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Click Here to Apply to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Effectiveness (PE) Fellowship, a 2-year post-doctoral research fellowship that provides experiential learning to assess the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes by determining their effectiveness, quality, and cost.  The Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship provides research opportunities that includes the use of econometric, decision science, simulation, and operations analysis and modeling to understand determinants of health, morbidity, mortality, health inequalities, healthcare use, and expenditures. The PE Fellowship builds a cadre of quantitative policy analysts whose research provides decision makers at CDC, congress, and non-governmental agencies vital information for allocating and using resources to maximize the impact of their public health programs. For more than 20 years, CDC has trained highly effective health economists through the PE Fellowship, the largest 2-year postdoctoral training program of its kind in the United States.


While most of the learning occurs in the field, the PE Fellowship sponsors a core set of didactic trainings that focus on five competency domains:

•Analysis and assessment

•Foundations for leadership

•Interpersonal and professional communication skills

•Policy analysis

•Public health science and practice


PE Fellows participate in studies to assess the effectiveness of prevention strategies. They assist CDC programs with developing the capacity to carry out economic assessments and control policies in both domestic and international settings. PE Fellows will also expand standardized methods and policies for assisting with economic studies and provide assistance with study design, data management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results, and policy formulation. To accomplish these prevention effectiveness activities and functions, PE Fellows will:  

  • Provide leadership for new and innovative approaches to studying the economics of prevention and health promotion activities including, but not limited to, cost studies, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, resource allocation, quantitative policy analysis of health system studies, and disease models. 
  • Write protocols describing standard practices for designing, implementing, and presenting studies that outline the economic impact of proposed policies and legislation. PE Fellows will also provide leadership and technical assistance for the implementation of study protocols in research settings and in collaboration with other national and international organizations.
  • Collaborate with program managers and subject matter experts to prepare and disseminate research findings and participate in applying and translating those findings to prevention activities. 
  • Provide accelerated data analysis and evaluation during CDC’s emergency activities to relay high quality information necessary for experts to make critical decisions.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for economic and quantitative policy analysis within the assigned CDC program. In this role, PE Fellows will provide advice to, and consult with, senior scientists and a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations about economic evaluation and quantitative policy analysis for disease control and prevention.