Skip to Main Content

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a primary focus of our department is ensuring that we develop a sufficiently sized, well-trained, and more diverse public health workforce that is ready to respond to whatever emerging infectious, environmental, or other public health threats we will face in the future. In developing the Public Health Fellowship Program, we are supporting that mission by raising the standard for experiential learning in public health in our state and providing an opportunity for students from a variety of backgrounds and academic programs, both within and outside of public health, to explore public health careers and experience the critical work that local, state, and non-profit public health agencies do in communities across Connecticut every day.

CT DPH Commissioner Juthani

CT DPH Public Health Fellowship Program

Fellowship opportunities to promote careers in Connecticut’s Public Health Workforce

The Connecticut Public Health Fellowship Program (PHFP) is a CT Department of Public Health (CT DPH) career pathway program for students across Connecticut to gain critical experience, build professional networks and launch their career in public health service. CT PHFP is administered by the Yale Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) on behalf of CT DPH.

The PHFP aims to build interest in public health careers by supporting students in high-quality public health fellowship placements in CT and providing students with $3,500 stipends. The program is open to 3rd or 4th-year undergraduate or graduate-level students enrolled at any accredited academic institution and in any degree program relevant to public health.

Eligible placement sites include CT DPH, local health departments, and community-based public health agencies that work with state or local health agencies in Connecticut.

Please note:
— Student must be a US citizen, non-citizen US national or a foreign national having a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States
— Student must not be receiving other federals funds for their field placement

  • For Fellows

    ● Gain knowledge and experience while exploring public health careers
    ● Work closely with a preceptor on important public health initiatives
    ● Engage with practicing public health professionals around the state
    ● Receive a stipend, coaching, and administrative support throughout the field placement
  • For Public Health Agencies

    ● Support rising talent by providing opportunities to develop public health competencies
    ● Share knowledge and experience with the future public health workforce
    ● Provide fellows with a real-world understanding of health equity and the social determinants of health
    ● Cultivate a learning culture in your agency

Ready to apply?

A field placement can be driven by an eligible public health agency or an eligible student interested in a public health career in Connecticut. Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis, based on availability.

Students with a confirmed field placement experience with an agency can apply at any time. Agencies may apply to PHFP for “pre-approval” of a field placement at any time, or agencies apply along with their selected student.

Fellowships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.


To learn more or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Nikole Allen, MPH
Associate Director, Public Health Fellowship Program