Career Paths to Public Health

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CDC’s Career Paths to Public Health (CPP) website is a roadmap for students and teachers interested in learning and teaching about epidemiology and public health sciences (EPHS).

Here you will find information on CDC workshops, activities, and lesson plans as well as other resources. These materials are designed to introduce the future public health workforce to EPHS, to promote health literacy and to provide examples of how math and science are used every day to solve public health problems confronting our world.

CDC Teacher Roadmap

A collection of resources for educators wishing to teach classes, units or entire courses in epidemiology and public health sciences.

Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology (EXCITE) is an archive site. A “Teacher Roadmap” will replace EXCITE in Spring of 2016. The “Teacher Roadmap” will include education standards and a course framework for teaching epidemiology and public health at the middle and high school level. Information on CDC’s teacher training—the Science Ambassador Fellowship, epidemiology and public health lesson plans, and other resources can be found at the Career Paths to Public Health website.

CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship

In 2017, CDC launched its inaugural Science Ambassador Fellowship, previously the Science Ambassador Workshop. This competitive fellowship includes a 5-day course at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA over the summer and a 1-year remote professional development opportunity for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into current middle- and high- school classrooms.

Science Olympiad Disease Detectives Event

An extramural team competition designed to improve the quality of science education by fostering interest in a variety of science, engineering, and technology topics for grades 3–12.

CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp (DDC)

A public health day camp organized by the CDC Museum for rising high school juniors and seniors. Over the course of five days, campers are immersed in the diverse field of public health and learn first–hand how the CDC safeguards the nation′s health.

Lesson Plans

CDC’s Science Ambassador Fellowship connects teachers with CDC scientists to develop lesson plans to use in schools across the country.

These plans are designed to be for middle and high school classrooms and meet Next Generation Scienceexternal icon. They bring relevant public health topics into the classroom and challenge students to think about science and mathematics in a new way.


Learn about public health education resources for elementary, middle and high school, and college students. Access resources for teachers to help bring public health concepts into classrooms.