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ASPPH Presents: Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Program and BEST FIT Candidate Model Overview

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a two-year, paid, competency-based training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and non-governmental organizations around the country. Associates are early career public health professionals with a desire to impact public health service delivery. During their two-year training, associates will gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation in their public health career. The BEST FIT Model describes the characteristics of the ideal PHAP candidate. The seven BEST FIT characteristics are: Big picture thinker, Effective communicator, Socially and culturally inclusive, Thrives in a dynamic environment, Flexible, Intelligent, and Tactile learner. The 2017 application cycle for PHAP candidates is open in the beginning of January; specific dates will be posted to the PHAP website once finalized.


– Members of the Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement Team, Public Health Associates Program (PHAP)
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention