Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship

Deadline: Applications accepted from Nov 15, 2013- Feb 1, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the Association of State Health Officials (ASTHO), the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), has established this Fellowship to train recent graduates in the expanding field of applied public health informatics. 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 one year of on-the-job training at a local or state health agency under the guidance of experienced mentors.

The Fellowship is designed for doctoral or master level graduates in informatics 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 applied competency-based training and experiences.  At the end of the Fellowship, graduates will have an accelerated training in practical public health informatics.  A stipend and other benefits will be available to Fellows and additional information is available.

Training 

The Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship offers an opportunity for graduates to acquire and develop public health informatics skills during a high quality, on-the job-training, program in public health practice. Fellows work closely with highly trained and experienced informaticists, epidemiologists and public health practitioners at the state and local level, as well as with those working at the federal level with the CDC.

Mentor and Host Health Agency
Each Applied Public Health Informatics Fellow is assigned to a designated host health agency and two highly trained and experienced mentors (primary and secondary mentors). Host health agencies are approved, with demonstrated capacity to provide a Fellow with technical training, applied research opportunities, and opportunities for experience in the application of public health informatics in a practical setting.

 

Fellow Application Requirements:
Eligibility: To be eligible to be an Applied Public Health Informatics Fellow, applicants must meet the following application criteria:
  • A doctoral or masters level degree is required. Qualifying degree must be from an accredited academic institution in one of the following:
    • Public health informatics or other health related informatics discipline
    • Epidemiology
    • Statistics
    • Computer science, information science, information systems
    • Public health, medicine, nursing, health care, health policy, health-services research
    • Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
    • United States citizenship or Permanent Resident
All candidates must meet the above criteria as well as at least one of the following:
A certificate issued by a degree-granting academic institution in public health informatics or master or doctoral-level coursework in public health informatics.
OR
Demonstrated academic or professional expertise in four (4) of the public health informatics competencies listed below:
  • Developing strategic direction for public health informatics within an agency
  • Estimating the impact of technology modifications on program operations and staff workflows
  • Managing IT operations related to a public health project or program
  • Conducting business process analysis and system requirements documentation
  • Evaluating public health information systems
  • Developing or evaluating knowledge management tools
  • Upgrading information systems to be more standards-based and interoperable
  • Ensuring confidentiality of health information or the security of public health information systems
  • Integrating information or information systems to support improved practice in public health or health care

Application Components

  • Identifying Information
  • Education
  • Professional Experience
  • Data Analysis Experience
  • Program areas of interest
  • Geographical preferences of
  • Personal Statement (500 words or less)
  • Resume/CV
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of US Citizenship or Permanent Residency

For more information and a link to the electronic application, please visit our webpage: http://www.aphif.org/?page_id=80

For questions, please contact: Amanda Masters, Director of Workforce Development for Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Phone: 770-458-3811.