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EIS officers are selected from among highly qualified applicants who are drawn to public health service and interested in practicing applied epidemiology. EIS officers work in diverse topical areas such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injury prevention, environmental health, and occupational health, either at CDC or at state, tribal, local, or territorial health departments.

Successful applicants are open to a variety of topical areas and geographic placements in the U.S. and have a record of high academic achievement, teamwork, innovation, service orientation, and leadership. Successful applicants 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 fellowship. We strongly recommend that applicants learn as much about the fellowship as possible prior to preparing their applications, including reading this website thoroughly and attending informational webinars.  The annual EIS conference usually provides a great opportunity to learn about current officers’ work and experiences and to meet alumni. Since this year’s conference is canceled, you may find it helpful to review highlights from the 2019 conference within the digital press kit and TED-style Talks on the Hear Our Stories page.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Degree, licensing, and experience requirements

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

  • Must have completed medical degree by time of application submission, AND
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice medicine by the time of application submission
    • If currently completing an ACGME residency or fellowship, physicians may apply with a training license, but must be able to provide an unrestricted license by the start date of the EIS fellowship
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g., MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, or MA 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:
      • Public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • Public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • Post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Veterinarians (e.g., DVM, VMD)

  • Must have completed veterinary degree by July 1st of the application year (i.e., the same year that you submit the application), AND
  • Must have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice veterinary medicine by September 1st of the application year (i.e., the same year that you submit the application)
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g., MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, or 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:
      • Public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • Public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • Post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Nurses and Physician Assistants (e.g., BSN, MSN, MPAS, DNP)

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

Other Doctoral-Level Healthcare Professionals (e.g., DDS, DMD, PharmD)

  • Must have completed clinical degree by the time of application submission, AND
  • Must have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice your clinical specialty by the time of application submission
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
    • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g., MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, or MA, 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:
      • Public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
      • Public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
      • Post-doctoral work in public health sciences

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

  • Must defend thesis or dissertation before March 31st of the year entering EIS
  • Qualifying degree should be in public health or a related discipline (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioral sciences, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or nutritional sciences).
  • Applicants with doctoral-level degrees from other disciplines who demonstrate interest and/or experience in working on public health problems will also be considered.
  • If you have questions about whether you are eligible, email eisapplication@cdc.gov
Non-U.S. Citizens without U.S. Permanent Resident Status

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

  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa external icon Exchange Visitor category at the time of application
    • Applicants who already hold a J-1 or any other type of U.S. visa or work authorization must contact the EIS program prior to submitting an EIS application.
    • If selected for EIS, the applicant must remain eligible for a J-1 visa. CDC will sponsor the J-1 Visa. Applying for any other type of visa or Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) may affect one’s eligibility for the J-1 visa, and result in the inability to join EIS.
  • Provide evidence of English-language proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores, unless exempt as outlined in the EIS TOEFL Requirements pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]
  • Not be a citizen of a country determined by the U.S. Department of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism (http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htmexternal icon)
  • Non-U.S. citizens applying as physicians, veterinarians, nurses, or other doctoral-level healthcare professionals must have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty at the times listed above. Non-U.S. licenses will not be accepted.