As an APHC participant, you will receive hands-on experience in establishing program evaluation frameworks for and conducting evaluation activities related to programs, policies, and practices implemented within the Army and DoD. You will have an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills as you take part in various program evaluation projects supporting APHC’s mission.  The selected participant will be exposed to various types of evaluation efforts, including one or more projects of mutual interest to APHC and the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS-G9), Soldier and Family Readiness Division (SFRD), whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and Family Members. Current assessment and program evaluation priorities of the APHC and SFRD collaboration include but are not limited to: (1) assessing implementation of a revised financial readiness training, (2) evaluating implementation and outcomes of an existing program for single Soldiers, geographic bachelors, and single parents, and (3) routine reporting on key health and quality of life indicators in the recurring Health of the Army Family report.

Under the guidance of APHC mentors you will apply existing and gain new knowledge and skills (e.g., literature review, program evaluation, statistics, database management) in public health prevention and evaluation approaches in an applied setting.  Opportunities will likely include, but will not be limited to review of the evidence base to inform recommendations for improved public health implementation, develop  and  refine evaluation and monitoring questions to assist Army leaders to make data informed decisions; develop  data  collection  tools;  collect,  analyze  and  report  qualitative  and/or  quantitative data; and communicate findings. In preparing you for the labor force, APHC will provide opportunities for you to regularly collaborate with project team members and occasionally collaborate with external partners of the APHC to collect, analyze, and interpret data, translate findings into actionable recommendations, and assist partners to develop plans for action informed by findings and recommendations.

About U.S. Army Public Health Center (APHC)

The U.S. Army Public Health Center (APHC) mission is to enhance Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging health threats, developing and communicating public health solutions, and assuring the quality and effectiveness of the Army's Public Health Enterprise.  Their vision is to be a world-class provider of public health services across the Army and DOD. Within the APHC Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate, the Public Health Assessment Division (PHAD) advocates, builds capacity, and provides comprehensive program evaluation services to inform evidence-driven decision making within the Army Public Health System. The Public Health Assessment Division is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of scientists, advanced public health practitioners, and program evaluators.