Public Health Job Opportunities

CDC’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) application open until Jan 28

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), a unique public health training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will open its 2020 application period January 22–28. PHAP is seeking exceptional recent college graduates interested in public health careers.

PHAP is a two year, competitive, paid training program. Associates gain broad, hands-on experience working in public health programs in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments; nongovernmental organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations.


There are numerous benefits to serving as an associate, including

  • Recognition as employees of the nation’s leading public health agency, with the salary and benefits of a term-limited, Title 5 employee
  • Formal training in key public health competency areas, including seminars, workshops, web-based courses, and conferences to enhance basic public health program skills
  • Unique experience in the day-to-day operations of public health programs, qualifying associates to convert to career positions at CDC or equivalent positions in other public health organizations


PHAP is open to recent college graduates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (3.0 GPA or higher required). Candidates must be willing to accept a position in any of the 50 states or 5 US territories and relocate at their own expense, if necessary.


Prospective candidates should visit the Become an Associate [] section of the PHAP website. There they can learn more about the PHAP application process, explore PHAP’s BEST FIT model to find out if the program is a good fit for them, find answers to frequently asked questions, and read about associate experiences. Those with further questions about PHAP or the application process can email or call 404-498-0030.