Since graduating in May, I have started a position in the Center for Disease Control’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). PHAP is a two-year paid (including all federal benefits) training with CDC. Associates in the program are placed all over the country at local, state, and non-profit public health agencies. After the two-years, associates have the potential to convert to full time positions at CDC. During the program, associates receive support and guidance from a CDC supervisor and mentor.
I am currently at the Chicago Department of Public Health working in the tuberculosis program. So far it has been an amazing experience! I have been able to get a lot of “hands-on” opportunities at the local health department, putting into practice many of the principles learned in the Health Promotion program.
I highly encourage interested students at Iowa to explore this wonderful opportunity. Each year the program accepts around 200 associates. Applications are open in January and associates begin in October. More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/phap/.