CSTE, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has established this 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 health agency under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
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 will focus on balancing three key concepts, as identified in the CDC guidance document, 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.
Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
The CDC/CSTE Fellowship is designed for recent master or doctoral level graduates in epidemiology or a related field who are interested in the practice of public health at the state or local level. While the program provides rigorous training for its participants, it is also designed with flexibility in order to meet the particular interests of the Fellow. Fellows are carefully matched to host agencies based on the career interests of the Fellow and available opportunities of the host agency. Program participants will develop a comprehensive set of core skills through competency-based training.
Closely designed after the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program and using a mentorship model, The CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for graduates to acquire and develop epidemiologic skills during a high quality, on-the job-training program in public health practice. 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 furthering their careers in epidemiology at the state or local level.
Mentor and Host Health Agency
Each Applied Epidemiology Fellow is assigned to a designated host health agency and two highly trained and experienced mentors (primary and secondary mentors). Host health agencies are CDC and CSTE approved, with demonstrated capacity to provide an Applied Epidemiology Fellow with technical training, research opportunities, and practical experience in the application of epidemiologic methods.
Fellows are matched to a state health department for a 2 year fellowship position based on program area of interest.
Program areas include:
- Infectious disease
- Maternal and child health
- Environmental health
- Chronic disease
- Substance abuse
- Occupational health
Fellows are carefully matched to host agencies based on the career interests of the fellow and available opportunities of the host agency. Program participants will develop a comprehensive set of core skills through competency-based training. The fellowship provides rigorous training in applied epidemiology under the training of experienced mentors who are highly trained epidemiologists at the state and local level.
In order to apply for the Fellowship, applicants must meet the program’s minimum qualifications:
- An MPH, MSPH, MS, or an equivalent degree or advanced degree in a public health related field (ie. PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree.)
- Completed coursework in at least three advanced 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.
The application includes the following components:
- Identifying Information
- Professional Experience
- Program Areas of Interest
- Geographical Preferences or needs
- Resume or CV
- Personal statement
- Official Transcripts from all degree granting programs
- Three letters of Recommendation
- Proof of US Citizenship (copy of birth certificate or US passport)
For more information or to apply to the program:
Please visit the CSTE website.
For questions or more information, please contact:
Workforce and Fellowship Administrator
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
2872 Woodcock Blvd, Suite 303
Atlanta, GA 30341-4015