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Epidemiology Elective Program Overview

The Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) introduces medical and veterinary students to applied epidemiology and public health. Students learn by gaining hands-on experience and mentorship from subject matter experts in public health. This program offers assignments during 6- or 8-week rotation periods based at CDC sites or state, Tribal, local, and territorial health departments. More than 2,100 medical and veterinary students have completed EEP since its inception in 1975.

Students are eligible to apply if they are currently enrolled in an accredited medical or veterinary school based within the United States and have completed 2 years of coursework. Every effort is made to place students in an assignment that provides experience in leadership and in a preferred public health topic area that aligns with their career goals. Most schools award academic 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 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers and other public health professionals in the field to investigate an outbreak, and
  • contributing to CDC publications and guidelines.