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Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students

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The Epidemiology Elective Program gives senior medical and veterinary students an introduction to preventive medicine, public health, and the principles of applied epidemiology.


Students in their 3rd year apply for a 6 to 8 week rotation in the fall or spring semester of their 4th year. Every effort is made to assign students to their preferred public health subject area.

Participants learn through hands-on experience working on a current public health project, and are mentored by experienced CDC staff. Most schools award course credit.

During the elective, participants may

  • Participate in the surveillance of public health problems
  • Analyze public health data for new disease risk factors
  • Become a coauthor on a publication of major health importance
  • Work in the field investigating an outbreak

Interested students apply online.


Two rotations are available.

  • Fall Semester: At least 6 weeks between June and December
  • Spring Semester: At least 6 weeks between January and May


Relocation Expenses

Applicants selected for the program must pay for

  • Round-trip transportation to their assigned CDC facility
  • Living expenses during the elective

Assignment Expenses

Travel and living expenses related to field investigations are paid by CDC.

Assignment Locations

Selected students are placed in a subject area within CDC or the Indian Health Service.

More Information


CDC Epidemiology Elective Program
Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd, NE
Mailstop E-92
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027

Phone: 404-498-6152
Fax: 404-498-6085

Contact Us:
  • Epidemiology Elective
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
  • 404-498-6152
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • Page last reviewed: December 31, 2008
  • Page last updated: June1, 2015
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