CDC Fellowship for Public Health Communication/Analyst - Social Determinants of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
5/26/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Population Health (DPH), Prevention Research and Translation Branch (PRTB) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC’s Division of Population Health provides scientific leadership and expertise to prevent costly chronic diseases and improve health across the life span. PRTB provides leadership, oversight, and grant management for Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program, the Closing the Gap: Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) Accelerator Grant Program, and CDC’s Workplace Health Program.

The PRC Program provides leadership, oversight, and technical assistance to a network of 26 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) who conduct innovative public health prevention research using a community engagement approach.

The CDC Workplace Health Program provides leadership to improve the health, safety, and well-being of employees through science-based workplace health promotion programs.

The SDOH Accelerator Grant program funds state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to develop multi-sector action plans to accelerate actions that will lead to improved chronic disease outcomes among persons experiencing health disparities and inequities.

Research Project: The research participant will collaborate with program Health Scientist and Project Officers who lead the Closing the Gap: Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) Accelerator grant program and related activities, support SDOH research and other branch program planning activities, and develop special projects that aim to increase the implementation, uptake, and scale of all PRTB programs and research findings into public health practice for maximum health impact.

Learning Objectives: During this learning experience, the research participant will participate and receive training in the following areas:

  • Learn how to review recipient work-plans, evaluation plans, and evaluation reports and how to provide guidance and technical assistance to recipients
  • Contribute to communication support, communication planning and analysis, writing and editing, updating/maintaining communication resources,
  • Learn principles of health communication science and practice, information analysis that will be useful in positions involving communication health topics to the public and communities
  • Train alongside branch, division, and center workgroups and participate in the support of subject matter experts in  SDOH
  • Learn the principles of providing programmatic and evaluation technical assistance to recipients

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is LaShaun Polk ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Early 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination). Additionally, the fellow will follow the telework schedule based on guidance and recommendations applicable to all Division staff.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree to be received by August 31, 2023. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working/studies in Health Equity or Social determinants of Health
  • Good written communication skills
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (1 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 )

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)


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