The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a unique 2-year post-graduate training program of service and on-the-job learning for health professionals interested in the practice of applied epidemiology.
Since 1951, over 3,000 EIS officers have responded to requests for epidemiologic assistance within the United States and throughout the world. EIS officers are on the public health frontlines, conducting epidemiologic investigations, research, and public health surveillance both nationally and internationally.
Degree and Licensing Requirements
- Physicians (MD, DO, MBBS, etc.)
Must have at least one year of clinical training. U.S citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
- Doctoral-level Scientists (PhD, DrPH, ScD, etc.)
Doctoral level scientists with backgrounds in
- Health informatics and related fields
- Social or behavioral sciences, natural sciences, or nutrition sciences
- Other relevant health science
- Medical Professionals (DDS, BSN, MSN, PA, PharmD)
Dentists, nurses, physician assistants, doctor of pharmacy, must have a master of public health (MPH) or equivalent degree. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
- Veterinarians (DVM, VMD, etc.)
Must have either a MPH (or equivalent degree), or relevant public health experience. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice their clinical specialty.
Non-U.S. Citizens Applying for EIS
Non-U.S. citizens meeting the above degree requirements are eligible to apply. Because of the domestic nature of the program, only a limited number of non-U.S. citizens are selected.
- Non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for J-1 status prior to the program’s start date. If selected for EIS, CDC will sponsor the J1 visa.
- Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State Sponsors of Terrorism will not be able to get security clearance to work at CDC and should not apply to the EIS Program. Countries currently on this list include: Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Sudan.