Supervisory Requirements

EIS Officer Nicole Brown maps out the vaccine cold chain process during an Epi-Aid investigation in Alabama.

Host site supervisors are critical to the success of EIS officers. Supervisors and colleagues within the host site must commit to work with an officer to further develop their applied epidemiology and professional skills.

Expectations for Supervisors

  • Be full-time staff actively involved in the day-to-day program activities outlined in the application
  • Be able to devote at least 10% of time per week coaching, directing, supervising, guiding, and providing on-the-job training and developmental opportunities to the officer.

Integrate the EIS officer into the assignment and treat as regular members of the team.

  • Provide ongoing day-to-day supervision of the EIS officer.
  • Assist with the EIS officer’s overall professional development.

Supervisory Requirements

Each host site must have one primary supervisor and at least one secondary supervisor, with an option of designating up to two secondary supervisors.

To be eligible to serve as primary supervisor applicants must:

  • Have two or more years of experience working as a staff person (e.g., not a trainee) in applied epidemiology
  • Have one or more years working in the host site where the assignment will be located
  • Be a graduate of EIS or approved by the EIS program to serve as a primary supervisor
  • Intend to stay in their current position for the duration of the EIS officer’s assignment
  • Be committed to, and have managerial support for, spending 10% time (approximately 4 hours per week) providing direct supervision to the EIS officer, with more time spent at the start of the assignment
  • Agree to the terms of the Center, Institute or Office EIS Memorandum of Assignment pdf icon[173 KB, 10 Pages, 508] or the External Partner EIS Memorandum of Assignment pdf icon[160 KB, 10 Pages, 508]
  • Be willing and able to attend EIS conference and participate in the match process

To be eligible to serve as secondary supervisor applicants must:

  • Have one or more years working in the host site where the assignment will be located
  • Be committed to, and have managerial support for, supervising the EIS officer
  • At least one secondary supervisor must be willing and qualified to serve as primary supervisor (per requirements listed above) if the primary supervisor is not available to continue serving in that capacity.
  • Be willing and able to attend EIS conference and participate in the match process

Primary Supervisor Roles

  • Schedule regular, weekly meetings with EIS officer
  • Provide projects to fulfill each of the EIS Core Activities of Learning (CALs)
  • Review and provide detailed feedback on scientific products, including protocols, abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations
  • Ensure EIS officer has scientific and statistical support needed to successfully complete projects
  • Facilitate field opportunities
  • Facilitate opportunities for collaboration outside of host site
  • Serve as POC for administrative tasks
  • Provide mentorship and guidance
  • Meet quarterly with EIS program CIO liaison or supervisor
  • Attend EIS supervisor seminars (optional but strongly encouraged)

Secondary Supervisor Roles

  • Attend meeting with EIS and primary supervisor at least once a month
  • Review and provide detailed feedback on scientific products, including protocols, abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations (as needed)
  • Facilitate field opportunities
  • Facilitate opportunities for collaboration outside of host site
  • Provide mentorship and guidance
  • Attend EIS supervisor seminars (optional but strongly encouraged)
  • Be familiar with EIS CALs