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California Pathways Into Public health initiative

​About California Pathways into Public Health (Cal-PPH) Fellowship​

The Cal-PPH Fellowship Program is a paid training and job placement program for early-career public health professionals to gain experience working at a local health department (LHD). Throughout the program, Cal-PPH Fellows will build their public health professional capacity, specifically, building proficiency in core competencies that support their ability to deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services (EPHS)​.​​

Cal PPH Fellows support LHD host sites by conducting a wide range of entry-level public health activities. Key job duties include(but are not limited to): 

  • Communicable disease intervention activities ​​
  • Emergency preparedness activities​ 
  • Health education/communications and community outreach​ 
  • Program planning, implementation, and evaluation activities​ 

Upon completing the program, Cal-PPH Fellows are more qualified to apply for permanent positions with local health departments or other public health agencies. ​​

Eligibility Requirements

The Cal-PPH Fellowship Program is looking for applicants who are interested in long-term careers working in public health. ​ 

Applicants must meet one of the following work experience/education requirements–​ 

  • High school diploma plus at least four years of any work experience; OR​ 
  • Associate degree plus at least two years of any work experience; OR​ 
  • ​Bachelor’s degree​ 

Applicants must also be able to–​ 

  • Work in-person at the local health department; AND​ 
  • Build trust and use strong interpersonal skills with diverse individuals​​

Application Details

The application cycle for the Cal-PPH Fellowship Program scheduled to begin on May 1, 2023, closed on February 13, 2023, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.​ 

​2023 Timeline

The dates below are subject to change at any time.

​By mid-February select candidates will be contacted by email and asked to complete a Supplemental Application Survey. Candidates who receive a survey must complete and return the survey within 72 business hours from the time the email arrives in their inboxes. Please be sure to check your spam or junk email to make sure you do not miss communications.
​Interviews are anticipated to occur in mid-March and early April. CDPH will contact select candidates by email to schedule a virtual interview.
​Fellowship placements will be offered by early April. Final HR logistics and background checks will occur throughout April.
​The Cal-PPH Fellowship program is scheduled to begin May 1, 2023, with onboarding and intensive training.
Selected Cal-PPH Fellows deploy to local health departments no later than mid-May.

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