The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a unique fellowship program offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). EIS is a 2-year fellowship in applied epidemiology, and EIS Officers serve as the country’s front line workforce in investigating urgent outbreaks and major epidemics in the United States and around the world. EIS Officers spend approximately 6 weeks over the 2 years in a classroom setting, and the remaining core skills and knowledge are learned “on the job”. Officers can be assigned to a variety of CDC headquarters or state/territorial/local/tribal health departments through a modified match process. Positions are available in chronic disease, environmental health, injury prevention, emergency preparedness, communicable disease, global health and many other areas. A doctoral-level degree is required, and each 80-person class is composed primarily of MDs, PhDs, and DVMs (note: an MPH is not required). Training in Med-Peds is a great foundation for a career in public health!

Programs Offering Fellowship:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(Other CDC sponsored fellowships can be found at

Additional Contacts:
Bruce W. Furness, MD* (EIS 1998)
Anna-Binney McCague, MD (EIS 2012)
Sarah Kemble, MD (EIS 2010)
Mary-Margaret Fill, MD* (EIS 2015)