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CDC Disease Detective Camp

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CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC) is an educational program started by CDC′s David J. Sencer CDC Museum in 2005 as a mechanism for developing a public health camp curriculum for state and county health departments. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors and is held at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

The CDC Disease Detective Camp curriculum is based on contextual and situated cognition learning principles. By learning through hands–on activities and seminars, high school juniors and seniors at the conclusion of the camp will be able to:

  • Identify five careers within public health
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic epidemiology terms
  • Calculate basic epidemiologic rates given an outbreak scenario and data
  • Recognize how infectious and chronic diseases are tracked in the United States
  • Understand the role of public health law in protecting the public′s health in the United States.

Over the course of five days, campers will take on the role of disease detectives and learn first–hand how the CDC safeguards the nation′s health. Teams will probe a disease outbreak using epidemiologic and laboratory skills and report their findings to a group of CDC scientists. Activities may include short lectures by CDC experts, a mock press conference in the CDC press room, and a look behind the scenes of CDC. 

The deadline for 2016 CDC Disease Detective Camp applications was April 1, 2016. The application process is now closed. Please check back on December 16, 2016 for the 2017 application.

  • Page last reviewed: December 12, 2013
  • Page last updated: April 4, 2016
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