ALBANY (WENY) – Applications are now open for the New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship Program.
The first-in-the-nation program aims to help with “immediate COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts and strengthen local and statewide workforce capacities required to respond to future public health emergencies”.
The program will provide up to 1,000 full-time, paid positions with placements at the New York State Department of Health, local health departments and other health partners throughout the state. Participants will complete online coursework and receive a Public Health Essentials Certificate from Cornell University.
“The COVID pandemic ambushed New York and upended our lives, and one of the greatest lessons we’ve learned is that we need to act now and be prepared for the next public health crisis,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are teaming up with Cornell University to train and educate the next generation of public health professionals, who will be ready to hit the ground running and help their communities if and when another public health emergency hits. I encourage everyone who is interested to apply for this first-in-the-nation program and become a part New York’s emergency public health and preparedness efforts.”
Fellows selected for the program will include recent graduates and students advanced in their graduate public health studies; those from nursing, medical, dentistry, pharmaceutical and allied health programs; retired medical professionals; emergency preparedness and other New Yorkers who will receive “an intensive public health training curriculum developed by Cornell University”.
Once selected for the fellowship, participants will complete Cornell’s Public Health Essentials Certificate Program, offered by the Master of Public Health Program. The state says the program will “assist in New York’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and response operations and establish an emergency response public health capacity that lasts beyond the current pandemic”.
Cornell University President Dr. Martha Pollack said, “The Public Health Corps presents an excellent opportunity to share Cornell University’s educational resources in a way that benefits fellows in the New York State Public Health Corps. Cornell University is proud to partner with New York State to train up to 1,000 fellows so that they are ready to serve their local communities in this current and future public health emergencies.”