Fellow Information

CPHI Fellows serve as leaders in the public health community and help advance the field of public health. Fellows are engaged with the MPH program and the Center for Public Health Initiatives in various ways depending on their affiliation.

View descriptions of CPHI Fellow affiliations:

The CPHI team will review submitted CPHI Fellow applications and renewals every 6 months. Due dates for applications and renewals will be June 30th and December 31st of the respective calendar year. CPHI Fellow appointments are renewed every three years, at which point the CPHI team will request an updated CV, a statement highlighting interest, and a list of ways you've been engaged over the previous three years. Please note that CPHI membership is separate from the Master of Public Health program's faculty membership.

To inquire about CPHI Fellow appointments, please contact Dr. Hillary Nelson at hnelson@pennmedicine.upenn.edu and be specific about what you are interested in. To request an application to become a CPHI Fellow, please contact Nick Van Meter at nickvm@pennmedicine.upenn.edu. To inquire about ways to engage with CPHI as a current fellow, please contact Courtney Summers at courtney.summers@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

CPHI Affiliation Type Descriptions:

Senior Fellow

The criteria for the rank of Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives are:

  • Senior Fellows must be Standing or Associated Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Senior Fellows must do a significant portion of their academic work in the area of public health, whether teaching, research, practice, consultation or a combination thereof. Public Health should be central to their professional identity.
  • The title 'Senior Fellow' is independent of rank in the faculty member's primary school.

As a CPHI Senior Fellow, you are expected to participate in education, research, and/or community engagement. Here are some ways to engage:

Educating the Public Health Workforce

The Science of Public Health

  • Attend the CPHI seminars; co-sponsor additional seminars or introduce speakers
  • Present your research in a CPHI Brown Bag presentation

Building Healthier Communities

  • Apply for community-based pilot funding opportunities – announced in the spring
  • Help us grow the portfolio of community-driven research at Penn
  • Collaborate with Center staff on community-based activities, including ServiceLink and CPHI School-based initiatives
  • Identify new opportunities for MPH service learning and/or fieldwork

Senior Fellows should note their relationship to the Center for Public Health Initiatives on publications, presentations, or related activities. The CPHI logo is available for use here.

Associate Fellow

The criteria for the rank of Associate Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives are:

  • Associate Fellows have a significant portion of their work dedicated to public health, including but not limited to research, education, advocacy and/or programming.
  • Associate Fellows are employed full-time by the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn Health system, or CHOP. 

As a CPHI Associate Fellow, you are expected to participate in education, research, and/or community engagement. Here are some ways to engage:

Educating the Public Health Workforce

The Science of Public Health

  • Attend the CPHI seminars; co-sponsor additional seminars or introduce speakers

Building Healthier Communities

  • Apply for community-based pilot funding opportunities – announced in the spring
  • Help us grow the portfolio of community-driven research at Penn
  • Collaborate with Center staff on community-based activities, including ServiceLink and CPHI School-based initiatives
  • Identify new opportunities for MPH service learning and/or fieldwork

Adjunct Fellow

The criteria for the rank of Adjunct Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives are:

  • Adjunct Fellows dedicate a significant portion of their work to public health, including but not limited to research, education, advocacy and/or programming.
  • Adjunct Fellows should be working in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region and/or be actively collaborating on public health efforts with the University of Pennsylvania, the Penn Health system or CHOP.

As a CPHI Adjunct Fellow, you are expected to participate in education and/or community engagement. Here are some ways to engage:

Educating the Public Health Workforce

The Science of Public Health

Building Healthier Communities

  • Collaborate with CPHI staff on community-based activities
  • Identify new opportunities for MPH service learning and/or fieldwork