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CDC seeks 'disease detectives'

Deadline for Epidemic Intelligence Service is Sept. 1

August 27, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

Applications are being accepted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program, which runs from July 2013-June 2015.

EIS is a two-year, postgraduate service program and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. Each year, EIS selects about 80 people from applicants around the world and provides them with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in epidemiology at the CDC or state or local health departments.

EIS officers, often called CDC’s “disease detectives,” have gone on to occupy leadership positions at CDC and other public health agencies nationally and internationally. However, the experience is also useful for health professionals who want to gain a population health perspective.

Those with a strong interest in applied epidemiology who meet at least one of the following qualifications may apply to EIS:

  • physicians with at least one year of clinical training;
  • persons with a Ph.D., Dr.PH., or other doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, social or behavioral sciences, natural sciences or nutrition sciences;
  • dentists, physician assistants or nurses with an M.P.H. or equivalent degree;
  • veterinarians with an M.P.H. or equivalent degree or relevant public health experience.

The EIS online application and program information are available online at, by telephone at 1.404.498.6110 or by email to

The application deadline for the July 2013 - June 2015 session is Sept. 1.