*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Georgia, is seeking a Public Health fellow.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish its mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

The Office of Emergency Management is CDC’s focal point for science-based emergency management related to the environmental public health consequences of natural and technological disasters. This position will provide educational experience related to professional, programmatic, and scientific support to the Natural Hazards Team and the Associate Director for Emergency Management.

Research Project: The fellow will obtain programmatic and scientific training from the Natural Hazards Team and the Associate Director for Emergency Management. The training will include emergency management protocols and tools, researching peer reviewed publications, emergency response activation and disaster exercises, and coordination and evaluation of program development strategies. In addition, the fellow will receive training related to coordinating and collaborating with multiple stakeholders on emergency management projects and activities.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the role of public health in managing environmental disasters Understand CDC emergency operations protocols and processes
Develop the capability to function within the CDC IMS (if opportunity arises)
Understand and articulate the role of mitigation and risk reduction as part of the disaster risk management cycle
The appointment may provide additional training opportunities in support of other activities related to the mission of OEM, with approval and guidance from the mentor.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Mollie Mahany (heu0@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 9, 2023.  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 only.

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.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.ATSDR@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

Master’s in Public Health, preferably with a focus on environmental health and/or disaster management.