Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program

Application Due Date: August 11, 2021

Anticipated Award Date: September 14, 2021

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has received $80 million to implement or expand training, certification and degree programs in public health informatics and data science at minority serving institutions (MSIs) and other colleges and universities. The funding will help to address the need for more public health professionals trained in informatics and technology, a need that has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the Public health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program is to train at least 4,000 individuals through an interdisciplinary approach in public health informatics and technology and ensure these training, certification and degree programs are sustainable to create a continuous pipeline of diverse public health informatics and technology professionals. This program would develop new curricula on public health informatics to expand upon ONC’s existing health IT curriculum. Curricula will be developed by working in conjunction with local and state public health departments, community-based organizations, and others with “on the ground” experience dealing with the most pressing and critical challenges in public health informatics and technology.

Through a four year cooperative agreement, PHIT Workforce Development Program recipients will be part of a consortium that will:

  • Develop the program curriculum
  • Recruit and train participants
  • Develop internship opportunities
  • Assist in career placement at public health agencies, public health-focused non-profits or public health-focused private sector or clinical settings

ONC will fund up to thirty (30) cooperative agreement awards for a four (4)-year period of performance. The program will be funded at $75,000,000 with funding contingent upon the availability of funds, satisfactory completion of milestones, and a determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the federal government and the public. The remaining $5,000,000 in funds will be used to support the program’s overall administration. Each individual award will not exceed $10,000,000.

Only consortia approaches will be considered for this program.

Questions or comments? Please submit via email to PHITWorkforce@hhs.gov

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Content last reviewed on July 20, 2021
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