ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program

In recognition of a career dedicated to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations, ASPPH, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), established a fellowship in honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, former Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program provides training opportunities in global public health for recent graduates of Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited, ASPPH-member  schools and programs of public health (Masters or Doctoral level).

What does the ASPPH Fellowship offer you?

The fellowship is an outstanding training opportunity to learn from leading global health experts in CDC headquarters in Atlanta as well as various international posts. The students selected as Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows are expected to involve themselves, as Dr. Rosenfield did throughout his career, in all aspects of global health. Dr. Rosenfield touched many corners of public health as a leader addressing issues from women’s health to HIV/AIDS to advocating for healthcare for the poor and disadvantaged. His commitment to improving lives in neighborhoods not only close to us, but in places such as rural sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, leaves behind a powerful footprint that we hope to motivate our fellows to follow during the period of their fellowship and throughout their public health career.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to enhance training of graduates of ASPPH member schools and programs of public health with an interest in global health, HIV/AIDS, and global health security. The training offered through this program will expand the global health workforce and provide fellows an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience on the front lines of global public health. Fellows will benefit from an opportunity to apply and translate academic knowledge of public health to real world situations.

When and where are the Fellowships offered?

Global health fellowships may be placed within a global health program at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA or in one of the 50 foreign countries where CDC is working with the Ministry of Health and other public health partners, depending on the needs of the program. Additional travel during the fellowship period may be required depending on program activities and priorities. Exact geographical locations will not be determined until the final placement process. At that time, successful applicants will be offered positions and notified of the geographic location for that particular position. The selected fellows will be required to relocate to the fellowship assignment locations.

Once a candidate has accepted a fellowship position, he/she will receive detailed information on the logistics for the fellowship program and the fellowship position. Prior to leaving for the fellowship assignment locations, fellows will be required to travel to CDC in Atlanta, GA for a 10-day orientation in September 2016. Fellowship assignments will begin following Orientation.


To be eligible for this program, applicants must have received their Masters or Doctorate degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than August 2016) or within the last five years (no earlier than May 2011).  Graduate degrees must come from an ASPPH member  school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). All applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a visa permitting permanent residence (“Green Card”) in the U.S. to be eligible for the fellowship program. Certified in Public Health (CPH) preferred.

How do I apply to the program?

There are two components to the application process: the completion of the online application system and mailing of ONE set of hard copy documents, which must be received by ASPPH via traceable mail service or email (in allowable cases) by the hardcopy deadline. The following lists all documents required to apply:


  1. An essay (1500 word max) for each training area to which you are applying explaining your interests, strengths and qualifications for that position and how it will benefit your long-term career plans in the field of public health. (Only PDF format will be accepted).
  2. Resume/CV. (Only PDF format will be accepted).
  3. Two references – Name, email and phone number.

Hard copy documents:

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation (from the references provided in the online application). Must be on a letter head with contact information and original signature. Does not need to be in a sealed envelope. Please request your recommenders to not fold or staple recommendation letters.Scanned signed copies of letters of recommendation may be submitted via email ONLY IF they are emailed directly to ASPPH from the recommender to in PDF format. Applicants themselves may not submit letters of recommendation via email; they may only submit them in hard copy via traceable mail service.
  2. Signature Page available upon submitting the online application. You will need to print and sign. Please do not fold or staple pages. A signed scanned copy of the signature page may be submitted via email in PDF format to
  3. Official Graduate Transcripts (ASPPH-member school or program of public health only). This will need to be in a sealed envelope issued by your school. Electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
  4. A copy of your Green card, if you are not a U.S. Citizen. A scanned copy of a Green Card may be submitted via email to