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What is the Disease Detectives Event?

In 2000, CDC partnered with Science Olympiad and established the National Science Olympiad Disease Detectives Event, an exam-based series of interscholastic tournaments for middle and high school students. The Disease Detectives Event

  • Challenges students to apply scientific methods, critical thinking, and reasoning skills used by CDC disease detectives
  • Provides in-depth exposure to public health sciences, including epidemiology, to >12,000 middle and high school students each year
  • Brings best teams from across the U.S. to compete in the national tournament

What is Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of science education and interest in science for students (grades K–12). Science Olympiad competitions

  • Are premier rigorous academic interscholastic science tournaments with events held across the US
  • Include teams from all 50 states
  • Are grade-related and span all areas of science

What is CDC's role in the Disease Detectives Event?

CDC Career Paths to Public Health

  • Allows epidemiologists to participate as judges at the national competition
  • Invites gold medal (first place) winners of the national high school competition to visit its Atlanta headquarters and meet with CDC scientists and researchers
  • Supports the state of Georgia's Disease Detective Event tournaments for elementary and middle schools
  • Maintains web-based event materials that coaches and students may use to prepare for the Disease Detectives event

Learn more about Science Olympiad

  • Disease Detectives Event for high (division C) and middle (division B) school students
  • Events for elementary (division A) school students
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