CDC Health Policy Analysis Fellowship

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 Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
12/31/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office (PRADO), within the Office of the Associate Director for Policy & Strategy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PRADO’s mission is to conduct health policy work at CDC’s Atlanta locations, specifically in policy research and analysis and to develop evidence-based policy strategies. PRADO’s goal is also to build relationships and coordinate work across CDC and within the healthcare system, other government agencies, think tanks, policy consultancies, academic institutions, and other organizations. 

The participant will train in policy analysis and evidence assessment, review, and translation activities in support of PRADO. He/she will support policy evidence assessment efforts by conducting literature reviews and policy analyses on relevant public health topics, generating new policy-relevant evidence, and developing scientific and translation products. The participant will be part of an office that focuses on policy related analyses and evidence assessments on health care and community-wide interventions at the federal, state, and local levels that can accelerate health improvement. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may be involved in the following opportunities:

  • Conducting extensive literature searches and environmental scans, using PubMed, Westlaw and other databases
  • Conducting evidence assessments on federal, state, and community-wide interventions
  • Conducting literature reviews and synthesizing evidence for journal articles and documents to support public health policy decision-making
  • Synthesizing and translating multiple forms of qualitative data (e.g. key informant interviews, convening/focus groups, and site visits)
  • Conducting analyses using data from sources such as MarketScan, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC WONDER, HCUP, etc.
  • Presenting findings at conferences and professional meetings
  • Preparing summary reports, white papers or research documents (including reviews), formatting manuscripts for journal submission as per journal requirements, tracking documents through the publication process, and communicating with journal editors to facilitate publication of the documents and ensure deadlines are met

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, GA, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing a master's degree, or have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in public health, health policy, or relevant social sciences. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience in health policy analysis or similar field
  • Ability to perform literature searches, policy and legal analyses, and engage in scientific writing
  • Interest and experience in synthesizing and translating scientific evidence for policy decision-makers
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (1 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 )

I am currently pursuing a master's degree, or have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree within the past five years.


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