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Public Health Traineeships

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services


To support students pursuing a graduate degree in fields with a severe shortage of health professionals, such as epidemiology, environmental health, toxicology, nutrition, biostatistics, and maternal and child health through the provision of tuition, fees, stipends and allowances.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $14,336,417; FY 10 est $1,436,417; FY 11 est $1,436,417

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Grant funds may be used only to support students enrolled in grant-eligible graduate programs for severe shortage public health professions. Students pursuing joint degrees such as the MPH/MD, MPH/MSN, MPH/MSA, etc., are eligible for traineeship support for completion of their public health degree only. Funding may not be sought for courses or other expenses related to their non-public health degree curriculum. Funding may not be used to support residency requirements. Traineeship expenditures are limited to payment of stipends, tuition and fees in accordance with the institution's established rates, and a transportation allowance on an individual trainee basis when prior approval has been obtained from the Grants Management Officer. Grantees may not spend grant funds for sectarian instruction or for any religious purpose. Use of traineeship funds for indirect cost (overhead) of the trainee institution is not authorized.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: TBD. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$9,404 to $182,096; $57,194.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Project periods are for one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Applicant Eligibility:

Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to the current grantees/awardees receiving funds under this activity code. Funding is for a second or subsequent budget period within a previously approved project period for the Public Health Traineeship Program. Eligible applicants must be any school of public health, and/or other public or nonprofit private entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited by a body recognized for the purpose of providing specialized training in public health by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

(1) Trainees must be United States Citizens or non-citizen nationals and foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. (2) Trainees must be pursuing a graduate degree in an accredited school of public health or other eligible institution. (3) For grants awarded on the basis of a formula, all trainees must meet the admission requirements specified in the approved grant application and those of the institution.

Award Procedure:

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Marcia Starbecker 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-6867

Website Address:

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