Health Communication Fellowship -- CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Prevention Research and Translation Branch of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCBDDD’s mission is to promote the health of babies, children and adults and enhance the potential for full, productive living. Joining the Prevention Research and Translation Branch, the participant will collaborate with the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) ( team.

The fellow may have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:  

  • Health Communication Project: Assisting with various projects that promote developmental monitoring of young children with three main target audiences: parents, child care providers, and health care providers, such as developing innovative health communication products such as children’s books, a photo and video library of milestones, a smartphone app for tracking early childhood developmental milestones, and many others. S/he will also have the opportunity to participate in other health communications activities including development and audience testing of health education messages and products, as well as planning for product promotion and dissemination.

  • Health Communication Strategy Support: Assisting with various elements of the Act Early Ambassador program, which aims to expand the reach of LTSAE by training and supporting a diverse group of professionals representing 44 states and territories to promote and integrate LTSAE messages and materials into programs nationwide. Duties may include assisting with project team meetings, communications with Ambassadors, responding to technical assistance requests, reviewing and synthesizing information from progress reports, planning webinars and networking events, and developing products to showcase Ambassadors’ achievements.

The “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” team is a small, interdisciplinary and dynamic group composed of behavioral scientists and health communication specialists who are involved highly collaboratively, meet often, and are rarely satisfied with status quo.

The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). 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 depending on educational level and experience as well as a stipend to support professional development. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

  • A master’s degree in behavioral or social sciences, public health, health communication, or a related field received within the last five years.

  • A background in health education/communication and promotion, and maternal and child health is preferred.

  • Some experience in health education/communication and promotion, program implementation and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, being involved with stakeholders and across stakeholder groups, and participating with multi-disciplinary project teams is desired.


Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (3 )
    • Other Non-S&E (5 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )