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The PMR/F programs seek qualified Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers or EIS alumni at CDC/ATSDR interested in preventive medicine and population health and committed to public service.

All applicants must:

  • Commit to the full-time program (2 years for residency and 1 year for fellowship)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a current EIS officer or EIS alumnus at CDC/ATSDR
  • Meet the professional and licensing requirements
  • Be willing to relocate


Residency Requirements

Preventive Medicine Residency

Two-year program for licensed Commissioned Corps physicians without an MPH.

Applicants must:

  • Have a MD, DO, or MBBS
  • Not have an MPH or equivalent degree
  • Be a Commissioned Corps officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) at the time of application
  • Have MPH support offered through an extramural, long-term training USPHS option
  • Have at least 6 months of direct patient care comprising ambulatory and inpatient experience per 12 months of training
  • Have completed postgraduate training accredited by one of the following:
    • ACGME
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Hold a current, full, and unrestricted U.S. or Canadian medical license

In addition, physicians must commit to:

  • Serving an additional 2 years in the USPHS Commissioned Corps following the residency
  • Completing an MPH program selected by the residency (in discussion with the candidate)


Fellowship Requirements

Preventive Medicine Fellowship

One-year program for clinicians with an MPH or equivalent degree.

Applicants must:

  • Be a clinician
    • Physician ineligible for the residency
    • Veterinarian
    • Dentist
    • Registered nurse
    • Physician assistant
  • Have an MPH or equivalent degree
  • Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license from a U.S. or Canadian licensing jurisdiction



Residents and fellows must attend orientation in Atlanta and may be required to relocate for their assignments.

Generally individuals with prior experience at a state or local health department are often assigned to a CDC location and those with prior experience at the federal level could be assigned to a state or local health department.

However, individuals may be assigned to new categories of host sites (e.g., health care facilities, community health organizations), regardless of where they served as an EIS officer.