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Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP)

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Involved

Workforce Development Focus

Workforce Issues Addressed

Federal Department and Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Medical students

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Attracting and training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


The Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) is a CDC program that introduces medical and veterinary students to the fields of applied epidemiology and public health, with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of public health professionals. EEP students participate in 6- or 8-week rotations at CDC sites, federal sites, state, tribal, local or territorial health departments working in a wide range of public health topic areas such as chronic diseases, infectious diseases and environmental health. About 15 - 20 students participate in each of the four rotations per year, while also receiving a range of in-person and virtual training from public health experts. More than 2,100 students have completed EEP and more than 60% of graduates go on to careers in public health.

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