CDC Million Hearts Initiative

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Reference Code
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
7/31/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this opportunity could close before the application deadline.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Million Hearts® team which sits in the Office of the Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Million Hearts® core team supports the Million Hearts® initiative. Million Hearts® is a national initiative co-lead by CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent one million cardiovascular (CV) events in five years. More information about the initiative can be found at  

Research Project: Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will have the opportunity to gain experience being part of a small and dynamic team that is supporting a national public health initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The types of activities or experiences may include: 

  • Be part of a project management team, supporting the implementation of short term and long term programs
  • Writing summaries of findings, articles, meeting notes, government reports
  • Developing slides, tools and other materials suitable for publication on the Million Hearts® website, or as handouts for meetings, etc.  
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Presenting results or explaining programs to internal and external audiences, including professional meetings and/or conferences
  • Facilitating and leading meetings and calls with internal staff and partners
  • Develop and sustain key partnerships 

Learning Objectives:

  • Increased knowledge and application of public health principles in a national initiative
  • Increased knowledge of cardiovascular health and strategies to impact cardiovascular health
  • Improved meeting facilitation and speaking skills
  • Insights into program management at a national and project level

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: As soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Start date is flexible.

Appointment Length: The 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 Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information: This 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).

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. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Creative thinking 
  • Strong team player who performs equally well independently 
  • Thrives in a team environment
  • Fast learner
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (3 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 )

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