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Public Health Associate Program


The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a 2 year fellowship for recent college graduates aimed at increasing public health knowledge and improving practice through individual work assignments within a state or local health department. Administered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), PHAP Associates gain a unique perspective of public health through an understanding of roles and contributions of the federal government down to the local level. NACCHO has recently participated in and provided content for a series of monthly webinars focused on special interest topics related to public health as well as professional development. To learn more about PHAP, visit the CDC PHAP website.

What is a PHAP Host Site?

The goal of the PHAP program is to augment the public health workforce by training high-potential entry-level workers to be successful in jobs with government public health agencies. Local health departments may apply to host an associate for two years, during which time the associate should spend one year in a role at the GS-5 level and the second year in a GS-7 role ideally in a different program area. Benefits of becoming a host site include:

• CDC-funded employees who assist with capacity-building for short-staffed program areas and offer unique skills and backgrounds in addition to their keen interest in the public health field
• Collaboration with CDC to enhance the public health workforce
• Relationship-building with CDC PHAP supervisors who liaise with site supervisors and connect local agencies with CDC resources and subject matter experts
• Skill-building for host site supervisor through management experience and access to online learning components of the PHAP program

To learn more about becoming a PHAP host site, click here.

Who is a Public Health Associate?

Public Health Associates are college graduates who seek to expand their public health knowledge and skills through serving on the frontlines at a state, tribal, local, or territorial health agency or CDC quarantine station. Associates receive placements across the United States and get the opportunity to explore a different program area or assignment in each of their two years in the fellowship. As locally-based CDC employees, Associates gain the following benefits:

•  Connection with an internationally recognized public health institution
•  Full-time benefits and salary
•  Real-life experience in the field that will help them obtain essential skills to succeed in public health
•  Formal guidance from on-site and CDC-based supervisors
•  Mentoring and peer support from other Associates and program alumni
•  Professional development through access to webinars on a variety of topics, as well as three in-person workshops at CDC headquarters in Atlanta

For more information about becoming a Public Health Associate, click here.

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