Public Health Associate Program
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.
Academic requirements include:
- College graduation within the past 2 years
- U.S. military veterans who are unable to apply within 2 years due to military service obligation have up to 6 years after graduation to apply
- Currently enrolled students must graduate by July 1 of the application year to be eligible
- Official academic transcripts showing at least a 2.95 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on an eligible degree
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.
Follow the instructions in the How to Apply section of the program website.
Applicants must submit an initial application between January 18 - January 25, 2022.
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