What We Do
CSELS work makes a difference. Some of our work you may recognize; some of it is in the background keeping the gears of our health system turning. Here are just a few of the ways we make an impact on the nation’s health and safety.
Partnerships and inter-professional collaboration are essential to improving health outcomes and health equity. APIH focuses on improving the health of individuals and communities through alliances among academic associations, universities, and CDC. Using fellowships and workforce innovation projects, APIH serves as a CDC-wide conduit for public health workforce activities to enhance population health education for medical, nursing, and public health students.
Career Paths to Public Health- CDC’s Career Paths to Public Health (CPP) website is a roadmap for students and teachers interested in learning and teaching about epidemiology and public health sciences (EPHS). Here you will find information on CDC workshops, activities, and lesson plans as well as other resources. These materials are designed to introduce the future public health workforce to EPHS, to promote health literacy and to provide examples of how math and science are used every day to solve public health problems confronting our world.
Our CDC Biorepository is a centralized resource to manage and preserve CDC’s millions of valuable specimens for scientists and researchers studying the next disease outbreak or cutting-edge diagnostics.
CDC TRAIN is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities. TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation.
The Data Hub is a collection of multiple data sets for public health research. It coordinates agency-wide data purchases and acquisitions; establishes and maintains databases that are housed securely on the CDC network; facilitates and tracks data use agreements within CDC; provides technical and scientific assistance to CDC users; supports user networks to facilitate shared learning; and maintains a suite of flexible SAS tools.
We run the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) that gives health professionals a 2-year, postgraduate stint on the front lines of public health, learning and practicing epidemiology in more than 100 field investigations in the United States and around the world.
As the “voice of CDC,” the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) has been CDC’s primary scientific publication for more than 50 years. It’s where emerging public health problems such as Legionnaires’ disease, HIV/AIDS, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) were all first reported.
Surveillance Data Platform – Launched in 2016, the Surveillance Data Platform (SDP) is one of several initiatives dedicated to making disease tracking more efﬁcient through the use of cloud-based technology.
Vital Signs – The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish. Vital Signs reports cover an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease.