Public Health Job Opportunities

CDC PHAP Program: Application open

The 2021 application period for PHAP candidates is now open through 11:59 pm (ET), January 29. 

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories, and work alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings.

Throughout the two-year training program, associates gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. After completing the program, PHAP graduates are qualified to apply for jobs with public health agencies and organizations.

View more information and apply here.

ASPPH Fellowships

Since 1995, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Fellowship Programs have contributed to efforts to build an effective public health workforce by placing public health graduate students in federal agency offices in the US and around the world. Under the guidance of mentors, participants experience first-hand how to apply public health theory and knowledge in practical settings. ASPPH fellows train in areas such as monitoring and surveillance, program management, research, evaluation, informatics, statistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and policy while making meaningful contributions to important public health programs.

HRSA Maternal & Child Health Bureau positions for recent graduates and student interns

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau has posted two positions for recent graduates and two opportunities for student interns:

Public Health Analyst (a COPH graduate has done this program, and had a great experience–he actually has stayed on with MCHB): []

Management Analyst: []

HRSA Pathways Office Automation Clerk Student Intern, Rockville (GS-0399-1/4): []

HRSA Pathways Student Intern – Medical /Health, Rockville (GS-0699-5/7): []

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Since 1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities.

This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies to engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in a variety of fields, such as public policy, foreign policy, business administration, engineering, science, technology, public health, cybersecurity, and more.

The PMF Program seeks eligible graduate students every year who want to make a difference through public service. 

The selection process for the Presidential Management Fellows Program consists of the following:

  1. Application
  2. On-Line Assessment
  3. Finalist Selection
  4. Agency Placement as a Fellow

More information about application and selection is available on the PMF website, at

If you are interested in federal employment, you should consider this program (many fellows go on to secure a permanent position). Recent years have seen a number of public health related positions, and we expect to see even more this year.

The website has a lot of helpful information for applicants on the Become a PMF tab. This year the application will be open from September 30th – October 14th.

Project Associate

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) ( is accepting applications for a Project Associate to work with their technical research program – the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC).  

About ECOS

ECOS is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental leaders. The purpose of ECOS is to improve the environmental capabilities of state environmental agencies and their leaders to protect and improve human health and the environment of the United States. To facilitate that, ECOS staff work with state environmental directors to champion the role of states, provide for the exchange of ideas, foster cooperation and coordination, and articulate state positions to federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

About ITRC

The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition of public and private sector members working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. ITRC produces documents and training that broaden technical knowledge and expedite quality regulatory decision-making while protecting human health and the environment.

Job Description
Primary responsibilities include:
·     Assist technical teams with environmental research including state surveys and outreach
·     Generate team products such as videos, presentation materials, and informational sheets
·     Create ITRC team guidance materials to support successful team management
·     Maintain ITRCS presence at relevant conferences and meetings
·     Manage communication on ITRC social media and the ITRC website
·     Write news items and newsletters and handle communication with other state associations
·     Identify new funding opportunities and develop grants for new funding resources
·     Solicit partners and assist in proposal development for new ITRC teams
·     Develop Board materials, meeting minutes, and manage ad-hoc subcommittee meetings
·     Manage ITRC meeting tasks such as registration, meeting materials, webinars, app development, and provide on-site meeting support  

Minimum Qualifications
·     Undergraduate communications, journalism, or environmental degree with two to three years post-graduate professional experience.
·     Excellent internal and external oral and written communication and organization skills.
·     Ability to work independently on project work and as a team member with colleagues.
·     High degree of personal accountability, professionalism, accountability, and motivation.
·     Ability to work on many projects simultaneously and to prioritize tasks.
·     Knowledge of marketing techniques and communicating on professional social media.    

The annual salary for this position is dependent upon qualifications and ranges from $45,000 to $55,000. Competitive benefits provided. This is a full time, non-exempt position in Washington D.C. with the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.   

To Apply To apply for this position, send a resume and cover letter by May 25, 2020 to Patricia Reyes, ITRC Director at ECOS is an equal opportunity employer. Position will remain open until filled.   
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