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The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) role as a leader in the response to emerging global public health needs and challenges by offering competent and well-educated early career professionals training opportunities working on the front lines of global health. PHI and CDC’s Center for Global Health work in conjunction with CDC offices around the world to develop, fund, and implement the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, and to place fellows in CDC host offices in Atlanta, Washington DC, or overseas in one of the CDC’s 60+ locations.

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. 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 this mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.


Disease knows no borders. In today’s interconnected world, diseases can spread from an isolated, rural village to any major city in as little as 36 hours. The U.S. cannot protect its borders and the health of its citizens without addressing diseases elsewhere in the world. Through the Center for Global Health, CDC works 24/7 to protect Americans and save lives around the world by detecting and controlling outbreaks at their source. In addition, CDC helps other countries increase their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to health threats on their own.

The Center for Global Health works in the following seven target areas:

  • Global Health Security
  • Global Health Protection
  • Immunization
  • HIV & Tuberculosis
  • Malaria & Parasitic Diseases
  • Other Diseases & Threats
  • Food & Water
Photo credit: Erika Meyer/CDC

Visit the CDC website and view CDC’s Official Mission Statements/Organizational Charts to learn more about CDC′s organizational structure and pledge to the American people.

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is implemented for CDC by the Public Health Institute and its partner Consortium of Universities for Global Health.


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