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What do EIS officers do at NCEH/ATSDR?

Ellen Yard (EIS '09) and Matt Murphy (EIS '07) in Kentucky floodwater

Ellen Yard (EIS ’09) and Matt Murphy (EIS ’07) in Kentucky floodwater

EIS officers are involved in a variety of opportunities to lead epidemiological investigations, analyze large national datasets, serve as technical advisors, and respond to requests for assistance from state and international governments.

EIS officers are placed in the

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)

EIS officer (PhD) checking water quality during flood in Tennessee

EIS officer (PhD) checking water quality during flood in Tennessee.

Recent projects conducted by EIS officers include the following topics:

  • Investigation of Ebola Virus Disease
  • Undetermined risk for childhood lead poisoning in the area surrounding a former lead paint
    production facility
  • Undetermined burden of disease and risk factors for chikungunya virus infections
  • Investigation of Asthma-Related emergency room visits
  • Undetermined risk factors and mode of transmission in a Healthcare-Associated
    Legionnares’ Disease Outbreak
  • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) for Rapid Identification
    of Disaster Response and Recovery Needs of Communities Affected by the Elk River Chemical Spill
  • Undetermined source for a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated with a resort
  • Investigation of Elk River Chemical Spill

You can read more about investigations conducted by EIS officers at NCEH in the following articles:

You can solve a virtual outbreak by using the CDC iPAD application: Solve the Outbreak at

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