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Application Information

Before applying to EIS, consider your willingness to:

  • Commit to a 2-year, full-time program that begins in July
  • Relocate to your assignment

EIS officers are selected from among highly qualified applicants drawn to public health service and interested in practicing applied epidemiology. EIS officers may be assigned to work in the areas of infectious or noninfectious diseases, chronic disease, injury prevention, environmental health, or occupational health. We are particularly interested in applicants whose coursework and experience indicate flexibility to a variety of topical areas and geographic placements in the U.S. and who have a record of high academic achievement, teamwork, innovation, and leadership. Applicants show interest in public health work through the course selection in their academic transcripts, research or dissertation (if applicable), or prior experiences with governmental or nongovernmental public health agencies. Successful applicants demonstrate that EIS is a logical career path and that they will benefit from the applied training through service that defines the EIS program.

U.S. Citizens

Degree and Licensing Requirements
  • Physicians (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS)
    Must have at least 1 year of clinical training
  • Doctoral-level scientists (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD)
    Must have background in public health or one of its disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioral health, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or other relevant health science); social sciences; nutritional sciences; or natural sciences
  • Other healthcare professionals (e.g., DDS, BSN, PA, PharmD) must have either:
    • an MPH, or
    • an equivalent degree (e.g., MS, MSc, MHI, MSN, MHA, MHSA, MA with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), or
    • relevant public health experience.
  • Veterinarians (e.g., DVM, VMD)
    Must have either an MPH or an equivalent degree (e.g., MPVM, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA with either coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods) or relevant public health experience
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents with a clinical degree
    Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice your clinical specialty
Additional Qualifications
  • If your degree requires a completed thesis or dissertation, you must have defended your thesis or dissertation on or before March 31 of the year you would enter EIS
  • Additional experience or equivalent degrees may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis via email to EIS@cdc.gov
  • Examples of relevant public health experience include:
    • 1 year of public health–related work at local, state, federal, or international governmental agencies (including Peace Corps)
    • 1 year of academic post-doctoral fellowship work in public health sciences
    • 1 year of public health–related work with nongovernmental organizations
    • Previous public health fellowship, internship, or epidemiology elective assignment at CDC

Non-U.S. Citizens

Because of the program’s domestic focus, only a limited number of non-U.S. citizens are selected. If you are a citizen of another country and meet the degree and experience requirements listed for U.S. citizens, you are eligible to apply. You must also:

  • Provide evidence of English-language proficiency (see EIS TOEFL Requirements [PDF - 107 KB] ) by submitting one of the following:
    • TOEFL scores equal to 100 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL, 250 on computer-based TOEFL, or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • TOEFL exemption letter (Note: Refer to EIS TOEFL Requirements [PDF - 107 KB] to determine if you qualify for an exemption)
  • Be a legal permanent resident or eligible for a J-1 Visa under the Research Scholar category
    • If you are selected for EIS, CDC will sponsor the J-1 Visa
  • Not be a citizen of a country determined by the US Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism (http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm)

To learn more about the Specific Centers, Institute, and Offices at CDC, visit the CDC Organization web page.

Click below to view the final list of potential assignments for the 2016 EIS class.
2016 Potential Assignments Book [PDF - 199 pages]

You will apply online. The application will ask for your:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Post-graduate training and skills
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Publications, presentations, and grants
  • Honors and awards
  • Personal statement (in essay form) addressing the following questions:
    • How will the EIS program complement your previous training and experience?
    • Understanding that there are different topical and geographical EIS assignments, in which would you prefer to work? Why?
    • What are your career plans after graduating from the EIS program? How will EIS help you achieve them?
    • What are your prior experiences, achievements, and special skills that may suggest to us that you will perform well as an EIS officer?
      *Note: If you are reapplying, please answer: What has changed since your previous application to make you a more suitable candidate for EIS?
  • Applicant survey

Begin collecting your supporting materials early.

