ASPHN's DNPAO Nutrition and Physical Activity Traineeship


A strong and sustainable public health nutrition and physical activity workforce with cross cutting skills and competencies.


To create a qualified, diverse workforce for public health nutrition and physical activity careers.


An eight week learning traineeship with a fellowship grant provided for university students from historically underrepresented populations (racial and ethnic) seeking careers in public health nutrition and physical activity.   

WELCOME TO THE DNPAO NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TRAINEESHIP! This opportunity was created to encourage university students from racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented to select careers in public health nutrition and physical activity.

TIMEFRAME AND PLACEMENT. The DNPAO Nutrition and Physical Activity Traineeship is highly competitive — with limited spots — offered in June and July during university summer semesters. The selected students receive an 8-week learning opportunity in nutrition and physical activity related initiatives at state level health departments and similar agencies; nutrition and physical activity related environmental, systems, and policy interventions will be covered. The traineeship offers in-person, virtual learning, or hybrid approaches. Placements are listed on the application. 

FELLOWSHIP GRANT. A fellowship grant is awarded to the chosen students during the eight weeks. The funds received are to be used to pay for tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution, or for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at the educational institution. The traineeship does not provide funding for housing, transportation, or relocation. 

Apply As A Trainee Now!

Have questions about the DNPAO Nutrition and Physical Activity Traineeship? Consult our FAQ!

Application Timeline

Student applications start in January 2023 for the summer 2023 placement. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023. Selected applicants will be notified in April 2023. Please review the timeline below for complete details.


The eligibility criteria for student selection are:

  1. RACE OR ETHNICITY: Represent a historically underrepresented population.
  2. CITIZENSHIP STATUS: Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or U.S. National.
  3. ENROLLMENT STATUS: Currently enrolled and will be taking summer courses in a United States university which is physically located in the USA, pursuing a degree in nutrition, exercise science/kinesiology, or related degree such as foods, wellness, fitness, or physical education degree (major or minor) in a United States of America (USA) university program which is physically located in the United States (US) or US territory. Transcript required, official or unofficial.
  4. STUDENT STATUS: Classification of undergraduate student (junior or senior), graduate student (master’s or doctorate), or dietetic internship student. 
  5. GRADE POINT AVERAGE: Have a minimum of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale of all major courses.
  6. EXPERIENCE: Possess public health/community experience, volunteer or paid.
  7. IDENTIFICATION: Possess a valid government ID.

A transcript (official or unofficial) is required at the time you apply. The application has a faculty support form that must be completed and attached to the application.

Interested In Becoming A Preceptor?

Would you like to help build a more diverse public health workforce? Consider hosting a student who is accepted into the DNPAO Nutrition and Physical Activity Traineeship. SPAN and REACH recipients, and DNPAO Ambassador states are eligible to serve as preceptors. The Traineeship is for 8-weeks, 30 hours a week, during June-July. More information will be available in mid-2023.

This page was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU38OT000279 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Health and Human Services, or the US government.

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