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Acting Surgeon General
Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH (EIS 1988) was appointed Acting Surgeon General in 2013.

The EIS is primarily a post-doctoral level program. Most EIS officers hold PhDs or doctoral degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry. A few non-doctoral applicants with MPHs (nurses, PharmDs or physician assistants) are accepted into the program. See Program Eligibility for details.

About 75% of EIS graduates remain in public health at CDC or in state or local health departments. Many become leaders in public health throughout the world.

During the 2-year training program, EIS officers are employees of the CDC and receive a salary and benefits. Salaries range from $65,000 to 90,000 per year, based on qualifications and experience.

Training and Service

EIS provides applied, competency-based training through both classroom and on-the-job experience. The program is modeled after a traditional medical residency program where much of the education occurs through hands-on assignments and mentoring.


EIS officer
EIS officer (PhD) studies a map of West Africa during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Classroom instruction focuses on epidemiology, biostatistics, public health surveillance, scientific writing, media training, emerging public health issues, and more. Each EIS class begins in July with a 1-month course in Atlanta.

As part of the on-the-job experience EIS officers are required to complete the following activities:

  • Conduct or participate in a field investigation of a potentially serious public health problem that requires a timely response
  • Design, conduct, and interpret an epidemiological analysis
  • Evaluate a public health surveillance system
  • Give a public health talk on the officers’ original work or field of study
  • Give an oral presentation to a scientific audience
  • Communicate complex scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience
  • Create a visual aid or graphic to illustrate scientific findings
  • Write and submit an abstract as first author
  • Write and submit a scientific manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal as first author
  • Write and submit a concise public health update communicating timely information as the primary author
  • Provide service to the agency


During the EIS assignment, officers provide service to CDC and our public health partners. EIS officers also respond to urgent or emergent public health problems. Each year, officers support more than 100 field investigations in the United States and around the world.


EIS officers work in health departments throughout the U.S. or at CDC. Below is a list of program areas in which EIS officers may be assigned. Although international work may be part of any EIS assignment, no assignments are based outside the U.S.

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  • 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: June 30, 2014
  • Page last updated: June 30, 2014
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