Public Health Training for Northeast Ohio Workforce (PHT-NOW)

Funded slots for the PHT-NOW program are currently full. If additional funded slots become available, the application process will reopen. Check here periodically for updates or reach out to with any questions.

Interested in entering the field or advancing your career as a public health expert?

Interested in professional opportunities or advancement at local public health agencies?

Would you like to study public health at one of Ohio’s top universities? Apply now for one course, three courses, a five-course certificate program, or a fully accredited MPH degree

Apply now for full scholarships to study Public Health at Case Western Reserve University through the Public Health Training for Northeast Ohio Workforce (PHT-NOW) Program!

The CWRU MPH Program in partnership with the Cleveland Department of Public Health is currently offering competitive scholarships to strengthen public health training and impact in Northeast Ohio, including local communities that have been historically under-represented or under-served.

Application Process

Applicants will submit application materials to the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies for admission initially as “non-degree” students at

Required materials include a cover letter, CV/resume, bachelor’s degree transcript, and at least one letter of support from the applicant’s current public health agency employer. The cover letter should describe how this advanced public health training will be utilized by the applicant to positively impact our community and public health workforce. The cover letter should include mid- and long-term plans to demonstrate the applicant’s dedication to health in our communities and sustained professional application of this training in the region’s public health workforce. Upon submission of application materials in the above Graduate Studies non-degree application, applicants should notify the MPH Program of their completed submission by emailing

Application materials should be submitted no later than December 30th (Spring Admission), May 15th (Summer Admission) or August 1st (Fall Admission). Following the first course as a non-degree student, trainees may apply to be considered for 3 courses, 5 courses (certificate), or 14 course training (accredited MPH degree).


Applicants must currently be employed by an approved public health agency in Northeast Ohio. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, submit a complete application to the CWRU MPH Program, be admitted and matriculated as non-degree students, Certificate, and/or MPH students in the CWRU MPH Program. Selected trainees must meet all rules and requirements of the CWRU School of Graduate Studies, PQHS Department, and MPH Program, and remain a student in good standing to be, and remain, eligible for this award.   

Scholarship Review Committee

Upon receipt of the application, the review committee will select award recipients that they believe will best strengthen public health training and impact locally. The review committee will prioritize local/regional health department personnel/staff/trainees, local health system employees, and regional public health organizations/partners.

The review committee will include the CDPH and CWRU MPH Program leadership, MPH Director of Community-Based Education, and at least one community representative. Final selection will be subject to the approval of the Director of the CWRU MPH Program.


Funding is available for trainees to enroll CWRU MPH Program courses. Trainees may for:

1) Single courses through the CWRU MPH Program for workforce/professional development

2) A series of 3 courses for workforce/professional development

3) A series of 5 courses to earn a transcript-based Certificate in Public Health Practice

4) An accredited MPH Degree (14 courses) which serves a terminal, professional graduate degree in the field of Public Health.

 Funding will be announced three times annually, with availability depending on grant resources and applicant eligibility. Recipients with employer-cost sharing may allow the program to extend the reach of this tuition support to additional recipients. This scholarship is supported by funding through the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce. Additional details on maximum course credits available per semester, program time limits, available course selections, and other restrictions are available by contacting