The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a 2-year, postgraduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. Each year, EIS provides individuals with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in epidemiology at CDC or in state or local health departments. EIS Officers, often called CDC’s “disease detectives,” have gone on to occupy leadership positions at the CDC and other public health agencies nationally and internationally.
Persons with a strong interest in applied epidemiology who meet at least one of the following qualifications may apply to EIS:
- physicians with >1 year of clinical training;
- persons with a PhD, DrPH, or other doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics or related fields, the social or behavioral sciences, natural sciences, or the nutrition sciences;
- dentists, physician assistants, and nurses with an MPH or equivalent degree; or
- veterinarians with an MPH or equivalent degree or relevant public health experience.
Applications are now being accepted for the July 2014–June 2016 EIS Program.