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Public Health Responders

When disease outbreaks or other threats emerge, EIS officers are on the scene. They support over 100 public health investigations each year in the U.S. and worldwide. Physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and other health professionals serve our country while learning to apply epidemiology to solve public health problems through a 2-year, on-the-job training and service fellowship. After a month-long orientation, new EIS officers begin assignments as ready responders in infectious and noninfectious diseases, global health, injury prevention, environmental health, and occupational health. 

Meet the Public Health Heroes

Rebecca has a PhD in human nutrition. Her Ebola response task was to improve health messaging at the community level, where rumor and misinformation fueled the virus' spread.

Erik, a DO, knew to expect bucket showers, no Internet, and generator-based power. But Ebola’s unrelenting grip on everyday life took him by surprise.

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Ruth, an MD, supported Ebola surveillance, data management, and contact tracing. She relied on her familiarity with African customs while interacting with locals in Sierra Leone.