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Posted: 10 Nov 2011
The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)
Start Date: Jul 2012
Deadline: 1 Sep 2012
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Today, CDC is the nation′s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency and a global leader in public health.

It remains at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.

CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations and for its action-oriented approach. CDC applies research and findings to improve people′s daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies.

CDC works with states and other partners to provide a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics. CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries.

CDC is now focusing on becoming a more efficient and impactful agency by focusing on five strategic areas: supporting state and local health departments, improving global health, implementing measures to decrease leading causes of death, strengthening surveillance and epidemiology, and reforming health policies.


The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a unique 2-year post-graduate training program of service and on-the-job learning for health professionals interested in the practice of applied epidemiology.

Since 1951, over 3,000 EIS officers have responded to requests for epidemiologic assistance within the United States and throughout the world. EIS officers are on the public health frontlines, conducting epidemiologic investigations, research, and public health surveillance both nationally and internationally.

Application period begins 1 May 2012.


Program Eligibility

The EIS is seeking qualified health professionals with an interest in public health and a commitment to public service.

To apply for EIS, you must meet professional degree and licensing requirements. You must be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program starting in July and be willing to relocate. Contact the EIS office if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

Degree and Licensing Requirements

  • Physicians (MD, DO, MBBS, etc.)
    Must have at least one year of clinical training. U.S citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
  • Doctoral-level Scientists (PhD, DrPH, ScD, etc.)
    Doctoral level scientists with backgrounds in
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Biological, environmental, social, behavioral, or nutritional sciences
    • Other relevant health science
  • Medical Professionals (DDS, RN, PA, PharmD) 
    Dentists, nurses, physician assistants, doctor of pharmacy, must have a master of public health (MPH) or equivalent degree. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
  • Veterinarians (DVM, VMD, etc.)
    Must have either a MPH (or equivalent degree), or relevant public health experience. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.


Non-U.S. Citizens Applying for EIS

Non-U.S. citizens meeting the above degree requirements are eligible to apply. Because of the domestic nature of the program, only a limited number of non-U.S. citizens are selected.


  • Non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for J-1 status prior to the program’s start date. If selected for EIS, CDC will sponsor the J1 visa.
  • Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State Sponsors of Terrorism will not be able to get security clearance to work at CDC and should not apply to the EIS Program. Countries currently on this list include: Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Mailstop E-92
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 404-498-6110
    TTY: (888) 232-6348