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Share this list with prospective Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) candidates or anyone interested in public health as a career. These products from science and popular culture focus on EIS, medical mysteries, disease outbreaks, CDC’s epidemiologic investigations, and public health milestones.
- Epidemiology and public health at CDC CDC. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006;55(Suppl No. 2):3–4. — Dr. Steve Thacker’s history of epidemiology at CDC.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases, immunizations, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service
Hinman AR, Orenstein WA, Schuchat A. Am J Epidemiol. 2011; 174(11 Suppl.): S16-22. — Authors describe past and future role of EIS in epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization program implementation.
- The Cobra Event
Richard Preston — CDC sends an epidemiologist to investigate several deaths from what turns out to be a bioterror attempt.
- And the Band Played On
Randy Shilts — Journalist chronicled the early history of the AIDS epidemic.
- Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
Maryn McKenna — Award-winning science journalist shadows the first EIS class after September 11, 2001.
- House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox
William H. Foege, MD, MPH — EIS alum and former CDC Director gives an insider’s perspective on one of public health’s great achievements.
- Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
Mark Pendergrast —A journalist’s history of EIS and compilation of case studies.
- Smallpox — The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer
D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH — Noted epidemiologist and EIS alum tells the story of the surveillance and containment strategy that led to global eradication of smallpox.
- Smallpox Zero
Jonathan Roy — A global perspective of smallpox and epidemiology in action, presented with cartoon-like illustrations.
- The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
Laurie Garrett — Award-winning science journalist’s overview of epidemics references EIS.
- The Hot Zone
Richard Preston — Delves into the origins of viral hemorrhagic fevers and an effort to stop an outbreak.
- The Medical Detectives
Berton Roueché — Collection of articles originally written for The New Yorker on 22 medical mysteries over a span of 30 years and the epidemiologic investigations that solved them.
Movies and Television
- And the Band Played On
HBO docudrama based on the book by Randy Shilts.
Action-thriller based on a global outbreak of a deadly viral disease. An international team of doctors and epidemiologists respond to a crisis. Stars Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Laurence Fishburne.
- Ebola: The Plague Hunters
PBS Nova documentary about the 1995 Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire.
Two virologists from USAMRIID and CDC fight a virus in a small California community. Stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, and Kevin Spacey.
- The Age of AIDS
PBS Frontline interviews Dr. Jim Curran, who recounts the "shoe-leather epidemiology" that public health officials used to identify the new syndrome and ultimately the HIV virus.