Historically Significant Publications
These articles highlight the evolution of applied epidemiology training for EIS officers, epidemiologic practice, and tools EIS officers use as they help public health departments in the U.S. and globally to save lives and protect the public’s health.
Applied epidemiology for the 21st CenturyExternal Thacker SB, Buffington J. Int J Epidemiol. 2001;30(2):320–325.
Reviews literature examining key issues in epidemiologic practice and training.
Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 50 years of training and service in applied epidemiologyCdc-pdfExternal Thacker SB, Dannenberg AL, Hamilton DH. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;154(11):985–992.
Highlights the changing experience of EIS officers because of increased need for more sophisticated analytical methods and tools, as well as CDC’s expanded mission into chronic diseases, environmental health, occupational health, and injury control.
Epidemiologic field investigations by the Centers for Disease Control and Epidemic Intelligence Service, 1946–87External Goodman RA, Bauman CF, Gregg MB, Videtto JF, Stroup DF, Chalmers NP. Public Health Rep. 1990;105(6):604–610.
Discusses the epidemiologic field investigation as an important tool CDC uses to assist state, local, and international public health agencies.
Epidemiology and public health at CDC CDC. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006;55(Suppl No. 2):3–4.
Defines epidemiology and traces its relationship with public health at CDC.
Fifty-Five Years of International Epidemic-Assistance Investigations Conducted by CDC’s Disease DetectivesExternal Rolle IV, Pearson ML, Nsubuga P. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;174(11 Suppl.):S97–112.
Focuses on the evolution of EIS officers’ international epidemiologic field investigations and how they contribute to global disease prevention and control, public health science, and health policy.
Introduction: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epi-Aids—A Fond RecollectionCdc-pdfExternal Koplan JP, Foege WH. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;174(11 Suppl.):S1–3.
Reflects on the evolution of the Epi-Aid; a written summary of a field investigation and a key element of the EIS officers’ experience.
The Epidemic Intelligence Service: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disease DetectivesExternal Hamilton DH. Virtual Mentor. 2006;8(4):261–264.
Highlights early and more recent investigations that reflect the EIS program’s key philosophy—to train epidemiologists to respond to the whole spectrum of public health emergencies.
Vaccine-preventable Diseases, Immunizations, and the Epidemic Intelligence ServiceExternal Hinman AR, Orenstein WA, Schuchat A. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;174(11 Suppl.):S16–22.
Describes past and future role of EIS in vaccine-preventable diseases epidemiology and immunization program implementation.
Veterinarians and public health: the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1951–2002Cdc-pdfExternal Pappaioanou M, Garbe PL, Glynn MK, Thacker SB. J Vet Med Educ. 2003;30(4):383–391.
Puts forth EIS as a career option for veterinarians.