Public Health Traineeships

To support traineeships for students in graduate educational programs in accredited schools of public health and to other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in Public Health which offer graduate programs for training in Public Health

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fields with a severe shortage, e.g., (1) Biostatistics; (2) epidemiology; (3) environmental health; (4) toxicology; (5) nutrition; and (6) maternal and child health.
Examples of Funded Projects

Support of trainees who are pursuing a graduate course of study in: (1) biostatistics (2) epidemiology; (3) environmental health; (4) nutrition; (5) toxicology; and (6) maternal and child health.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - David Hanny, Program Officer, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6950 and Email:
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007 22 awards were made. In FY 2008, it is estimated that 22 continuation awards will be made.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Schools and programs of Public Health and other public or nonprofit private educational entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, and other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited by a body recognized for this purpose by the Secretary of the 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.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Professions. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award issued from the Headquarters Office.

Deadlines .


Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 769, 42 U.S.C. 294, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 5 months after receipt of applications.




At the end of the initial project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted for up to three (3) years of support.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Available funds are provided to schools of public health and other eligible accredited applicants on the basis of a formula which considers comparative enrollment of trainees in the applicant's proposal. This program has no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant support may be requested for up to 3 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


A Uniform Progress Report must be submitted via on-line for the current reporting period via the Bureau's web page, click on Grantee Reports.

A financial status reports must be submitted within 90 days after the end of each budget period.

A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,289,740; FY 08 est $1,258,262; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(2007) $9,404 to $182,096; $57,194 average.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

David Hanny, Program Officer, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6950 and Email:

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-3524; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

After staff review, funds are awarded on a formula basis among the eligible applicant schools of public health and other accredited public or private nonprofit institutions based on the number of students preparing to enter occupations for which there exist severe shortages.

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