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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast


Episode #182 Learn About The CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, With Christine Caraballo

About This Episode

Many public health students and graduates desire to work with the CDC, but don’t know how to connect with the organization or don’t know much about the opportunities that exist to work with the agency. My guest on this episode is Christine Caraballo and she is the program manager for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. She will share her career journey into public health, details about the global health fellowship program at CDC, and share powerful career tips for students, graduates, and professionals.

PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, implemented by the Public Health Institute, is a CDC-funded fellowship that supports promising emerging global public health professionals to develop technical skills needed to respond to today’s public health needs and challenges.

Meet Christine Caraballo

Christine Caraballo is the Program Manager for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. In her role as Program Manager, Christine is responsible for overall day to day management of the program.

This also includes serving as the primary contact for CDC management and mentors and leading efforts in the development and interpretation of program policies and procedures.

Christine brings over 15 years of extensive experience supporting non-profit, federally funded global health programs through program management, recruitment, and customer relations.

Prior to joining the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, Christine worked as the Lead for Participant Support and Facility Security Officer for PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program II, where she provided leadership and oversight to the participant support team in areas including on boarding, orientation, travel management, site development and customer service.

She holds a BA in Sociology from San Diego State University.

Listen To The Podcast Episode

Christine's Career Tips For Students

  • Network

  • Internships

  • Build the ‘other’ parts of your resume.

Christine's Career Tips For Graduates & Professionals

  • Info interviews

  • Network

  • Research the career paths in your area of interest.

  • Build up your software skills, language and soft skills.

  • Highlight the leadership, teamwork and collaboration experience you’ve acquired as a student or in other work experiences.

Action Steps & Key Highlights From This Episode

Sign up for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program Listserv (email list) so that you are up to date on events and receive timely notifications regarding application deadlines and other activities.

Typical application period runs mid-Dec to mid-Jan and the new fellows start in September.

They typically receive around 300 applications and only have space for about 30 fellows. It is competitive, but if you are interested and feel that you meet the qualifications, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

Twice a year they hold information interviews. So, this is another reason to join their Listserv so that you receive notification of these interviews and have an opportunity to participate.


Connect with PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program website.

Connect with Christine Caraballo on LinkedIn.

Connect with PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship on Twitter

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