Division of Public Health Fellowship Program

The Division of Public Health (DPH) invites recent graduates and new professionals to apply for the DPH Fellowship Program. This opportunity is for those who are interested in working in public health for state government and may not meet the required experience level to qualify for state positions. DPH has over 1,100 positions state-wide ranging in a variety of expertise and skill sets. Learn more about the organization of DPH.

Who Should Apply?

New professionals who have graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree within the last three years in a major that reflects the requirement of the position listed. DPH is looking for candidates that have:

  • A strong academic record
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work 40 hours/week
  • A desire to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • A genuine interest in advancing public health in North Carolina

DPH welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and encourage those interested in applying to check out our available positions listed below.

How to Apply:

Please complete the state application then email the application, your resume and any additional documents to Kayreen.Gucciardo@dhhs.nc.gov. Please also fill out the Division of Public Health Fellowship Application by May 19, 2023.

Below are descriptions of open positions. Applicants should carefully review the available positions and identify the areas of interest for them

Autopsy Technician Fellow ($21/hour), in-person position in Raleigh, NC: The primary purpose of this position is to provide an entry-level point for students who are interested in forensic autopsy, specifically autopsy technician or forensic pathology. While this position provides direct experience in the autopsy technician field, it also can provide helpful experience and connections with its work directly alongside forensic pathologists.

Public Health Epidemiology Fellow - Communicable Disease ($25/hour), hybrid position in Raleigh: This fellow will work with SSU database experts as well as partners in IT and subject matter experts (SMEs) to build out these capabilities in the database.  This project will include gathering requirements, working with IT on system changes, testing, collaborating on training materials, documentation, and implementation into production database.

Public Health Epidemiology Fellow - Communicable Disease Medical Consultation Unit ($25/hour), hybrid position based in Raleigh with potential travel around the state: The public health epidemiology fellow will be embedded in the Medical Consultation Unit of the Communicable Disease Branch. The fellow will participate in the day-to-day activities of the unit across several programs including routine disease surveillance activities and reporting, and outbreak response.

Public Health Epidemiology Fellow - Occupational and Environmental ($25/hour), hybrid or in-person only position in Raleigh with occasional travel around the state: The public health epidemiologist fellow will help to document how environmental injustice and climate change impact health in North Carolina.

Public Health Epidemiology Fellow - Children’s Environmental Health ($25/hour), hybrid position in Raleigh: This epidemiologist will increase the capacity of the NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (NC CLPPP) to provide enhanced surveillance and lead hazard identification in at-risk geographic areas and populations.

What to Expect?

Fellows selected will onboard with a projected start date of July 10, 2023 as full-time temporary employees of DPH for 11 months. If you are selected, you will be part of the inaugural cohort of the DPH Fellowship Program. Congratulations! Fellows will participate in monthly collective programs with other DPH fellows, opportunities for professional development, and networking events as well as attend two North Carolina based conferences. Fellows will also have access to a broad variety of training and e-learning opportunities. High deductible health insurance plan will be available within the first month of onboarding.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kayreen Gucciardo, Kayreen.Gucciardo@dhhs.nc.gov
LaDonna Huffaker, LaDonna.Huffaker@dhhs.nc.gov

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