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Epidemiology Elective Program Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can complete the rotation as your MPH practicum if you have completed 2 years of your medical or veterinary school curriculum by July 1 of the application year and meet all other eligibility criteria.

It is your responsibility to coordinate academic school credit with your school. EEP staff are willing to provide necessary documentation and complete any evaluations, as needed.

No, you can only participate in the program once.

Yes, you can apply for an EEP rotation again as long as you continue to meet EEP program eligibility requirements and have not previously participated in the EEP program.

Rotation dates are pre-determined. When applying, you should select all set rotation periods that you are available. You must be available to complete the entire rotation. Requests for date changes and exceptions will not be considered. Please make the appropriate arrangements prior to submitting your application.

No, we do not allow students to participate outside of the set rotation periods.

No, students must be available to complete the entire set rotation period.

In some cases, excused absences for up to 2 days may be provided at the discretion of the program. All requests for excused absences must be made prior to accepting a rotation. Requests exceeding 2 days will not be considered.

Unless otherwise specified by your supervisor, you are expected to work during federal business hours. Federal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (ET).

No, student must be available to complete the rotation in-person.

Selected students are placed in a subject area within CDC, other federal sites, and in state, Tribal, local, and territorial health departments. Examples of sites that have hosted students previously are listed below. To learn more about specific centers, institutes, and offices at CDC, visit the CDC Organization web page.

Atlanta, Georgia sites include:

Other sites include:

No, EEP only offers domestic assignments.

On the EEP application, students are asked to select topic or subject areas, project, and locations they are interested in. Separately through a call for host sites, EEP staff identify programs and supervisors internal and external to CDC that are interested in mentoring an EEP student. Host site supervisors are asked to provide similar information about their site, including topic or subject areas of focus, types of projects they typically have available for students, and their geographical location. EEP staff use a matching algorithm to align EEP student selections and availability with those of host sites.

There is no cost to participate in EEP. Students do not receive a stipend and are responsible for living expenses and round-trip transportation to their assigned location. A reasonable accommodation housing list is provided to students based in Atlanta, Georgia. If students are assigned to an Epi-Aid during the elective, CDC will fund any Epi-Aid-related travel.

Yes, the in-person orientation during the first three days of the rotation is mandatory. Students assigned to a host site outside of Atlanta, Georgia will be traveled in at EEP’s expense. Please note that this is not a travel stipend and travel must be arranged through EEP. Students assigned to a CDC site in Atlanta are responsible for transportation to orientation in Atlanta as part of their travel and housing for their rotation.

EEP has partnered with the CDC Foundation to provide several awards annually to EEP graduates who have demonstrated commitments to global health, public health, or One Health through their EEP assignments. EEP graduates may submit proposals after completing their EEP rotation. Learn more about the CDC-Hubert Global Health Awardexternal icon and the Pappaioanou Veterinary Public Health and Applied Epidemiology Awardexternal icon.

No, not all qualified applicants are accepted. During each of the set rotations, 15-20 students are selected. Please understand that this opportunity is competitive with a limited number of programs that host students. Eligible candidate applications will be reviewed by the potential supervisors. During this process, potential supervisors may schedule interviews with qualified applicants. CDC assigns students to participating programs based on rankings.

The EEP program will send an email to notify students of their acceptance into the program and their assignment. Matched students must accept the assignment and complete necessary paperwork within 10 business days. Acceptance e-mails will be sent no later than the notification date provided. Students who are not accepted will not receive notification. Status of all applications can be checked on the application websiteexternal icon.

Acceptance e-mails will be sent no later than the notification date provided. Students who are not accepted will not receive notification. Status of all applications can be checked on the application websiteexternal icon.

No, we cannot guarantee notification prior to the listed date.

Each week, students are provided with a list of seminars and trainings available at CDC and encouraged to attend as a group. EEP students outside of Atlanta can view most seminars and trainings online. Students should make every effort to learn more about CDC’s fellowship, training, and employment opportunities and to network with fellows currently in these positions. Some related fellowships include:

Fellowship opportunities can be explored at the CDC’s Fellowships and Training Opportunities web site. Various employment opportunities for students can be explored at the Careers at CDC web site.

No, only select students will be assigned to assist with an Epi-Aid field investigation. This two- to four-week field investigation provides students with invaluable experience to work with a response team, including subject matter experts and Epidemic Intelligence Service officers. EEP students assigned to the CDC site leading the investigation will be asked to assist first. If no student is available, students will be chosen according to a pre-determined response roster. Students are assigned to this roster during their second or third week of rotation and are given advance notice of their on-call status.