Health Policy Fellowship

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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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
7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time Zone

A fellowship is available in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary (OS), at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in Rockville, MD.

OASH provides leadership to the nation on public health and science matters, and communicates on these subjects to the American people. OASH is a Staff Division in HHS that performs both policy and program roles and is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), whose chief mission is promoting, protecting, and improving the  nation’s health. For additional information, please visit:

ODPHP, strategically placed in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, has been leading the alignment of disease prevention and health promotion activities across the department for more than 30 years. Within ODPHP, the Division of Prevention Science coordinates departmental efforts in the development of 1) Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), which form the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy, are the basis of Federal food, nutrition, and health programs, and are issued jointly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) every five years since 1980; and 2) the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG), which provide science-based recommendations and summarize the latest knowledge about physical activity and health.

The primary role for the health policy fellow will be supporting the coordination and development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and may be involved in the following activities:

  • Supporting the development, implementation, and reviewing of activities.
  • Reviewing of DGA/PAG projects and materials through research, writing, and editing.
  • Communicating and disseminating the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
  • Participating in and supporting of the evaluation of team projects in the area of disease prevention and health promotion.
  • Replying to Departmental correspondence and clearances.
  • Supporting Division of Prevention Science meetings, contributing to program development and implementation.
  • Contributing to Departmental prevention efforts in ways that support the team efforts.

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 HHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS 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 HHS in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

  • Currently pursuing a Master's degree in nutrition science or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • It is preferred that the applicant be able to demonstrate ability to present information, both orally and written, and be able to work independently as well as with a team.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (2 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (4 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (20 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (3 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (4 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 )

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