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CDC′s Disease Detectives: Public Health? Me?

Disease Detective Camp

Most public health workers toil behind the scenes. CDC′s EIS officers typically perform their detective work – difficult, dangerous, or dead–end, confusing, exciting, or tedious – without fanfare or media coverage. They save countless lives in the process, preventing disease from spreading uncontrolled and identifying problems before they get out of hand. In fact, they may have saved your life. They truly live CDC′s 24/7 motto: saving lives, protecting people, and saving money through prevention. Their work at CDC keeps America safe from health security threats here and around the world. Would you like to join and help support these global sleuths? Are you aware of the numerous, rewarding career paths public health offers?

Medical officers, health educators, health communication specialists, public health analysts, public health advisors, administration, biologists, veterinarians, dentists, chemists, computer specialists, human resource personnel, graphic designers, writers and editors are just some of the professions that contribute to a strong public health infrastructure.

Several recent TV series, Discovery/Animal Planet′s Killer Outbreaks and Monsters Inside Me, have highlighted CDC′s disease detective work.

Youthful Public Health Heroes in Training

CDC offers a Disease Detective Camp during summer break for rising high school juniors and seniors; applicants are selected based on the Application Essays Questions and slots are filled through a lottery. The two–week camp is held in Atlanta.
Some states are implementing recruiting strategies that promote public health careers in elementary, secondary and post–secondary schools. California has designed several public health outreach programs for educational institutions. Public health officials in Pennsylvania increase people′s knowledge of public health employment opportunities by speaking engagements at elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities.

  • Page last reviewed: March 19, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 19, 2014
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