local agencies that served as host agencies.

The AEF was created in 2003 to strengthen the workforce in applied epidemiology at state and local health agencies. CSTE, in collaboration with CDC, HRSA, and ASPPH, established the two-year program to give recent public health graduates rigorous preparation and advanced training for successful careers as applied epidemiologists. The Fellowship is designed around core competencies and utilizes a mentorship model to provide field-based learning and professional development opportunities. Host health agencies must demonstrate the capacity to provide an AEF fellow with technical training, research opportunities, and practical experience in the application of epidemiologic methods at the state or local level.

Since 2003, 12 classes of Fellows have participated in the program, and there are over 160 Fellowship alumni. Fellows have been placed in a wide variety of subject areas, including chronic disease, injury, substance abuse, environmental health, maternal and child health, infectious disease, and occupational health.
As seen in the maps below, AEF has had a significant impact across the country through location placements and post-program employment.

Fellow placements, 2003-2012


Fellowship alumni employment, 2003-2011)
The AEF has had an important impact on applied epidemiology during the past 11 years:
  • 88% of all alumni have worked in state, local, or federal public health agencies for at least a year after graduation. Fellows have provided an average of three years of service to governmental public health agencies.
  • Over 160 peer reviewed articles have been published by alumni.
  • 57% of alumni currently work in state, local, or federal public health agencies.
  • The Fellowship has a positive impact on alumni and mentor professional development and networking.
Click here for more information about AEF or the other fellowships supported by CSTE.
More information about the extensive evaluation of the AEF program will be available in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Public Health Workforce supplement later this year.
Virginia Dick
Program Evaluation Coordinator
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

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