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The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship

More About the Program

Fellowship Goal

To increase the number of physicians with a population health perspective by providing medical students with skills and knowledge of

  • Applied epidemiology
  • The role of epidemiology in medicine and health
  • The role of physicians in the public health system



Medical students in their 2nd or 3rd year may apply and start the fellowship while in their 3rd or 4th year. Fellows spend up to one year at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia working with CDC experts on current public health issues. A match system is used to find the best assignment for each fellow.

The program provides medical students with a balanced learning approach: a systematically designed curriculum that, throughout the year, aligns with the hands-on assignments. The first half of the curriculum lays the foundation for a productive year by providing concrete and useful tools; the second half provides opportunities to synthesize broad concepts and create meaningful, personalized learning that students can apply in the clinical world.

After a two-week orientation, fellows work alongside CDC supervisors in their matched assignment. Fellows have the opportunity to

  • participate in monthly seminars and journal clubs
  • lead a monthly journal club
  • perform epidemiologic analyses and research
  • participate in public health field experiences
  • report findings through written and oral scientific presentations
  • attend the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference


Program Areas

Fellows spend up to one year working with public health experts at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fellows have an opportunity to work in various CDC programs such as

  • chronic disease
  • emergency preparedness
  • environmental health
  • global health
  • infectious diseases
  • injury prevention
  • reproductive health


Career Opportunities

The CDC Experience Fellowship graduates have the potential to become future physician leaders and to substantially contribute to the quality of the health-care system. The program provides unique training opportunities that will enhance career advancement in

  • clinical medicine
  • clinical epidemiology
  • health services research
  • preventive medicine
  • public health


Contact Us:
  • The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd.
    Mailstop E-92
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
  • 404-498-6151
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
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