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Public Health Career Spotlights

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Browse the collection of public health career spotlights featured across all curriculum modules. Each video and poster spotlight a public health career and describe what these public health professionals do, who they work with, where they work, what skills they use, and what qualifications they need.

  • Watch these videos with students to help bring the careers to life. Feel free to share the links with students and encourage them to watch with family and share with friends.
  • Download posters and display in the classroom or give as handouts for reference and discussion as students complete lesson plan activities.

To learn more about public health STEM careers at CDC, encourage students to visit See Yourself in a Public Health Career.


An epidemiologist, also known as a disease detective, investigates the causes of diseases, how diseases spread, and how they can be prevented or controlled.

male epidemiologist standing with hand on hips.

Epidemiologist Career Spotlight Poster

Learn what it takes to be an epidemiologist.

Use module 1 for students to experience the role of an epidemiologist.

Infection Prevention Specialist

An infection prevention specialist studies diseases and helps develop ways to detect, prevent, and control their spread.

Hear from Davina, a real CDC infection prevention specialist.

Woman epidemiologist standing with lab coat.

Infection Prevention Specialist Career Spotlight Poster

Learn what it takes to be an infection prevention specialist.

Use module 2 for students to experience the role of an infection prevention specialist.

Behavioral Scientist

A behavioral scientist studies why people behave the way they do and what factors influence their decisions and behaviors.

Hear from Laura, a real CDC behavioral scientist.

Behavioral Scientist standing holding folder in hand.

Behavioral Scientist Career Spotlight Poster

Learn what it takes to be a behavioral scientist.

Use module 3 for students to experience the role of a behavioral scientist.


A biostatistician looks at data collection methods and analyzes data to help answer health-related questions, using graphs and tables designed to make the data easier to understand. They also discuss limitations of analyses to prevent misconceptions about the data.

Woman biostatistician sitting a in wheel chair holding folder and pencil.

Learn what it takes to be a biostatistician.

Use module 4 for students to experience the role of a biostatistician.

Health Communication Specialist

A health communication specialist creates communication strategies, messages, and products to educate the public on health issues and recommendations. They translate technical information into messages and visuals that communicate culturally relevant, timely, and actionable information.

Hear from Federico, a real health communication specialist at CDC.

Male health communication specialist standing holding phone.

Health Communication Specialist Career Spotlight Poster

Learn what it takes to be a health communication specialist.

Use module 5 for students to experience the role of a health communication specialist.

Laboratory Scientist

A laboratory scientist uses laboratory equipment to analyze samples and substances. They perform laboratory testing and interpret results, and they might help develop and test new types of diagnostic and screening tests.

Hear from Rebekah, a real CDC laboratory scientist.

Woman laboratory scientist wearing googles, overcoat, and holding a vial.

Laboratory Scientist Career Spotlight Poster

Learn what it takes to be a laboratory scientist.

Use module 6 for students to experience the role of a laboratory scientist.

Public Health Nurse

A public health nurse plays a vital role in disease prevention and promoting community health and safety. They look at health trends and risk factors and work to improve access to health services. They also help design and implement health education campaigns and disease prevention activities.

Hear from Augustina, a real CDC nurse consultant.

Woman public health nurse standing holding board and pen.

Public Health Nurse Career Spotlight Poster

Learn what it takes to be a public health nurse.

Use module 7 for students to experience the role of a public health nurse.

Outbreak Team

During an outbreak investigation, public health experts work as a team. They each bring diverse backgrounds, specialized skills, and experiences that contribute to the overall goal of reducing the spread of disease.

Seven CDC STEM professionals introduce their careers and briefly describe what they do.

Outbreak response team

Outbreak Team Career Spotlight Poster

Learn about the diverse professionals involved in outbreak investigations.

Use module 8 for students to learn how public health experts work together to follow steps of an outbreak investigation and communicate their findings.