Fellowship applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:
- Hold a recent MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or an equivalent degree or advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree)
- Recent Graduate: qualifying degree received within the last five (5) years OR
- Current Student: completing their final year of their academic program and graduating within the current academic school year (i.e. The 2016-2017 application cycle is open to December 2016 through August 2017 graduates).
- Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.
- At least four graduate-level epidemiology courses (completed and/or in progress) and one graduate-level biostatistics course
- Demonstrated analytical skills
- Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
- United States citizenship
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.
The application includes the following components:
- Identifying information
- Professional experience
- Program areas of interest
- Geographical preferences or needs
- Resume or CV
- Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or US passport)
All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be formally evaluated by a review committee. The review committee includes representatives from CDC staff, ASPPH affiliates, and persons with past or current experience working as an epidemiologist in a state or local health department. Evaluation criteria for applications include:
- Academic achievement
- Work/research experience
- Writing skills
- Career goals
- Letters of recommendation
After this review process, top applicants will be selected for in-person interviews. Applicants selected to move forward after interviews will participate in a matching process with host sites which determines final placement.
Applicants apply through CSTE to become selected to participate in the fellowship program and not directly to the host site. Applicants that are selected to move forward to the last stage of fellow selection will complete a host site matching process.
Each year, CSTE receives new applications from host sites. Available positions for the upcoming cohort will be posted between November and December on the Host Site Billets page. Each billet includes information about the host site as well a summary of potential projects and activities the fellow will be involved with during the two-year program. Each host agency must also identify a particular program area in which the fellow will work.
Program areas include:
- Behavioral Health
- Chronic Disease
- Environmental Health
- Environmental Health – Waterborne Disease
- General Infectious Disease
- Infectious Disease – Food Safety
- Infectious Disease – HAI
- Infectious Disease – Quarantine
- Injury – Drug Overdose
- Maternal and Child health
- Occupational Health
- Oral Health
- Substance Abuse
The 2017-2018 application cycle is now closed.
If you have additional questions about participating in the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, please contact the CSTE Fellowship Coordinator at email@example.com or 770-458-3811.