Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fellowships & Internships

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.

Application Information

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. Most assignments are at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, however relocation may be required to one of the assignment locations listed below:
    • Washington, DC
    • Fort Collins or Denver, Colorado
    • Hyattsville, Maryland
    •  Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
To be eligible for PHIFP, you must have:
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.


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).
Application Procedure:
You will apply online. The application will ask for your:
  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Post-graduate training and skills
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Publications, presentations, and grants
  • Honors and awards
  • Personal statement (in essay form) of 1,000 words or less addressing the following questions:
    • What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why?
    • How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans?
    • How will PHIFP complement your previous training and experience?
  • Applicant survey
You will provide supporting materials:
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial college or university transcripts
Application Deadline: November 1, 2016 

All applications and supporting materials must be received by the deadline.
Late applications will not be considered.


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