67th Annual EIS Conference

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286


CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) will host the 67th Annual EIS Conference from April 16-19 in Atlanta. During the event, EIS officers—also known as CDC “disease detectives” —will describe the investigations they conducted over the past year.

This year, the conference incorporates four special sessions that will explore critical public health topics: the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, the need for innovative use of “big data” in public health, the 1918 influenza centenary, and the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic.

Another new feature will happen on April 17. Four EIS officers will give a behind-the-scenes look at their investigations in a TED-style talk. The TED-style talk will cover:

  • Using geographic information systems (GIS) to conduct a vaccination campaign in Somalia.
  • Tracking, testing, and building lab capacity for Legionella.
  • Preventing HIV and the untold story of men who have sex with men in rural America.
  • Discovering the inadequate nutritional value of food among incarcerated people during a foodborne outbreak investigation.

On April 18, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., will give this year’s Alexander D. Langmuir Lecture on “Better Health through Better Partnerships.”


April 16-19, 2018


Hilton Atlanta Hotel, 255 Courtland Street NE; Atlanta, Georgia 30303


EIS is the world’s premier public health fellowship in applied epidemiology. Each year, 60-80 new EIS officers are selected from among hundreds of physicians, doctoral-level scientists, veterinarians, and other health professionals who apply to this competitive fellowship program. During their two-year fellowship, EIS officers are on the front lines of public health, protecting Americans and the global community as boots-on-the-ground epidemiologists. Since 1951, more than 3,600 EIS officers have responded to domestic and international health threats. EIS alumni have gone on to become CDC directors; leading CDC scientists; acting surgeons general; WHO assistant directors general, regional directors, and country directors; public health and medical school faculty and deans; city health commissioners; and state epidemiologists. Others are leaders in industry, foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and the media.

Important Instructions

Media wishing to attend the EIS conference should RSVP to CDC Media Relations at media@cdc.gov or 404-639-3286.

For more information about the conference: http://www.cdc.gov/EIS/Conference.html.

For more information about the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service: http://www.cdc.gov/eis