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The Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services works to:

  • Modernize public health tracking systems;
  • Provide timely information to clinicians and public health partners;
  • Train a competent and sustainable public health workforce;
  • Strengthen the nation’s clinical laboratory systems; and
  • Innovate to increase effectiveness and efficiency of CDC programs.


  • Trained public health workers, laboratorians, and healthcare workers worldwide through more than 372,000 hours of continuing education aimed at improving health
  • 149 Epidemic Intelligence Service officers actively responded to public health threats within the U.S. and around the world
  • Released more than 400 scientific reports in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, including a year-long series dedicated to promoting the health of rural Americans
  • Ensured that the 260,000 U.S. clinical laboratories had access to training, guidance, and standards to support the 13 billion lab tests conducted each year—about 40 tests per year for every person living in the United States
  • Tracked 65% of emergency room visits nationwide within 48 hours, providing near real-time data on symptoms and emerging health threats including natural disasters
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Health Informatics and Tracking

Our Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance is changing the way public health collects and shares health-related data to protect Americans.

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Lab Systems

Our Division of Laboratory Systems is strengthening the nation’s clinical and public health laboratory system.

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Public Health Information

Our Division of Public Health Information Dissemination serves as a hub for public health information and innovation that has a real impact on the public’s health.

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Workforce and Training

Our Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development ensures Americans have the safety net of a competent, trained public health workforce.