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About EIS

EIS officer swabs a boa constrictor to test for the presence of Salmonella Cotham during a multistate outbreak of human Salmonella cases.

EIS officer completes his daily tally sheets from his contact tracing visit in the city of Kamian, Guinea.

EIS is a highly competitive, 2-year, post-graduate fellowship. This CDC program, established in 1951, is a unique combination of on-the-job-learning and service in applied epidemiology. Each class consists of approximately 80 EIS officers, selected from among highly qualified applicants who demonstrate interest in a public health career. (See Application Information for eligibility requirements.)

EIS officers are assigned to work in subject areas of infectious or noninfectious diseases, global health, chronic disease, injury prevention, or environmental or occupational health. They may be assigned to CDC offices, state or local health departments, or other federal agencies. When disease outbreaks or natural disasters strike anywhere in the world, EIS officers — CDC’s boots-on-the-ground disease detectives — are on the scene.

“From tracking down transplant recipients who received rabies virus–exposed organs to helping discover a brand new species of orthopoxvirus in the country of Georgia, the 2 years I spent as an EIS officer were among the most rewarding in my professional career. You come in each day excited to investigate something new.”

Neil Vora, MD, EIS Class of 2012

EIS is a gateway for graduates to have successful careers at CDC, state or local health departments, and other organizations. Many graduates have pursued leadership positions in public health, medicine, academia, research, industry, foundations and nongovernmental organizations, and the media.

For more about “the EIS experience,” check out the Epidemic Intelligence Service Playlist. This series of videos features EIS alumni talking why they applied, what they did as EIS officers, what impact EIS has had on their careers, and what advice they have for potential applicants.