Policy Research and Surveillance Fellowship--CDC

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

A complete application consists of:

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

If you have questions, send an email to CDCrpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
2/16/2018 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

An opportunity is available in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), Applied Research and Evaluation Branch, at the Centers for Disesae Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The opporutnity is with the Applied Research and Translation (ART) team’s portfolio of policy research. The ART conducts applied research and translates research to practice through the development of tools, guidance documents and resources, and evidence-based policy analyses for practitioners in the field. Much of the applied research and translation work is conducted in support of CDC-funded state and community programs.

The fellowship will be focused on the ART team’s portfolio of policy research. The team conducts state law analyses of enacted cardiovascular disease prevention laws, monitors changes in law for specific topics over time, and researches the effectiveness of policy interventions. The fellowship will provide an opportunity to assist with a variety of projects while building skills through both formal and informal training and mentoring.  Activities will primarily focus on policy research, policy surveillance, and evidence-based policy analyses and will fall broadly within the areas of legal research and science to support the team’s work.  Potential activities may include:  policy analysis, tracking and monitoring cardiovascular disease prevention state law, policy impact research, conducting literature review and synthesis in support of scientific statements and analyses, preparing guidance documents and tools to disseminate evidence-based strategies, and developing and maintaining relationships with staff in other parts of CDC and other agencies.

The participant may contribute to content work on Million Hearts® and in the Applied Research and Evaluation Branch. Million Hearts® content work includes promoting effective public health strategies like self-management of blood pressure, clinical quality measurement and improvement, surveillance, and evaluation. The Branch’s portfolio of other work includes translating science to practice, developing tools and products, systematic reviews, program evaluation and evaluation research, and various projects related to pharmacists, community health workers, sodium reduction, policy analysis, and indicator development and use.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. 


  • Master’s degree with an interest in chronic disease prevention and health promotion earned within the past five years required is required.
  • Law degree and a background in public health, health policy, program evaluation, and performance measurement also desired
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (1 )