Job Overview


What exciting career opportunities await 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. 

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Division of HIV/AIDS (DHAP), Prevention Communication Branch (PCB), located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Who May Apply: Open to US citizens and applicants eligible under Schedule A authority. 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-M3-14-1159744 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.

NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location. 

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


As a Health Communication Specialist you will:

  • Consult with channel experts (e.g., organizational, community, mass media) and media outlets to research appropriate formats (e.g., pamphlets, CD-ROM, Web, curricula) for channels and messages.
  • Apply communication theories and models to communication campaign development.
  • Draft written materials that respond to inquiries from governmental and non-governmental organizations and the general public.
  • Draft letters, memos, media relations materials and other documents addressing public health communication issues.
  • Present to and brief various groups (Federal, state, and local) on program activities.
  • Prepare presentation materials (e.g. talking points, Power Point slides) for meetings, site visits, etc.
  • Develop content (e.g., fact sheets, program briefings, Questions and Answers, program summaries, Web pages, Programs-in-brief) for review by senior communication staff.
  • Work with contracting officers technical representatives who are responsible for communication grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with health officials and community representatives to promote and sustain programs.
  • Maintain internal and external partnerships, to plan implement and evaluate national communications and marketing campaigns and activities.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 2% Domestic

Relocation Authorized

  • No