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Regional Training Workshops: Teach Tomorrow’s Disease Detectives

In 2018, CDC launched its inaugural regional trainings to meet the high demand of the Science Ambassador Fellowship. In partnership with the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), the CDC was able to train over 120 educators in 3 major cities: Seattle, WA, Chapel Hill, NC, and St. Louis, MO. In the years to come, CDC hopes to offer the 2-day training at several new locations.


The regional training workshops are modeled on the Science Ambassador Fellowship one-week training, only shorter. The regional training workshops provide a unique opportunity to network with CDC’s EIS officers, also known as CDC’s disease detectives, CDC Science Ambassador fellows and alumni, CDC staff, local public health professionals, and faculty and students of ASPPH.

Public Health Topics

The two days are filled with interactive workshops in which middle-and high-school teachers and education leaders learn strategies to teach public health concepts and inspire interest in public heath careers.

Public health topics covered during the workshops could include:

  • Population health: The opioid overdose epidemic and the obesity epidemic
  • Infectious disease: Pandemic influenza, One Health, and zoonotic disease
  • Applied epidemiology: Investigating an outbreak like a disease detective
  • Public health careers: The path to becoming a disease detective


Thank you for your interest! Please check back in the Fall of 2018 for updates on locations and registration.