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EIS Officer in the field
EIS Officer (MD, MPH) collecting samples during an outbreak of histoplasmosis—New York.

Program Eligibility

The EIS is seeking qualified health professionals with an interest in public health and a commitment to public service.

To apply for EIS, you must meet professional degree and licensing requirements. You must be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program starting in July and be willing to relocate. Contact the EIS office if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

 

Degree and Licensing Requirements

  • Physicians (MD, DO, MBBS, etc.)
    Must have at least one year of clinical training. U.S citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
  • Doctoral-level Scientists (PhD, DrPH, ScD, etc.)
    Doctoral level scientists with backgrounds in
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Health informatics and related fields
    • Social or behavioral sciences, natural sciences, or nutrition sciences
    • Other relevant health science
  • Healthcare Professionals (DDS, BSN, MSN, PA, PharmD)
    Dentists, nurses, physician assistants, doctor of pharmacy, must have a master of public health (MPH) or equivalent degree. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
  • Veterinarians (DVM, VMD, etc.)
    Must have either a MPH (or equivalent degree), or relevant public health experience. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.

 

Non-U.S. Citizens Applying for EIS

Non-U.S. citizens meeting the above degree requirements are eligible to apply. Because of the domestic nature of the program, only a limited number of non-U.S. citizens are selected.

Additionally,

  • Non-U.S. citizens must complete a security clearance if invited to interview.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for J-1 status prior to the program’s start date. If selected for EIS, CDC will sponsor the J1 visa.
  • Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State Sponsors of Terrorism will not be able to get security clearance to work at CDC and should not apply to the EIS program. Countries currently on this list include: Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.

 

 
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
  • EIS@cdc.gov
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