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CDC’s Career Paths to Public Health (CPP) website is a roadmap for students and teachers interested in learning and teaching about epidemiology and public health sciences (EPHS).

Here you will find information on CDC workshops, activities, and lesson plans as well as other resources. These materials are designed to introduce the future public health workforce to EPHS, to promote health literacy and to provide examples of how math and science are used every day to solve public health problems confronting our world.

EXCITE: Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology

CDC's online collection of teaching and reference materials for students and teachers, designed to introduce the science of public health to elementary through high school students.

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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.

CDC Science Ambassador Workshop

A 5-day professional development workshop where selected middle- and high-school science and math teachers collaborate with CDC scientists to create public health lesson plans aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

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Science Olympiad Disease Detectives Event

An extramural team competition designed to improve the quality of science education by fostering interest in a variety of science, engineering, and technology topics for grades 3–12.

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CDC Disease Detective Summer Camp

A public health day camp for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students work in a team setting and take on the role of disease detectives.

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Lesson Plans

CDC's Science Ambassador Workshop connects teachers with CDC scientists to develop lesson plans to use in schools across the country.

These plans are designed to be for middle and high school classrooms and meet Next Generation Science. They bring relevant public health topics into the classroom and challenge students to think about science and mathematics in a new way.

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Learn more about public health education resources for elementary , middle and high school , and college students and find links to resources for teachers to help bring public health concepts into classrooms.

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