CDC Disease Detective Camp: Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the next CDC Disease Detective Camp?
- What will I learn at camp?
- I want to be a doctor. Will I learn about medicine during the week?
- Who can apply?
- How do I apply?
- How can I sign up my child for camp?
- Can I reserve a spot until I mail in my application?
- How are participants selected?
- How will I know if I was selected?
- How much does it cost?
- Where is the CDC?
- I do not live in the Atlanta area. May I attend?
- What type of activities can I expect?
- If I work in the evenings, may I leave camp early?
- If my parents work at CDC, may I have lunch with them?
- If science is not my best subject, may I still apply?
- What will I need to bring with me?
- Who will be attending the camp?
One session will be offered June 13-17 and one July 18 - 22 of 2016. All days are 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The CDC Disease Detective Camp teaches attendees the fundamentals of CDC’s work: the field of public health and the science of epidemiology. Public health is a vast field that covers many aspects of keeping populations of people healthy. It includes, but is not limited to, research, data collection, data analysis, and health education. Epidemiology, the systematic study of diseases in populations, is one of the sciences used at CDC to help improve the public’s health.
No. The camp mirrors CDC’s work, and since CDC is not a clinical medical facility, the camp does not have a medical treatment focus. While we do briefly discuss the pathology of some diseases, most of the time is spent focused on the collection and analysis of data and the use of that data to improve people’s health. The camp also covers the many different career options available within public health, including medical doctors, so if you are interested in medicine, this camp could be a good learning opportunity for you.
The CDC Disease Detective Camp is open to motivated students who will be high-school juniors or seniors during the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants must be 16 years old by the first day of the camp in order to comply with CDC’s laboratory safety requirements. Absolutely no exceptions can be made to this rule.
After reading these FAQ, download and complete the camp application here [336 KB]. Your completed application must be postmarked by April 1, 2016.
Due to the popularity of this camp, we expect there will be more interested students than we can accommodate. For this reason, we have an application process for interested students.
To ensure that the camp is an enjoyable experience for all participants, please discuss the camp with your son/daughter and refrain from applying on his/her behalf. We urge you and your son/daughter to read the information on this site and complete the application together.
Because this is a competitive process, we cannot reserve spaces. Once the April 1st application deadline is reached, each application will be reviewed.
Applicants are selected based on the Application Essay Questions submitted and the teacher/counselor Recommendation Form. A panel of three current or retired CDC employees will read each application and use a rubric to score applications based on completion, proper grammar, well thought-out responses, and teacher recommendations. We are seeking a diverse and eager-to-learn group of campers!
All applicants are notified via e-mail when their completed applications have been received. Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your e-mail address book so that notifications won’t go to your spam folder.
Once the deadline date for camp applications has passed, applications are reviewed, and all applicants will receive notification e-mails indicating if they were given a slot in the camp or not by May 1, 2015.
If you any reason you do not receive a response by May 2nd, contact the office by phone - 404-639-0830 or by e-mail – email@example.com.
There is no cost associated with attending the CDC Disease Detective Camp, but campers will need to pay for or bring their own lunches.
CDC’s main campus is located at 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30333. The CDC Disease Detective Camp is organized by staff in the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, at CDC headquarters.
Yes! Non-Atlanta residents may apply for the camp, but are responsible for providing their own accommodations and transportation. Campers in past years have stayed with family friends or relatives in Atlanta.
To make the camp an engaging and exciting experience, CDC staff members incorporate as many current newsworthy topics into the camp’s activities as possible. Due to the ever-changing curriculum and CDC facility availability, each camp’s activities may be different. Campers can expect a variety of experiences including re-created outbreaks, mock press conferences, environmental and global health activities, a laboratory session, an introduction to chronic disease surveillance, public health law, and short lectures from world-renowned CDC scientists. Activities involve more than sitting in a classroom so campers must be prepared to move around as needed. Take a look at the sample schedule [PDF - 152KB].
No. To be respectful to camp presenters, campers are not allowed to leave early or arrive late. Please make arrangements that allow you to attend the camp from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm each day.
No. While we understand that you may want to visit with your parents, your best chance of getting to know your fellow campers is by staying with the group -- even during lunch.
Yes! The field of public health is full of professionals with a diverse range of expertise -- and not all are scientists! You only need to be eager to learn to apply for a camp slot.
A government-issued picture ID is required to get through the security checkpoints. If you are selected as a camper, you will receive additional information on what you will need to bring with you.
Twenty-seven high-school juniors and seniors will be selected for each camp session. Most attendees are from the Atlanta area, but every year we have out-of-state, and even out-of-country attendees. This is a wonderful opportunity to make friends from other schools!Top of Page
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- Page last updated: December 15, 2015
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