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 student assists with a field outbreak investigation
EEP students test farm animals for disease.
EEP student collects a soil sample during a field investigation
EEP students verify diagnosis of a potential outbreak.
EEP student prepares for a field outbreak investigation.
EEP students learn by hands-on experience and mentorship by CDC experts and can engage in networking events.
An EEP student analyzes health data and conducts disease surveillance.
A veterinary student assists with soil sampling for burkholderia pseudomallei while completing an EEP rotation in the field with a state health department.
EEP students tour CDC and network with CDC experts during orientation.
EEP students learn about the history of CDC during a visit to the Edward J. Sencer CDC Museum