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EIS Field Assignments

EIS Officer in the field
EIS field officer in Alaska collecting suspected contaminated water for testing during a norovirus outbreak involving oysters

EIS field assignments support CDC’s goal to build local workforce capacity in applied epidemiology.  Each year 25–30% of EIS officers are assigned to state and local health departments and other public health organizations in the U.S. and its territories. 

For more than 60 years, EIS field officers have been working on the frontlines of public health providing rapid, creative, and effective solutions to real-world public health problems. During their two-year epidemiology training assignment, EIS field officers

  • Conduct outbreak investigations
  • Perform surveillance on diseases or other public health problems
  • Analyze data to make public health recommendations
  • Respond to public health emergencies
  • Communicate timely information to the public
  • Present epidemiologic findings to scientific audiences

EIS field officers receive practical training in applied epidemiology; they are jointly supervised and mentored by experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic epidemiologists — two or more at the health department where the officer is assigned and one at CDC. While working collaboratively with public health department staff, EIS field officers assume a high degree of autonomy and responsibility to lead investigations, interact with the public, and produce high quality scientific presentations and publications.

EIS field officers have direct access to CDC resources, such as epidemiologic, statistical, and laboratory expertise as they work on public health priorities, including

  • Infectious diseases
  • Environmental health
  • Injury prevention
  • Maternal and child health
  • Chronic disease prevention


Contact Us:
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Mailstop E-92
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 404-498-6110
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • Page last reviewed: April 12, 2013
  • Page last updated: April 12, 2013
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