Epi Elective Globe Logo

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a dual degree candidate (e.g., MD/MPH, DVM/MPH). Can I complete the EEP rotation as my MPH practicum?

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.

How do I receive school credit for participating in EEP?

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

Can I participate in the Epidemiology Elective Program more than once?

No, you can only participate in the program once.

How are the rotation dates set?

Rotation dates are pre-determined. When applying, you should select and rank two of the available rotations. 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.

Can I still participate if I am unavailable during the set rotation dates?

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

Can I request a shorter rotation?

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

Does the program allow excused absences?

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.

What hours will I be expected to work?

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)

Where can I be assigned?

Selected students are placed in a subject area within CDC, other federal sites, and in state 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, GA sites:

Other sites:

Do you offer international assignments?

No, the Epidemiology Elective Program offers domestic assignments.

How are host sites determined?

On the EEP application, students are asked to rank up to five sites by location or program focus, or specify a supervisor they would like to work with. Separately through a call for proposals, EEP staff identify programs internal and external to CDC that are interested in mentoring an EEP student. Interested programs submit a proposal and identify a potential mentor. EEP staff aim to align EEP student placement requests with the needs of participating programs.

What are the costs associated with EEP?

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. If students are assigned to an Epi-Aid during the elective, CDC will fund any Epi-Aid-related travel.

Are there any scholarships or financial awards available?

EEP has partnered with the CDC Foundation to provide several $1,000 awards annually to EEP graduates who have demonstrated commitments to global health, public health, and/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.

Do all qualified applicants get accepted?

No, not all qualified applicants get 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.

What happens if I am accepted into the EEP program?

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 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 website.

When will I be notified of my final status?

Acceptance e-mails will be sent no later than the notification date provided. Students who are not accepted will not receive notification.

Is it possible to receive application status updates prior to the notification date?

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

What type of networking is available?

Each week, students are provided with a list of seminars and trainings available at CDC and encouraged to attend as a group.

Student assignments that are 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, Internships, and Learning Opportunities web site. Various employment opportunities for students can be explored at the Careers at CDC web site.

Are all students able to assist with an Epi-Aid field investigation?

No, only select students will be assigned to assist with an Epi-Aid field investigation. This 2-4 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.