Skip to main content

Public Health Associate Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Apr 21, 2020


The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where associates gain hands-on experience across a variety of public health settings.

Examples of a typical associate's on-the-job training include:

  • Contributing to community program planning and implementation
  • Participating in outbreak response activities
  • Developing surveillance reports for use by the agency or community
  • Collecting water samples and insect specimens for environmental testing

PHAP associates are assigned to various public health host sites across the United States and U.S. territories, including more than 20 Tribal health departments and organizations.


PHAP is geared toward recent bachelor's or master's level graduates who are interested in a career in public health.

PHAP relies on its partnerships with public health agencies and tribal and nongovernmental organizations to serve as host sites for public health associates.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Associates are considered term-limited CDC employees for the duration of the program. During the first year, associates earn a salary and benefits equivalent to a GS-5, Step 1 federal employee (including geographic cost of living adjustments). In the second year, associates are eligible to earn a salary equivalent to a GS-7, Step 1 federal employee.

Office of Personnel Management Salary Tables

Application process

Visit the program website and choose either Become an Associate or Become a Host Site

The 2020 application period for PHAP host sites will be open April 1–14, 2020.

The 2020 application period for PHAP candidates will be open January 22–31, 2020.

Tagged as
American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian · Health workforce education and training · Public health

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.