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The Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) introduces medical and veterinary students to applied epidemiology, public health, and global health. Students learn by gaining hands-on experience and mentorship from CDC subject matter experts. This program offers assignments during 6- or 8-week rotation periods largely based at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Students are eligible to apply if they are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited medical or veterinary school and have completed 2 years of coursework. Every effort is made to place students in an assignment that provides leadership experience that aligns with their career goals and preferred public health topic area. Most schools award course credit for participation in EEP.

Assignments may involve:

  • conducting surveillance of a disease, injury, or other health condition,
  • analyzing health data to identify new risk factors for disease,
  • assisting CDC’s EIS officers and other public health professionals in the field to investigate an outbreak, and
  • contributing to CDC publications and guidelines of major public health importance.

EEP students work in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center

EEP students work in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center

Mitchell, Barajas, and McClung sampling well July 2017

EEP student assists with a field outbreak investigation

Student swabbing pig to test for disease

EEP students test farm animals for disease.

Maria Evola testing a bat for rabies in Thailand 2009

EEP student collects a soil sample during a field investigation

EIS field workers taking suspect urine culture

EEP students verify diagnosis of a potential outbreak.

EIS field worker taking mitchell field test

EEP student prepares for a field outbreak investigation.