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Commissioner's Fellowship in Public Health

The TDH Commissioner’s Fellowship has been suspended at this time. We will revisit the program for fall 2021 and provide updates as available.


The Commissioner’s Fellowship in Public Health is conceptually modeled after post-graduate, medical education, with the intent of providing recent graduates an opportunity for practical, high-level experiential learning in place of or prior to additional academic institutional work leading to a terminal degree.

The Fellowship has two underlying goals:

  • Address emerging needs of public health in various areas while providing leadership, professional opportunities, and practical experience to recent graduates that will serve as a foundation for a career in public health
  • Strengthen the relationship between academia and public health practice

Fellows will be selected for a one (1) year term with the possibility of renewal for one (1) additional year. Selected fellows will be located in Nashville, and their home office will be determined by their interest area.  Each fellow will participate in topical rotations, which will be selected based on personal interests and career goals. During the rotations, the fellows' time will be divided between their designated rotations and their primary home.

For more information about specific home offices, please see below links. Be sure to indicate your prefered home office in your application email.

Commissioner Fellow, Office of Primary Prevention - Nashville, Tennessee

Commissioner Fellow, Division of Family Health and Wellness Nashville, Tennessee

Commissioner Fellow, Office of Strategic Initiatives Nashville, Tennessee


Each fellow will receive a base salary of $35,000 with state of Tennessee benefits.


Graduation from an accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s program in public health or health related field within the last twelve (12) months.

How to Apply:

Commissioner Fellowship applications are now being accepted. Please complete and submit the below application materials to by Monday, March 9, 2020. Please indicate Commissioner’s Fellowship in the subject line.

Application materials will include the following:

  • Essay (1500 words maximum) outlining interests, strengths, and qualifications. Applicants should also be able to articulate how this fellowship will benefit their long-term career plans in public health.
  • Current Résumé or CV
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation and the names of the references who will be emailing recommendations

Please note that requested materials must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered. Each application will be reviewed based on the criteria outlined below. Top scoring applicants will be asked to interview with appropriate staff members. Selected fellows must have completed their degree prior to the start date of the fellowship (approximately June 15th, 2020).

Evaluation Criteria
Maximum Points
Quality of Essay
Previous Experience

All applications and questions should be directed to: