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Application Information

Before applying to EIS, consider your willingness to:

  • Commit to a 2-year, full-time program that begins in July
  • Relocate to your assignment

EIS officers are selected from among highly qualified applicants drawn to public health service and interested in practicing applied epidemiology. EIS officers may be assigned to work in the areas of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injury prevention, environmental health, or occupational health, either at CDC, or at another federal agency, state, or local health department. We are particularly interested in applicants whose coursework and experience indicate flexibility to a variety of topical areas and geographic placements in the U.S. and who have a record of high academic achievement, teamwork, innovation, and leadership. Successful applicants must demonstrate how EIS is a logical career path and in what ways they will benefit from the applied training through service that defines the EIS program.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Degree, licensing, and experience requirements

Physicians (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS)

  • Must have completed your medical degree by the time of application
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice medicine by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
    • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Veterinarians (e.g., DVM, VMD)

  • Must have completed your veterinary degree by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice veterinary medicine by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
    • At least one year of full time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Nurses (e.g., BSN, MSN)

  • Must have completed a minimum of a BSN by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice nursing by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods) in addition to your nursing degree, OR
    • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Allied healthcare professionals (e.g., DDS, DMD, PA, PharmD)

  • Must have completed your clinical degree by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice your clinical specialty by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
    • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Doctoral-level scientists (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD)

  • Must defend your thesis or dissertation before March 31st of fellowship year
  • Qualifying degree must have background in public health or one of its related disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioral health, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or nutritional sciences)

Additional experience or equivalent degrees may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis via email to EIS@cdc.gov.

Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Permanent Residents

Because of the program’s domestic focus, a very limited number of non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents are selected each year. In addition to the eligibility criteria for each of the below professions, applicants must also:

  • Provide evidence of English-language proficiency by submitting one of the following:
  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa under the Research Scholar category
    • If you are selected for EIS, CDC will sponsor the J-1 Visa
  • Not be a citizen of a country determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism (http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm)
Physicians (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS)
  • Must have completed your medical degree by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
    • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
Veterinarians (e.g., DVM, VMD)
  • Must have completed your veterinary degree by the time of application, and
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
    • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
Nurses (e.g., BSN, MSN)
  • Must have completed a minimum of a BSN by the time of application, and
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    1. MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods) in addition to your nursing degree, OR
    2. At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
Allied healthcare professionals (e.g., DDS, DMD, PA, PharmD)
  • Must have completed your clinical degree by the time of application, and
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    1. MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
    2. At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
Doctoral-level scientists (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD)
  • Must defend your thesis or dissertation before March 31st of fellowship year
  • Qualifying degree must have background in public health or one of its related disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioral health, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or nutritional sciences)

To learn more about specific centers, institutes, and offices at CDC, visit the CDC Organization web page.

Click below to view the list of assignments for the 2017 EIS class. This may serve as a helpful reference for identifying potential topical and geographical assignments of interest.

2017 EIS Assignments Book [PDF – 200 pages]

Step 1: Prepare your application information and materials

  • Review eligibility.
  • Update your CV and have the following information ready for application prompts: contact information; education; post-graduate training and skills; work and volunteer experience; publications, presentations, and grants; honors and awards.
  • Write your personal statement (in essay form) by answering these questions:
    • How will the EIS program complement your previous training and experience?
    • Understanding that there are different topical and geographical EIS assignments, in which would you prefer to work? Why?
    • What are your career plans after graduating from the EIS program? How will EIS help you achieve them?
    • What are your prior experiences, achievements, and special skills that will enable you to perform well as an EIS officer?
    • If you are reapplying, please answer: What has changed since your previous application to make you a more suitable candidate for EIS this year?
  • Identify four people to write letters of recommendation on your behalf, following the guidelines on the Supporting Materials tab.
  • Obtain copies of transcripts for all earned degrees.
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must obtain a photocopy of their active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice a clinical specialty.
  • Non U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. If you do not meet the exemption criteria [PDF – 2 pages], you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Step 2: Submit your application and supporting materials by the deadline

