CDC Social Determinants of Health Fellowship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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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.

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

Application Deadline
10/13/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available in Office of Policy, Evaluation, and Legislation (OPEL) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

  • Contributing to the design, implementation, and management of a pilot project targeting community-level multi-sectoral partnerships with demonstrated success implementing policies and strategies to address selected social determinants of health (SDoH). Activities include:
    • Collaborating with external partners to develop requests for proposals, including community selection criteria, evaluation framework and design of coordinated technical assistance (TA) model
    • Assisting with direct technical support to communities, as needed.
  • Conducting literature reviews, environmental scans, and assessments to support work of center wide SDoH measurement work group
  • Compiling materials for briefings, presentations, and other products describing SDoH

The participant will have the opportunity to interact with other subject matter experts in the Center on activities related to SDoH to enable the participant to develop skills in breadth of functions at CDC that will well-position the participant for a variety of potential future opportunities.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 2020

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 can be up to 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.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Course work and/or research experience in public health; health or social psychology, behavioral health; social determinants of health, health disparities, or health equity
  • Statistics and data analysis (experience with SAS/SPSS preferred)
  • Knowledge in public health and population level strategies for chronic disease prevention and management
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 )