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Public Health Informatics and Technology Workforce Development Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.355
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jul 26, 2021
Application: Aug 11, 2021

Sherilyn Pruitt and Maggie Wanis

Carmel Halloun


The Public Health Informatics and Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program will provide funding to increase the number of public health professionals trained in informatics and technology with an emphasis on improving public health reporting through modern standards and computing. Through an interdisciplinary approach to data science and managing public health information, the program is designed to build capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, other minority serving institutions, and other colleges and universities to educate and diversify the future public health workforce.

Program components should include:

  • Develop a consortium that includes representatives from organizations such as:
    • Public health departments
    • Community health centers
    • Rural Health Clinics
    • Other community-based organizations
    • Behavioral health providers
    • Other local nonprofit and clinical providers
  • Curriculum development with subject areas including:
    • Health equity
    • Data science, including privacy and security
    • Data aspects of outbreak investigation
    • Epidemiology
    • Public health analytics
    • Lab based and remote diagnostics
    • Public health reporting
    • Public health emergency preparedness and response
  • Recruitment and training including undergraduate, graduate, major, minor, and/or certificate programs
  • Paid internships and placement
  • Sustainability planning
  • Participation in a community of practice

Only consortium-based approaches will be considered for this program, and applications must include letters of intent from proposed consortium members.

Lead applicants should be institutions listed below that have an existing computer science, information science, biomedical technology, public health, health informatics, or similar program.

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Other Minority serving institutions (MSIs)
  • Non- HBCU, TCU, HSI, AANAPISI, or other MSIs may also apply but must include at least one of these types of institutions as a consortium member.
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $10,000,000
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 30
Estimated total program funding: $75,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

While not required, potential applicants are encouraged to email a notice of intent to by July 26, 2021.

Applicant webinar recording

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Emergency preparedness and response · Health information technology · Health information technology workforce · Health workforce education and training · Hispanic or Latino · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · Public health · Technology for health and human services

Organizations (2)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, view details
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, view details

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