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The EIS program accepts applications from May 15, 2014–August 15, 2014.


The online application requires:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Postgraduate training and skills
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Publications, presentations, and grants
  • Honors and awards
  • Personal statement. A question and answer format is not acceptable. Your essay must address the following:
    • How the EIS program will complement your previous training and experience
    • What aspect of public health is particularly interesting to you and why
    • What your career plans are after graduating from the EIS Program, and how EIS will help you fulfill these plans
  • Applicant survey

Carefully review the program eligibility requirements for EIS. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, call (404-498-6110) or e-mail ( the EIS program before you apply.

Submit your application early. You can only track receipt of supporting documents after submitting your application.

To check the status of your submitted application, log in and click “Track Your Application.”

The application period has closed. You may check the status of your application.

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In addition to the online application, submit


Application Timeline

May 15, 2014

Application opens.

August 15, 2014

Application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., (EDT).

E-mailed documents must be received by 11:59 p.m., (EDT).

Mailed documents must be postmarked by this date.

Interoffice documents must be received by this date.

No exceptions will be granted to applicants for failing to meet the deadline requirements.

September–Early November 2014

Candidates offered to interview in Atlanta. Candidates must pay their own travel expenses.

December 2014–February 2015

Candidates notified of application status (acceptance, rejection, wait list).

April 20–24, 2015

Accepted officers attend EIS Conference in Atlanta. Travel expenses will be paid by the EIS program.

July 2015

Start of 2-year EIS program.


Supporting Materials

Letters of Recommendation

Interoffice mail is not recommended for CDC staff because there is no date stamp.

Four letters of recommendation are required.

  • Select persons who are familiar with your academic achievements, future aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes
  • Provide them with a copy of the Instructions for Letters of Recommendation [38KB]
  • One letter must be from a faculty member or supervisor
  • Physicians trained in the U.S.: Provide a dean’s letter from your medical school as one of your four letters (e.g., dean's letter used when applying for residency)
  • Letters must be submitted in English
  • Letters must be specific to your EIS application and dated within 6 months of the application


Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress.

  • Official transcripts can be either
    • E-mailed by the registrar or recorder of records, or
    • Mailed to the EIS office sealed in an official university envelope  
  • If transcripts are not issued by a U.S. institution, other proof of degree completion (e.g., certified copy of a diploma) must be submitted. Transcripts and proof of degree completion must be translated into English
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned to applicants
  • Do not submit original diplomas or certificates
  • High school transcripts are not required


U.S. Clinical License

U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents with a clinical degree (MD, DVM, RN, DMD, or equivalent) must submit a photocopy of an active, unrestricted license to practice that clinical specialty in the U.S.


Submission of Supporting Material

E-mail (preferred):

  • Transcripts
    • Must come from the registrar or recorder of records  
  • Reference letters
    • Must be e-mailed from the writer  
    • Subject line: EIS Application Reference Letter <applicant name>
    • File name: <applicant Lname, Fname>_Reference2015EISapp.pdf
    • Must have a signature
    • Must be a PDF file
Allow extra days for all mail delivery, including express mail, to reach the EIS office.

Mail Delivery:

  • Mail supporting material to:
    Epidemic Intelligence Service
    ATTN: EIS Application
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Road, NE
    Mailstop E-92
    Atlanta, GA 30333 USA


Applicants failing to meet the deadline will not be considered.


August 15, 2014 (11:59 p.m., EDT)
Deadline for

  • Submission of online application
  • Receipt of documents sent by e-mail or interoffice mail
  • Postmark of mailed documents
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: May 12, 2014
  • Page last updated: August 18, 2014
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