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Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology (EXCITE) is an archive site. A “Teacher Roadmap” will replace EXCITE in Spring of 2016. The “Teacher Roadmap” will include education standards and a course framework for teaching epidemiology and public health at the middle and high school level. Information on CDC’s teacher training—the Science Ambassador Workshop, epidemiology and public health lesson plans, and other resources can be found at the Career Paths to Public Health website.

What is EXCITE?

Teachers and CDC Disease Detectives receiving classroom training.

Teachers and CDC Disease Detectives in training learning together from CDC epidemiologists.

Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology (EXCITE) is a collection of teaching and educational resources CDC developed to promote student interest in public health and epidemiology.

This free collection of teaching materials, tools, and activities:

  • Provides educators with resources to help promote the science of public health — epidemiology
  • Helps students learn about public health
  • Introduces students to epidemiology

EXCITE materials are adaptable to various teaching methods and approaches and promote:

  • Cooperative learning
  • Team building
  • Group problem solving

EXCITE materials support middle- and high-school education in:

  • General science and mathematics
  • Biology
  • Computer science
  • Environmental science
  • Family consumer science
  • Health education
  • Language arts
  • Social science

Teachers use EXCITE to:

  • Teach data interpretation
  • Produce graphics
  • Build skills in nonfiction writing
  • Raise awareness of current events
  • Show how disciplines interact