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93.964 Public Health Traineeships


Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 767, as amended (42 U.S.C. 295b).
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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 fields with a severe shortage, e.g., (1) Biostatistics; (2) epidemiology; (3) environmental health; (4) toxicology; (5) nutrition; and (6) maternal and child health.


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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.


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.

Credentials/Documentation:   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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Award Procedure:   Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

From 3 to 5 months after receipt of applications.


Not Applicable.


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

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Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Statutory Formula: 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. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Grant support may be requested for up to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.


Reports:   No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. 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. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.

Audits:   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.

Records:   Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the FSR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.


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(Project Grants) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY 2014: (actual funding figures) $77,411 to $150,000 per year based on the number of students.

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Not Applicable.


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.


Regional or Local Office:  

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office:   Kellie Gilchrist, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94D, , Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 301-443-1077

Web Site Address:


Not Applicable.


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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