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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and LocationA research opportunity is currently available in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Science (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

CDC is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) will host the fellow. Learn more about DSEPD at

DSEPD is driven to improve health outcomes through a competent sustainable and empowered public health workforce. DSEPD manages a number of fellowship and training programs designed to provide graduates from various disciplines the opportunity to work and learn in public health programs both at CDC and in health agencies across the country and abroad.

Research Project: Within DSEPD’s Science Office, the Workforce Development and Analytics Unit (WDAU) leads assessment and analytics projects to strengthen the workforce science evidence-base and translate findings to guide public health workforce programs. The fellow will engage activities focused on the collection, management, visualization, translation, and use of workforce data. Data from DSEPD’s Enterprise Fellowship Management System (eFMS) will serve as a primary source. eFMS collects fellowship application data from several CDC flagship fellowship programs.

Other workforce-related data (e.g., survey, surveillance, research, other routine program data) may be utilized. COVID-19 highlighted the importance of a capable and nimble public health workforce. This fellowship offers the unique opportunity to make a significant impact on workforce development while enhancing the individual’s technical (data management, visualization, analysis, translation) and practical (problem-solving, communication, collaboration) skills. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may engage with DSEPD, CDC, Federal, State, and other partners on opportunities to train that may include:  

  • Collaborating on the development and implementation of workforce science analytics activities including project design, data management and analysis, development of data visuals, and use of fellowship and other workforce data
  • Collaborating on the design, development, and management of routine and ad hoc data visuals, including dashboards, using administrative and non-administrative data
  • Helping to develop and conduct data-use workshops to facilitate translation and use of data and data visuals for program monitoring, improvement, and to guide intervention development
  • Collaborating on the development of approaches to support the collection, use, and visualization of diversity and equity indicators
  • Collaborating on the identification of and changes to eFMS to meet data collection, management, access, security, and analysis needs
  • Collaborating on the development and implementation of data collection and data management guidance and documentation
  • Conducting reviews of workforce science, including analytics, subject matter materials (guidance documents, policies, technical papers, reports)
  • Collaborating on the development of information products (abstracts, reports, papers)
  • Participation in collaborative working groups

Learning Objectives:

  • strengthened/ enhanced data management, analysis, and visualization skills
  • increased experience with enterprise reporting systems including requirements development and report generation
  • increased experience analyzing administrative data and translating findings for workforce improvement
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Tonji Durant ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 2021.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity (CDC-CSELS-2021-0280).