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APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government


Public health fellowship in government

Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2017 so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area in January. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

All candidates must:

  1. 1. be an APHA member.
  2. 2. have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline.
  3. 3. have at least five years’ experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training.
  4. 4. be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residence status in the U.S.

Applications, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available on APHA’s website. The application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, is due to APHA by August 15, 2016.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at or 202-777-2510.


Susan L. Polan, PhD
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy

This fellowship is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from the Aetna Foundation.

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