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.
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