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 icon 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 epidemiologypdf iconexternal icon 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 icon 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 icon 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 Recollectionpdf iconexternal icon 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 icon 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 icon 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, 1951–2002pdf iconexternal icon 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.