Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) Public Health Traineeships

The purpose of this grant program is to provide grants to accredited schools of public health and to other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in severe workforce shortage disciplines of public health.

The PHT Program will provide

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traineeship support to cover the costs associated with tuition, fees, stipends and allowances (including travel and subsistence expenses and dependency allowances) for students pursuing graduate training or specialized education in six core public health disciplines (epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, toxicology, nutrition and maternal and child health) identified in the legislative language as severe workforce shortage areas.

The traineeship support is to encourage students to pursue and continue their training in the public health shortage disciplines identified.

Students receiving traineeship support must also participate in public health practice-based field placements particularly in state and local health departments and/or in underserved communities.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Association Of State And Territorial Health Officials, The $ 3,486,480   2011-09-012023-08-31
University Of Southern California $ 124,578   2014-09-012017-08-31
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 149,986   2014-09-012017-08-31
University Of Georgia $ 149,127   2014-09-012017-08-31
University Of Arizona $ 98,714   2014-09-012017-08-31
Trustees Of Indiana University $ 150,000   2014-09-012017-08-31
Trustees Of Boston University $ 150,000   2014-09-012017-08-31
Florida A & M University $ 126,840   2014-09-012017-08-31
University Of New Mexico $ 99,774   2014-09-012016-08-31
Texas A&m University System, The $ 146,819   2014-09-012016-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used only to support students enrolled in a grant-eligible post-bachelor?s degree certificate program, a master?s program, or a doctoral program in public health to pursue training or specialized education in the six core public health disciplines (epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, toxicology, nutrition and maternal and child health).

Traineeship expenditures may be used for 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.

Funding may not be used for courses or other expenses related to the grantee?s non-public health degree curriculum.

Funding may not be used to support residency requirements.

Use of traineeship funds for indirect cost (overhead) of the trainee institution is not authorized.

Up to twenty percent of funding may be dedicated to grantee activities other than traineeship support, including recruitment of students and development and implementation of practice-based field placements; this amount includes indirect costs.

No less than eighty percent of a grantee?s overall requested budget must be dedicated and distributed as traineeships to enrolled students in the identified public health disciplines.

Student stipends should not exceed $5,000 per student per year.

A stipend can also be provided as a subsistence allowance to help trainees defray living expenses during the training experience. Restricted Uses: Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are schools of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and/or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited by a body recognized for the purpose of providing graduate or specialized training in public health, Faith-based and community-based organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply for these funds if otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

(1) Trainees must be United States Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign national having in his/her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States; (2) trainees must be enrolled in a post-bachelor?s certificate, master?s or doctoral public health program; (3) trainees must be pursuing one of the six shortage public health disciplines; and (4) trainees must be committed to participating in a practice-based internship or field placement, preferably in state and local health departments and /or organizations in underserved communities.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through All eligible, 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. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Award Procedures

Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.


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


Section 767 of the Public Health Service Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 - 180 days after receipt of applications.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The initial project period for this program was for three years; however, project periods were reduced and programs were closed out (with project periods ending on August 31, 2015). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Both program and financial reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance and annual progress reports.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA?s Application Guide.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this Notice of Funding Opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.


109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records three years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the three 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 three year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at

Information Contacts

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. . Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.

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