The Center for Public Health Initiatives encourages individuals who work extensively in the area of public health at the University of Pennsylvania to apply for membership as a CPHI Fellow. There are three levels of affiliation within the CPHI:

  1. Senior Fellow
  2. Associate Fellow
  3. Adjunct Fellow

Please read the provided descriptions of each membership type before applying. Note that CPHI membership is separate from the Master of Public Health program's faculty membership. To apply for MPH faculty membership, please contact

To download the membership form, please click here (.doc).


CPHI Affiliation Type Descriptions:

Senior Fellow
The criteria for the rank of Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives are:

  • Senior Fellows must be on the Standing or Associated Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Senior Fellows must do a significant portion of their academic work in the area of public health, whether teaching, research, practice, consultation or a combination thereof. Public Health should be central to their professional identity.
  • Senior Fellows must participate in faculty meetings, seminar series, retreats, and/or other Center events.
  • Senior Fellows collaborate significantly with other Center Faculty in research and scholarship.
  • Senior Fellows serve as leaders in public health at Penn, proactively arranged activities that advance the field of Public Health at Penn.

The title 'Senior Fellow' is independent of rank in the faculty member's primary school.

Associate Fellow
The criteria for the rank of Associate Fellow of the Center of Public Health Initiatives are:

  • Associate Fellows are involved in public health at some level in their work.
  • Associate Fellows participate in Center associated activities at least 100 hours a year, which can include their public health associated research efforts.
  • Associate Fellows participate in some faculty meetings, seminars, and/or other Center events.
  • Associate Fellows should be available for individual lectures in the courses, advising for an occasional MPH capstone project, service on committees, related MPH work, teach continuing education for public health professionals, and/or participate in collaborative research or scholarship with Senior Fellows or other Center personnel.
  • Associate Fellows are requested to note their relationship to the Center for Public Health Initiatives on publications, presentations, or related activities when appropriate to the subject matter.
  • Associate Fellows are to provide an update of their Center for Public Health Initiative activities and public health teaching and research interests annually and be reappointed every two years.

Adjunct Fellow
The rank of Adjunct Fellow is given to those who otherwise meet the criteria for Senior or Associate Fellows but who are not employed faculty/staff members of the University of Pennsylvania.