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Frequently Asked Questions

Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly presentation series offered by the Office of the Associate Director for Science. This series was created to foster discussion on major public health issues and to encourage action based on the latest scientific findings. Each session focuses on the particular challenges related to a specific health topic. In addition to highlighting what CDC is already doing to address these public health challenges, experts in the chosen field explore cutting-edge research, present new evidence, and discuss the potential impact of different interventions. Grand Rounds sessions also discuss recommendations for future research and practice.

How can I view the live webcast?

Visit the Grand Rounds website and choose one of the connection links (broadband or slower connection). Please note that the webcast link will remain inactive until the date and time of the event.

Is registration required to view Grand Rounds?

Registration is not required.

What do I need to do to attend the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds session in person?

Due to security measures at CDC’s Roybal campus, non-CDC staff who wish to attend these sessions in person must have prior clearance and a U.S. state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or U.S. passport). Please send your request to attend in person to the CDC Grand Rounds Team.

*international visitors are required to submit a copy of passport and U.S. state-issued photo ID 10 days prior to the session for clearance.

How do I get continuing education for viewing Grand Rounds?

You can receive free training and continuing education opportunities/contact hours for watching Grand Rounds. All continuing education hours for Grand Rounds are issued online through the CDC/ATSDR Training & Continuing Education Online system. If you have continuing education questions, email or call Learner Support at 1-800-418-7246.

Those who attend PHGR either in person, Envision, IPTV, or “web on demand” and who wish to receive continuing education must complete the online seminar evaluation. Thirty days from the initial seminar the course number will change to WD2346 and will be available for continuing education until February 18, 2016. The course code for PHGR is PHGR10.

Are the presentations archived?

Yes, all sessions are archived and posted to the Grand Rounds archive page within 48-72 hours after each Grand Rounds session.

How can I get updates about Grand Rounds future sessions?

Stay connected by signing up for Grand Rounds email updates.

How are topics selected?

One or two times per year, a CDC-wide announcement is sent, inviting new topic proposals. Topic selections are based upon the timeliness of the proposed topic, its public health importance, and the ability to address the subject within the Grand Rounds venue and format.

Will requests for a specific topic or certain topics be considered?

Requests for a specific topic or certain topics are considered depending on the current Public Health Grand Rounds schedule. You may send inquiries to the Grand Rounds Team.

What is involved in putting together a CDC Public Health Grand Rounds session?

Putting together a session is a collaborative process. Speakers may expect to commit up to 16 hours on preparing presentation slides that are readily understandable for the Grand Rounds audience, revising the slides based on comments and suggestions, and rehearsing their presentations together with the other speakers. These rehearsals allow the key messages to be consistent and coordinated, and to adhere to an allotted time frame.

If you have more questions about CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, please contact us at

Join the discussion or ask questions during every live session via Twitter using hashtag #cdcgrandrounds.

  • Page last reviewed: February 20, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 25, 2016
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