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How We Serve

EIS officers protect the public’s health by serving CDC, other public health agencies and partners.

While working in their assignments and deployments, they

  • Conduct or participate in field investigations
  • Design, conduct, and interpret epidemiological analyses
  • Evaluate public health surveillance systems
  • Give public health talks about their work
  • Give oral presentations to scientific audiences
  • Write scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Write concise public health updates communicating timely information
  • Write abstracts
  • Communicate complex scientific concepts to lay audiences

Service Highlights

EIS officers have responded to a multitude of major health threats since 1951, including

  • Investigating biological warfare during the Korean war
  • Participating in the worldwide smallpox eradication campaign in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Discovering the microbes that cause Legionnaires’ disease, Lassa fever, and AIDS
  • Investigating and responding to outbreaks and incidents related to Anthrax, SARS, and flu subtypes H1N1 and H5N1
  • Providing disaster relief following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Katrina, and 9/11
  • Providing on-the-ground response to Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks.

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Fun Facts

    • Active officers deploy more than 200 times in any given year to support field investigations for disease outbreaks and other public health threats within the U.S. and around the world.
    • Approximately 85% of EIS graduates enter the public health workforce.