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. Explore the exceptional opportunities at NCEH and ATSDR and 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, build state and national public health capacity. Be part of a cruise ship inspection / outbreak investigation, global cook stoves initiative, public meetings associated with hazardous waste site investigations, learn how to use GIS in investigations, and track diseases and exposures using the environmental public health tracking system. Want to be at the front line of public health? Find out more at National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) – YouTube and The Health Assessment Process and your community – YouTube.

Meet the Scientist Geoffrey Whitfield https://blogs.cdc.gov/yourhealthyourenvironment/2015/10/19/meet-the-scientist-geoffrey-whitfield/.

Geoffrey P Whitfield, PhD  (EIS '13), Ebola response, Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

Geoffrey P Whitfield, PhD (EIS '13), Ebola response, Port Loko, Sierra Leone.

Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, MPH (EIS '13) and Ethel Taylor, DVM, MPH (EIS '09 ) review the results of one of 574 telephone questionnaires conducted by CDC staff and Emory volunteers in CDC's Emergency Operations Center during an investigation of illness associated with dietary supplements.

Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, MPH (EIS '13) and Ethel Taylor, DVM, MPH (EIS '09 ) review the results of one of 574 telephone questionnaires conducted by CDC staff and Emory volunteers in CDC's Emergency Operations Center during an investigation of illness associated with dietary supplements.

Assignments available for EIS officers include the following:

  • Investigating public health effects of chemical releases through field investigations and analysis of state and national databases.
  • Investigating toxicological outbreaks and assisting laboratory with biomonitoring and sample prioritization.
  • Responding to disasters (e.g. extreme weather-related, chemical, or radiological) by conducing conducting community needs assessments and surveillance.
  • Responding to public health emergencies.
  • Using geospatial information science 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 arenas.
  • Evaluating data collected under an established state-based childhood blood lead surveillance system and healthy housing research program.
  • Providing epidemiological and technical support to organizations requesting assistance (such as state, local, tribal and territorial health departments, foreign ministries of health).
  • Studying air pollution-related health effects, surveillance and investigations of carbon monoxide poisoning and emergency response activities related to public health disasters.
  • Leading cruise ship enteric disease outbreak investigations.

2006-2016 EIS Officers’ Publications By Topic Cdc-pdf[PDF – 100 KB]

Olaniyi Olyinka, MBBS (EIS 13) surveying residents during an investigation of arsenic in drinking water: private wells - New Mexico

Olaniyi Olyinka, MBBS (EIS '13) surveying residents during an investigation of arsenic in drinking water: private wells - New Mexico.

Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens organizes food grain samples obtained during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Dr. Kevin Chatham-Stephens organizes food grain samples obtained during an investigation of liver disease in Tigray, Ethiopia.

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

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

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