What type of assignments are available at NCEH/ATSDR?

NCEH/ATSDR protects people’s health from environmental hazards that can be present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the world that sustains us. At NCEH and ATSDR, you will have opportunities to help promote healthy homes and communities, prevent asthma attacks and lead poisoning in children, improve capabilities for preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters, respond to foodborne or waterborne outbreaks, and build state and national public health capacity. Our EIS Officers have led or participated in cruise ship inspections and outbreak investigations, global cook stove initiatives, and public meetings associated with hazardous waste site investigations. Our EIS Officers learn how to use GIS in investigations and track diseases and exposures using the National Environmental Public Health Tracking system.

Geoffrey Whitfield (EIS '13) deployed to support the Ebola response in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

Geoffrey Whitfield (EIS ’13) deployed to support the Ebola response in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

Kevin Chatham-Stephens (EIS '13) and Ethel Taylor (EIS '09) reviewing questionnaires conducted by CDC staff and Emory University volunteers in CDC's Emergency Operations Center during an investigation of illness associated with dietary supplements

Kevin Chatham-Stephens (EIS '13) and Ethel Taylor (EIS '09) reviewing questionnaires conducted by CDC staff and Emory University volunteers in CDC's Emergency Operations Center during an investigation of illness associated with dietary supplements

EIS Officers at NCEH/ATSDR have worked on a wide range of investigations, including:

  • Leading field investigations into the public health effects of natural gas pipeline explosions on community residents and first responders
  • Investigating the outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI)
  • Investigating public health effects of chemical releases through field investigations and analysis of state and national databases
  • Investigating childhood lead poisoning due to artisanal mining in Nigeria
  • Investigating toxicological outbreaks and assisting our laboratory with biomonitoring and sample prioritization
  • Responding to disasters (e.g., extreme weather-related, chemical, or radiological) by conducting community needs assessments and surveillance
  • Responding to public health emergencies
  • Using geographic information systems and technology to investigate geospatial risk factors for community health problems
  • Applying epidemiologic methods to environmental health issues such as drinking water and food safety in domestic and international settings
  • Evaluating data collected by state-based childhood blood lead surveillance systems and healthy housing research programs
  • Providing epidemiological and technical support to state, local, tribal and territorial health departments and foreign ministries of health
  • Studying air pollution-related health effects
  • Investigating carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Leading cruise ship enteric disease outbreak investigations
Olaniyi Olyinka (EIS '13) surveying residents during an investigation of arsenic in drinking water from private wells in New Mexico

Olaniyi Olyinka (EIS '13) surveying residents during an investigation of arsenic in drinking water from private wells in New Mexico

Kevin Chatham-Stephens (EIS ’13) organizing food grain samples collected during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia

Kevin Chatham-Stephens (EIS ’13) organizing food grain samples collected during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia

Ekta Choudhary (EIS ’09) collecting water samples in West Virginia

Ekta Choudhary (EIS ’09) collecting water samples in West Virginia

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