The CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship is the only program of its kind offered by CDC for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into middle- and high- school classrooms. This competitive fellowship includes a 5-day summer course at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity.
Prior to the summer course, fellows:
- complete an online Introduction to Public Health short course.
During the summer course, fellows:
- learn from and interact with CDC scientists who will provide public health content and guidance on effective teaching strategies,
- participate in panel discussions by CDC public health scientists on current public health topics,
- attend seminars with Epidemic Intelligence Service officers,
- develop challenging and innovative public health STEM lesson plans, in teams, that meet the Next Generation Science Standards*external icon and CDC’s Epidemiology and Public Health Science: Core Competencies for High School Students pdf icon[PDF – 33 pages],
- tour CDC’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, the Emergency Operations Center and CDC laboratories,
- expand their professional network, and
- earn 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
After the summer course, fellows:
- collaborate with CDC remotely for one year,
- work with CDC scientists to finalize teaching materials,
- pilot public health lesson plans in the classroom,
- present public health lesson plans at local teacher conferences or meetings, and
- consult on the development of public health-based resource materials for middle- and high- school teachers nationwide.
*Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these products.