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. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

The DF encourages applications concerning health issues impacting minority groups, 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.

  • M.D.; M.D., Ph.D.; Ph.D.; or D.O. degree
  • MD applicants must have completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program
  • 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

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

The PDF application instructions provide 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 beginning any paperwork.

Application deadline: October 15, 2021

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, M.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Public Health Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Public Health Career Development Award

Aileen Chang, M.D. 
University of California, San Francisco 
Hospital Utilization for Skin Diseases in Persons Experiencing Homelessness 

Lauren Orenstein, M.D. 
Emory University 
Pain in Hidradenitis Suppurativa: The Role of Nerve Sensitization and Defining Pain Outcomes 

Joy Wan, M.D., M.S.C.E. – Year 2 
University of Pennsylvania 
Neurocognitive Functioning of Children with Atopic Dermatitis 

Adewole S. Adamson, M.D. – Year 3 
University of Texas, Austin 
Optimizing Care Delivery and Health Equity in Patients with Melanoma