Applications are now being accepted for CDC's July 2010–June 2011 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. EIS is a 2-year, postgraduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. Each year, EIS selects approximately 90 persons from applicants around the world and provides them with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in epidemiology at CDC or at state or local health departments. EIS officers, often called CDC's “disease detectives,” have gone on to occupy leadership positions at CDC and other public health agencies nationally and internationally. However, the experience also is useful for health professionals who want to gain a population health perspective.
Persons with a strong interest in applied epidemiology who meet at least one of the following qualifications may apply to EIS:
• physicians with at least 1 year of clinical training;
• persons with a PhD, DrPH, or other doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, social or behavioral sciences, natural sciences, or nutrition sciences;
• dentists, physician assistants, or nurses with an MPH or equivalent degree; or
• veterinarians with an MPH or equivalent degree or relevant public health experience.
Information regarding the new EIS online application and program details is available at http://www.cdc.gov/eis/applynow.html; by telephone (404-498-6110); or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Notice to Readers: Epidemic Intelligence Service Application Deadline—September 15, 2009. JAMA. 2009;302(9):940. doi: