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Regional Training Workshops

CDC Science Ambassador regional training workshops provide a unique opportunity for STEM teachers and other educators to practice using public health STEM lesson plans, learn strategies to bring epidemiology and public health concepts to their classrooms, and meet public health experts.

The training workshops include:

  • Hands-on sessions that walk-through STEM lesson plans on public health topics, including those featured in the CDC NERD Academy curriculum
  • Interactive discussions on how public health content can be used to create inquiry-based, transdisciplinary lessons and activities
  • Panels with CDC experts, state and local public health professionals, and university faculty and students from local public health programs

Public health topics covered during the workshops could include:

  • Applied epidemiology: Investigating an outbreak like a disease detective
  • Infectious disease: COVID-19, pandemic influenza, zoonotic disease
  • Global health: The global HIV epidemic
  • Population health: The opioid overdose epidemic and the obesity epidemic
  • Environmental Health: Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Public health careers: The paths to becoming a CDC disease detective


  • Current middle school (6–8 grade) or high school (9–12 grade) teachers
  • Current education leaders who hold a position in a U.S. school, district, or state (e.g., district curriculum coordinator, principal, department chair, STEM coordinator, state teachers association representative, afterschool program director)


Please refer to the table below to register for a 2024 regional training workshop. Registration will remain open for each session until filled.

2024 Workshops



Location Date and Time Registration Link
UW Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle, WA Thursday, August 15, 2024 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM local time to Friday, August 15, 2024 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM local time