Strengthening health systems through interprofessional education (SHINE) is the focus of our fellowship programs. The Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF), Informatics Training in Place Program (I-TIPP), and Health Systems Integration Program (HSIP) are fellowship programs that provide capacity building opportunities at health departments in health systems, informatics, and epidemiology. The fellowship programs’ mission is to meet the nation’s increasing and urgent need for applied public health informatics and epidemiology workforce capacity in state and local health departments. The fellowship programs focus on:
Providing an accelerated training experience
Strengthening capacity in applied public health informatics and epidemiology across public health institutions
Providing service to the sponsoring agency
Creating and training a core group of public health workers
Interprofessional education in public health
APHIF was established in 2012 to train recent graduates in the expanding field of applied public health informatics. The goal of the fellowship is to provide a high quality training experience for the Fellow while providing service to the host agency and to secure long-term career placement for Fellows at the state or local level. Participating Fellows will receive one year of on-the-job training at a local or state health agency under the guidance of experienced mentors.
HSIP aims to place public health professionals at State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial health departments. The recent push for improved outcomes in population health has called for these public health and primary care sectors to collaborate more effectively.The Fellows will be involved in activities that address 1) community epidemiologic surveillance to support community health needs assessments, 2) the public health interface and use of electronic health records, and 3) lessons learned from successful public health and primary care professional partnerships.
I-TIPP is an innovative-approach to bring relevant on-the-job training to appropriate State, Tribal, Local, Territorial (STLT) health department staff. “Training-In-Place” is defined as the systematic approach to deliver an applied training curriculum in the workplace. I-TIPP aims to train members of existing workforce while they are employed in a STLT health department. Delivered over a one year period, this program is designed for individuals with an interest in gaining more training in public health informatics. This applied training program will provide an overview of various topics within public health informatics with a particular emphasis on meaningful use (MU) and surveillance system improvement.
SHINE Fellowship Comparison
Recent doctoral or masters level graduates with public health experience and have an interest in public health informatics
Practitioners with a doctoral degree and two years of experience or a master’s degree with four years of experience
Entry to mid-level existing health department employees with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and one year of employment with their agency
Types of Fellow Projects
Fellows work on various informatics projects such as Electronic Clinical Laboratory Report Standardization Assessment to assess current commercial laboratory information flow and recommend steps toward interoperability and standardization, communicable disease surveillance and outbreak detection and comparison of mapping local codes and LOINC codes among different institutions
Fellows will support projects on epidemiologic surveillance, community health needs assessment, the public interface and use of electronic health records, and sharing lessons learned from successful public health and health systems partnerships
Projects will be based on: Surveillance System Improvement or Meaningful Use
Duration of Fellowship
$85,000 for board certified physicians
Fellows remain an employee at their health agencies and do not receive a stipend