Recruitment Tools

EIS Recruitment tools

These recruitment tools are designed for use by current officers, alumni, supervisors, mentors, and other friends of EIS to speak about the EIS opportunity, the caliber of professionals we seek, and how their public health work protects Americans and the global community.

Slide deck

Click a link below to download slides and use them to present the EIS opportunity at conferences, medical schools, or other public health events. If you’re an EIS alum, you may customize the PowerPoint version by adding your action photos to tell your own EIS story.

CDC’s Disease Detectives Training Program


Show this recruitment video in your presentations/talks and share the YouTube link with promising prospects and partners in your network. You may also provide the video link to event coordinators, and ask them to play it during intermissions at public health events. If candidates want more, you can direct them to additional videos on EIS officers’ personal experiences and investigative work on the Hear Our Stories page.

EIS: A Worthwhile Journey

EIS officer Charles Alpren, MBChB, shared insights into the life of a CDC disease detective. Hear how his interactions with other EIS officers motivated him to join EIS, his advice to potential applicants, and how an officer must rise to the challenge in order to solve public health problems.

From Physician to EIS Officer

During the 2019 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference in Atlanta, GA, EIS officer Kendra McDow (MD, MPH) shared some insights into her life as a CDC disease detective. Of her experience as an EIS officer, she said, “I was motivated to join EIS because of my interest and desire to take my skills as a pediatrician and apply that on a national level. And through public health you can do that; you can make an impact on a national level.”

EIS: Transforming Careers & Making a Difference Globally

CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers share their fellowship experiences, with the feature story focusing on how the EIS program has empowered him, as a physician, to impact the health of populations.

Talking Points

Use these talking points as a reference to describe the EIS fellowship and the work that EIS officers do, provide application information, and recommend steps for interested candidates.

Printable Profile: Disease Detective Up Close

Share a print or digital copy of this disease detective’s story with EIS prospects. This story can be provided as a handout, following an EIS presentation (using above slides) or as a supplement to the recruitment video (above). This story focuses on a disease detective’s career path to EIS, the work he did in his two-year assignment at the New York City Department of Health, and the position he landed at CDC after completing his EIS fellowship.

Isaac Benowitz

Isaac Benowitz, MD, EIS Class of 2014, was assigned to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and helped investigate a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Share these Frequently Asked Questions with interested candidates to answer common questions about the EIS fellowship, including how assignments work and how officers learn through public health service. These FAQs should serve as a supplement to a presentation or talk and not a stand-alone resource.

Additional Assistance

If you have questions or need additional assistance or materials, please contact in advance of the event or presentation.