More About the Program
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
Applicants selected for the program must pay for
- Round-trip transportation to their assigned CDC facility
- Living expenses during the elective
Travel and living expenses related to field investigations are paid by CDC.
Selected students are placed in a subject area within CDC or the Indian Health Service.
- Arctic Investigations Program (part of NCEZID)
- Center for Global Health (CGH)
- Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (part of NCEZID)
Ft. Collins, Colorado
- Indian Health Service (IHS)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
- National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
- National Center for Environmental Health / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR)
- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
- National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)
- National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)Atlanta, Georgia
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)Atlanta, Georgia
- National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)Atlanta, Georgia
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Morgantown, West Virginia
- National Park Service (NPS) — Office of Public Health
Albuquerque, New Mexico
CDC Epidemiology Elective Program
Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd, NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
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- Page last reviewed: December 31, 2008
- Page last updated: February 17, 2012
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