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Workforce: Informatics Certificate
 
CSTE is dedicated to strengthening informatics capacity among applied epidemiologists working in state and local public health agencies and is excited to offer a new scholarship for public health informatics training. CSTE will award a limited number of full-tuition scholarships for qualified applied epidemiologists working in state and local health departments to complete the Public Health Informatics Online Certificate Program from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). These scholarships will be provided to begin the 2-year online program. All courses are online and travel to the campus in Chicago is not required. More information about the certificate program can be found at the UIC website.
Eligibility
To be considered for the CSTE scholarship funding, candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • MPH, MSPH, or MS in epidemiology or a related field, with at least 2 years’ experience working full-time as an epidemiologist in a state or local health department.
  • Support from supervisors and public health agency of employment
  • Interest in public health informatics with a commitment to applied public health.
  • Commitment to completing the certificate program in 2 years or less.
  • Acceptance into the UIC Public Health Informatics Online Certificate program and submit proof of acceptance with your scholarship application.
Terms and Conditions
  • If selected for scholarship funding, candidates must commit to completing the certificate program in two years or less. Tuition funding will not be provided beyond two years.
  • Candidates are responsible for securing approval from their public health agency of employment.
  • Scholarship recipients will be expected to provide end of semester grades to CSTE and must achieve satisfactory course performance to receive continued scholarship funding.
  • Scholarship recipients will complete a self-assessment of their informatics skills before beginning the certificate program, after 3 courses, and upon completing the certificate program to evaluate the training.
  • Only candidates selected for the scholarship will be reimbursed the UIC application fee.
Application Information
The CSTE scholarship application deadline is October 15, 2012. The CSTE scholarship application requires the following components:
  • Emailed intent to apply (informaticscertificate@cste.org) before beginning the application process with UIC
  • Completed online application online
  • 1-page personal statement uploaded to the online application. The personal statement should describe your career goals and why you are interested in public health informatics training.
  • CV or resume uploaded to the online application
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions, including undergraduate degree(s). Official transcripts must arrive unopened with the school seal.
  • At least two letters of recommendation/support. One letter must come from the State Epidemiologist of the applicant’s health department (or equivalent official from local health department applicants). The second letter should be from a supervisor of the applicant who can provide support for the applicant entering the certificate program. All letters must be accompanied by this form.
  • Proof of acceptance into the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)’s Public Health Informatics Online Certificate Program. Applicants are responsible for applying and gaining acceptance into the UIC certificate program and then submitting proof of this acceptance as part of the CSTE Scholarship application. Information regarding the UIC Public Health Informatics Online Certificate Program application can be found here.
Supporting documents (transcripts, recommendation letters, and proof of acceptance into the UIC certificate program) should be sent to:
Amanda Masters, MPH
Associate Research Analyst
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
2872 Woodcock Blvd, Ste 303
Atlanta, GA 30341
Fax: 770-458-8516
Timeline
The CSTE Scholarship application for the Spring 2013 admissions cycle closed on October 15, 2012, and CSTE is no longer accepting applications for this admissions cycle. For more information about this program and future application cycles, please revisit our website or contact Amanda Masters.
 
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