Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program- CDC


Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program- CDC

Public health informatics is the systematic application of knowledge about systems that capture, manage, analyze and use information to improve population health. The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides applied public health informatics training to fellows to apply computer science and information technology to public health problems.

PHIFP is a 2-year, competency-based training program in public health informatics. Fellows are placed in assignments in centers and offices across CDC where they gain experiential training to enhance the agency’s informatics workforce.
Typical work for a fellow includes:

  • Working with teams involved in research and development of public health information systems
  • Conducting informatics evaluations on complex public health information systems.
  • Contributing to CDC’s emergency response activities
  • Providing technical assistance to state and local health departments and international public health agencies through short-term assignments, or Info-Aids.

The fellowship begins with an intensive orientation followed by real-world assignments and activities. Fellows work in a team environment and are mentored by public health and informatics experts.


To apply for PHIFP, you must

  • Meet the educational, informatics, public health, and research experience outlined below.
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program
  • Be willing to relocate to your assignment.

A doctoral (PhD, MD, PharmD) or masters level degree from an accredited academic institution in one of the following:

  • Public health, medicine, health care, health services research
  • Computer science, information science, information systems
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health informatics or related discipline

Informatics Experience

Documented 1 year of informatics experience for doctoral level candidates and 3 years of informatics experience for masters level candidates in one of the following fields:

  • Public health informatics
  • Health informatics or related field
  • Information systems
  • Information science
  • Computer science
  • Information technology

Public Health Experience

Documented 1 year of experience for doctoral level candidates and 3 years of experience for masters level candidates in one of the following areas:

  • Public health
  • Related healthcare profession

Research Requirements

Documented experience in performing research or evaluation during or after academic training is required. This includes publications, thesis, poster presentations, or a research or evaluation proposal.


Relocation is required to various programs throughout CDC. Some assignments may also occur in other locations.


U.S. citizenship is not required. However, citizens of countries that the U.S. Secretary of State has determined to be State Sponsors of Terrorismare not eligible.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must:

  • Meet all education and experience requirements.
  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa and H-1B under the Research Scholar category (CDC will sponsor the J-1 visa for those selected for PHIFP).
August 6, 2018 Application period opens.
November 5, 2018 Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).All applications and supporting materials must be received by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

February 2019 Selected applicants invited to interview.
February and March 2019 Interviews conducted at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or by telephone. Candidates who wish to interview in person are responsible for their travel expenses.Candidates notified of acceptance into PHIFP
Summer 2019 PHIFP fellowship begins.


Application Process: Online


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