PHAP Webinar Inside Look!

On Thursday, November 30, the School of Public Health will be hosting a PHAP webinar. What is PHAP? PHAP stands for the Public Health Associates Program! This webinar will tell you everything you need to know about applying to the PHAP and what it is all about!

I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Susan Simmons, Director of the Office of Career Services in SPH, who gave me an inside scoop what to expect during the seminar. She was able to cover some preexisting questions and concerns that many of you may have.

  • What is the program? The Public Health Associates Program is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that places PHAP Fellows in local, state, or territorial health departments for training as public health professionals. In addition, PHAP Fellows participate in training opportunities through the CDC over the course of the program. The program is open to both Bachelor’s level and Master’s level candidates. You do not need to have direct public health experience to apply, however, you need to be passionate about pursuing a career in public health. Participants may be placed in any PHAP location where a need exists.
  • What will be discussed? During the webinar, an IU alumna currently serving as a PHAP Fellow will share her experiences with the program, including – how to apply, tips for success, and what to expect!
  • What do I need to know? The application window is very short – a period of about 1 week in early January 2018, so now the time to put your application materials together. Register to participate in an online webinar with an IU alumnus, currently serving as a PHAP Fellow. 

The webinar will cover the steps in the application process, timeline, and tips for SUCCESS. Since the program is run through the CDC, applicants must apply via Knowing what to expect in advance of the application period is very important for success. The goal of the PHAP Webinar is to give IU students the knowledge they need to submit a competitive application.

The webinar is open to all students and will be recorded for those unable to join the webinar live. The best part is, you can join the webinar without even having to leave your bed! You can even enjoy a bowl of popcorn while doing so. What’s better than that?!



Georgina, or Gina, is finally a senior at IU, majoring in HDFS with a minor in Criminal Justice.  Hobbies include dance, cooking, and spending time with loved ones including her cats Shadow and Mocha. Her future career plan is to attend law school to become a divorce and child custody attorney. Advocate for equality, peace, and self-love, who writes all her blogs with a cup of coffee in her midst!

By Gina Nicholos
Gina Nicholos