Promotion and 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

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.

Recruitment Flyer

Download and share this flyer and share with your network. You may also print copies of the flyer to distribute during events that coincide with the application period.


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.

Profiles of Disease Detectives

Share a print or digital copy of these disease detectives’ stories with EIS prospects. Stories can be provided as a handout, following an EIS presentation (using above slides) or as a supplement to the recruitment video (above). Stories may focus on disease detectives’ career paths to EIS, the work during their two-year fellowship assignment, and/or their post-fellowship position.

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.

Help us Find the Next Disease Detectives

Social Media Posts

Public health partners: you can use these images and messages and share with your colleagues and networks.

How to use: Pair the message and accompanying photo to post in your social media channels, blogs, newsletters, and websites. To save and use an image, click on, “Download image file” then right click and select “Save picture as.” The image file name and format will display. Choose a file folder to save to.

Facebook Messages and Downloadable Image

fb icon From field investigations to presentations, CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service responds to health and safety threats around the world. Hear front line stories from CDC disease detectives by visiting

LinkedIn Messages and Downloadable Images

linkedin icon Epidemic Intelligence Service officers serve as both investigators and communicators. To learn more about the life-saving work of EIS disease detectives, visit

linkedin icon From investigation to data analysis, CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers serve on the front lines of public health. CDC’s #DiseaseDetectives work alongside CDC experts, as well as local and state health leaders to solve complex public health challenges. To learn more about the life-changing and life-saving work of EIS disease detectives, visit

Twitter Post and Downloadable Image

twitter icon CDC’s #DiseaseDetectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) collaborate with subject matter experts and state, local, federal, and international health officials to solve public health challenges! Hear these front line stories from disease detectives by visiting

Instagram Post and Downloadable Image
EIS Instagram Promotional Material

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insta icon Gain a new perspective in your career! CDC #DiseaseDetectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service investigate disease outbreaks and public health threats of all kinds from their desk or at the front lines. Picture yourself here? Learn more about EIS:

Newsletter Content

EIS officer Varun Shetty performs a throat swab as part of COVID-19 specimen collection and contact tracing.

EIS officer Varun Shetty performs a throat swab as part of COVID-19 specimen collection and contact tracing. A team of EIS officers and other CDC experts traveled to Orange County, California, in February 2020 as part of the COVID-19 response.

Become a Disease Detective and Make a Real Public Health Impact

CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) trains disease detectives who serve as frontline rapid responders. EIS officers collaborate with public health partners to investigate and respond to public health threats and emergencies.

As an EIS officer, you would have extraordinary opportunities to support public health response work that spans many areas and populations. Currently, all EIS officers are deployed across the country to investigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at quarantine stations, airports, health departments, and within the CDC Emergency Operations Center.

If you have clinical or doctoral training and are ready to open new doors to public health, this is your chance to become a real disease detective. We encourage you to attend an informational webinar and apply!

  • Informational webinars for fellowship applicants are new this year! Visit the web page for meeting details.
    • What It’s Like to Be a Real Disease Detective in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service
      March 25, March 31, April 1
    • Preparing Your Best Application to Become a CDC Disease Detective in the Epidemic Intelligence Service
      March 22, April 8, May 13
  • Application period will open on April 2.

In the meantime, visit the Epidemic Intelligence Service website to learn what EIS officers do and experience in their behind-the-scenes stories.