You will provide supporting materials:

  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts; official transcripts will be required if offered entry into the EIS program
  • A copy of your active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice a clinical specialty (if applicable)
  • TOEFL scores or exemption letter (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Letters of Recommendation

Information for Letter of Recommendation Writers

To submit the letter of recommendation you have written:

  • Sign and scan the letter of recommendation and save the letter as a PDF file
  • Save the letter as a PDF file
  • Once you have received the system-generated email, click on the link provided to upload a PDF of the letter
  • You will receive an additional system-generated email from EISapplication@cdc.gov indicating that the upload was successful

Four letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes. Recommendations must be specific to the EIS application, written in English on official letterhead, signed and dated within 6 months of submission. Two letters of recommendation must be from persons who are not currently employed at the CDC.

You must:

  • Provide a copy of the Instructions for Letters of Recommendation [PDF - 2 pages] to persons sending letters of recommendation on your behalf
  • Request one letter from a faculty member or supervisor
    • Note: If you are a U.S.-trained physician, you must provide a dean’s letter from your medical school as one of the four letters (e.g., similar to the dean’s letter of recommendation for applying to a residency)
  • Specify that letters be written in English
  • Specify that letters be on official letterhead, signed, and dated within 6 months of submission
  • Let the letter writers know they will receive an email from EISapplication@cdc.gov with instructions about how to submit their letters electronically
  • Enter the letter writer’s information into the Add Letter of Recommendation section according to required fields
  • Click on the Update button to confirm and to send the letter writer a system-generated email from EISapplication@cdc.gov

Transcripts

Official Transcripts for New EIS Officers

If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcript by January 31 of the year you enter EIS. If your degree requires a completed thesis or dissertation, you must have defended your thesis or dissertation on or before March 31 of the year you enter EIS.

Your application requires copies of transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress.

  • When a transcript is not issued by a U.S. institution:
    • Submit additional proof of degree completion (e.g., certified copy of a diploma)
    • Have all documents showing proof of degree completion translated into English
  • Do not send a high school transcript
  • If you are accepted, your university registrar or recorder of records must send official transcripts or other proof by January 31 of the year you enter EIS
  • If your degree requires a completed thesis or dissertation, you must have defended your thesis or dissertation on or before March 31 of the year you enter EIS
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned to you

To Submit Unofficial Transcripts

  • Obtain an unofficial copy of transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress
  • Scan and save the transcripts as PDF files
  • Within the application, complete all necessary fields for college or university education and click Update
  • On the main Education page, click the Upload link next to the specific college or university
  • Click Browse button and select appropriate PDF of college or university transcript
  • Click Upload for PDF of each college or university transcript
  • Confirm that the PDF upload was successful

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. See EIS TOEFL Requirements [PDF - 107 KB] .

U.S. License

U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a clinical degree must provide a photocopy of an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice a clinical specialty.

To Submit a Copy of the U.S. Clinical License

  • Click on Education section to access the Add License button (the Add License button only displays when you select the appropriate degree)
  • Click on the Add License button in the Edit College/University Education section
  • If you have received your license, select Received in the Status field and complete all required fields
  • On the main Education page, click the Upload link next to the specific license
  • Click Browse button and select PDF of the license
  • Click Upload to attach license
  • Confirm that the PDF upload was successful

Class of 2017 Deadlines and Decision Dates

May 16, 2016

Application period opens at 9:00 a.m. (EDT).

August 15, 2016

Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
All applications and supporting materials must be received by the deadline.
Late applications will not be considered.

August–September 2016

EIS program reviews applications and selects applicants for interviews.

October 13–October 24, 2016

CDC interviews applicants in Atlanta (applicants pay their own travel expenses).

January–February, 2017

EIS program notifies applicants of their status (accepted, rejected, or wait-listed).

April 24–April 27, 2017

Accepted candidates attend EIS conference in Atlanta (EIS program pays travel expenses).

July 3, 2017

Two-year fellowship begins.
New EIS officers start month-long orientation and summer course in Atlanta.

Click the button to check the status of your application. For EIS application questions, please contact us directly at eis@cdc.gov.

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