Building State Capacity for Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance
For over a decade, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) has made great strides in defining and supporting the workforce and capacity necessary for effective chronic disease epidemiology within state health departments.
The minimum recommended chronic disease epidemiology workforce:3
- At least one senior-level chronic disease epidemiologist (doctoral degree with at least 5 years of experience in chronic disease epidemiology).
- At least one chronic disease epidemiologist who is responsible for coordinating or integrating activities across categorical programs.
- At least five full-time chronic disease epidemiologists, at least one of whom has a doctoral degree.
CSTE continues to administer epidemiology capacity assessments to capture information about the epidemiology workforce. These assessments serve to assist states with targeting improvements in epidemiology capacity within their health departments.
3 Minimum recommended chronic disease epidemiology workforce as defined in CSTE’s State-level Chronic Disease Epidemiology Capacity statement. [PDF - 38 KB]
- Page last reviewed: February 18, 2015
- Page last updated: February 18, 2015
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