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Welcome to EXCITE!’s new look and new features to provide you with the latest public health career path insights.

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Boy with box turtle
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Two laboratorians at CDC's BioSafety Lab.


What is EXCITE!?

EXCITE! — Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology and the Science of Public Health
EXCITE! is a collection of teaching and reference materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce and excite youth from kindergarten through 12th grade about the knowledge and skills utilized by public health professionals. The information presented in EXCITE! includes such academic subjects as life sciences, epidemiology, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and health education. Topics applicable to all levels of instruction include elementary statistical concepts, scientific method of inquiry, and outbreak investigation.

Practices in public health-related careers focus on discovering the roots of health problems in a community — whether the problem is a measles outbreak on a small college campus, a global influenza pandemic, an increase in homicide in a single community, a national surge in violence, or a localized rise in cancer rates. Two CDC sponsored events for teachers and students using public health concepts are the Science Ambassador program and the Disease Detectives Event of Science Olympiad.

Science Ambassador
The Science Ambassador program provides a unique opportunity for science teachers to partner with CDC to translate their expertise into effective lesson plans and lesson activities that can be applied in the classroom. Areas of science investigated include epidemiology, surveillance, genetics, public health technology, hereditary blood disorders, and birth defects.

Disease Detectives — CDC's Event of Science Olympiad
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helped develop the Disease Detectives Event of Science Olympiad in 1996 as a way for students to hone their skills as science sleuths by applying scientific methodologies. Teachers and students who are interested in testing their science knowledge and investigative skills can solve epidemiologic scenarios by accessing the practice case studies available in this section.



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Epidemiology in the Classroom

Microscope The materials in this section provide teachers with lessons and activities that use best practices for instructing students on the knowledge and skills needed to work in the exciting field of epidemiology.

News and Current Events

Newspaper Articles Resources in this section provide teachers and students with listings of resources and articles.

Kid's Corner

children laying down Resources in this section provide students insight into the duties and responsibilities of public health professionals and advocates.

Teacher's Lounge

Lady with apple on book Resources in this section provide teachers with listings of resources such as informational internet sites and books. A working glossary is also included to help readers decipher terms used within this site and in the different disciplines associated with public health.




Page Last Modified: October 31, 2008


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