Make a Change in Public Health

The Public Health Career Development Award (CDA) supports the establishment and/or development of careers in public health. Research proposals may concern health care policy, epidemiological research, outcome studies, comparative effectiveness research, information system development, teledermatology, or other topics relating to public health.


Know Before You Apply

All Foundation-funded research must be conducted in the U.S. under the sponsorship of a department/division of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for training in dermatology. Applicants must meet the DF’s general eligibility requirements, in addition to award-specific requirements presented on or before the time of funding. Applicants from minority populations are encouraged to apply.

The DF encourages applications concerning health issues impacting applicants from minority populations, including, but not limited to, racial minorities, sexual ¬ gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations.

Am I eligible?

If you meet all of the requirements below, you may be eligible to apply for the Public Health Career Development Award.

  • MD; MD, PhD; PhD; or DO degree
  • MD applicants must have completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program
  • Junior faculty member in a dept./div. of dermatology (through Asst. Prof. level)
  • Formal relationship with a mentor who possesses recognized expertise in health policy or public health research
  • Clinically-oriented investigator in the early stages of academic career
  • Strong institutional commitment for individual’s career development

How do I apply for the Public Health Career Development Award?

The DF will be accepting new applications for career development awards in July 2024, fellowships and research grants via our CDAFG Research Award Application Portal. The Applicant Instructions provided below include essential information potential applicants need to know to evaluate the various award opportunities and develop a successful application and research proposal. Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to read sections II and III before assembling their application.

The DF has also prepared a Quick Reference Guide to enable users to quickly acclimate to the online application system.

Application deadline: October 15, 2024

Featured Award Recipient

Hospital Utilization for Skin Diseases in Persons Experiencing Homelessness

One in 25 Americans will experience homelessness in their lifetime. Homelessness is an independent risk factor for increased emergency department use, longer length of hospital stay, and hospital readmission. This study aims to evaluate homelessness as a risk factor for hospital-based dermatology care and readmissions after dermatology-related hospitalizations. Understanding the social risks that drive costly health care utilization for skin diseases will inform future interventions.

Aileen Y. Chang, MD

Aileen Y. Chang, MD

University of California, San Francisco

Public Health Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Public Health Career Development Award

Alexandra Charrow, MD, MBE 
Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Understanding Emergency Room Utilization in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS): A Mixed Met