Job Overview


What exciting career opportunity awaits you at CDC?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

The CDC Public Health Associates Program (PHAP) for recent graduates is a CDC workforce development program that provides opportunities for promising, future public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. The goal of PHAP is to attract candidates with a minimum of a bachelor's degree to a career in public health. The PHAP is a two year developmental program where Associates will gain hands-on, frontline experience that will serve as a foundation for a career in public health. Upon completion of a two-year training program, Associates may be eligible for conversion to an entry-level career as CDC Public Health Advisors. Associates may also be eligible to apply for positions at the local, state and territorial levels.

To be eligible for the CDC PHAP for recent graduates, applicants must apply within two years of degree completion or earn a degree by July 1, 2014, (veterans who are precluded by military service from applying during their two-year window will have up to 6 years to apply).

This position is located throughout the United States and its territories. The exact location will be determined upon selection. Candidates must have the ability to accept positions within any of the 50 US States and territories. Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


As Public Health Advisor you will:

  • Serve as a trainee receiving formal and on the job training designed to familiarize you with the functions and operations of basic public health concepts, principles, and techniques.
  • Work with selected public health projects or portions of a larger public health project that is typically of limited complexity.
  • Perform duties related to the development, extension, and improvement of health care systems.
  •  Interview individuals to obtain information.
  •  Disseminate materials and information.

Some locations may require a valid driver's license and vehicle to perform essential duties.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 10%

Relocation Authorized

  • No