  • Access the online application.
    • You may enter information in the online application before or at the same time as uploading supporting materials. Be sure to save your application if doing these steps separately.
  • Enter your personal information, CV, and personal statement into appropriate sections of the online application form.
  • Enter email addresses for 4 people who will write letters of recommendation.
    • Confirm that recommendation writers receive the system-generated email.
    • Follow-up to ensure they submit their letters by the deadline.
  • Enter the required information for each college/university in order to upload unofficial transcripts.
    • If accepted into the EIS program, official transcripts must be mailed to CDC by January 31 of the fellowship year.
  • Upload a copy of your active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice a clinical specialty, if applicable.
  • Upload TOEFL scores or exemption letter as proof of English-language proficiency, if applicable.
  • Submit your application after completing the online application and uploading all required materials. You will not be able to make changes after submitting your application except to update your contact information.
    • You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. You may also print a copy of your application for your records.
  • Refer to the Application Status tab to track your application.

Information for Recommendation Writers

To submit the letter of recommendation:

  • Letter should be written in English and placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months of application submission
  • Scan and save the letter as a PDF file
  • Once you have received the system-generated email from EISapplication@cdc.gov, click on the link provided to upload the PDF version of the letter
  • You will receive an additional system-generated email from EISapplication@cdc.gov indicating that the upload was successful

Letters of Recommendation

  • Four letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.
    • Two letters of recommendation must be from persons who are not currently employed at the CDC.
    • If you received your medical degree from a U.S. institution, you must provide a dean’s letter from your medical school as one of the four letters (e.g., similar to the dean’s letter of recommendation for applying to a residency)
  • Persons writing letters should typically be current or former supervisors or professors. Avoid requesting letters from colleagues or friends.
  • Recommendations must be specific to the EIS application, written in English, placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months prior to date submitted.
  • Provide recommendation writers with a copy of the Instructions for Letters of Recommendation [PDF – 2 pages], and tell them to expect a system-generated email from EISapplication@cdc.gov with instructions for submitting their letter electronically.

Transcripts

Your application requires copies of unofficial transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress.

Official Transcripts for New EIS Officers

  • If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcript by January 31 of the fellowship year. Send official transcripts by mail to:

    Epidemic Intelligence Service
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd., NE
    Mailstop E-92
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4018

  • If your degree requires a completed thesis or dissertation, you must have defended your thesis or dissertation on or before March 31 of the year you enter EIS, and you will need to submit your transcripts with conferred degree as soon as they become available.
  • You will be prompted in the online application form for your college/university education, which will enable you to browse and attach a PDF version of your unofficial transcripts.
  • Transcripts must state your degree of study, courses taken, earned grades, and graduation date if the degree has been conferred.
  • When a transcript is issued by a non-U.S. institution:
    • A foreign credential evaluation is required  for all degrees for which English-language transcripts are not available. A credential evaluation service is not the same as a translation service.
    • If any academic institutions you attended are unable to issue your transcripts, you must contact the EIS program via email EIS@cdc.gov for further instructions.
    • All documents must be in English.
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned to you.
  • Do not send high school transcripts.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Permanent Residents

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must submit evidence of English-language proficiency by providing your TOEFL scores or writing an exemption letter. See the EIS TOEFL Requirements [PDF – 2 pages] to learn more about the TOEFL criteria for scores and exemptions, as well as submission instructions.

U.S. Clinical License for U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents

U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a clinical degree must provide a photocopy of an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice a clinical specialty. You will upload this into the Education section of the online application.

Class of 2018 Deadlines and Decision Dates

May 1, 2017

Application period opens at 9:00 a.m. (ET).

June 30, 2017

Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. (ET).
All applications and supporting materials must be received by the deadline.
Late applications will not be considered.

July–August 2017

EIS program reviews applications and selects applicants for interviews.

September 18–29, 2017

CDC interviews applicants in Atlanta (applicants pay their own travel expenses).

November–December, 2017

EIS program notifies applicants of their status (accepted, rejected, or wait-listed).

April 16-19, 2018

Accepted candidates attend EIS conference in Atlanta (EIS program pays travel expenses for the conference).

July 2, 2018

Two-year fellowship begins.
New EIS officers start month-long orientation and summer course in Atlanta.

 

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For EIS application questions, please contact us directly at eis@cdc.gov.

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