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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.