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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Students involved in the Epi-elective program and CDC usually participate in a 6 week rotation in the area of their choice. While in the program students usually engage in the activities within their assigned area, but may be deployed to assist with an outbreak investigation. Within the Division of Food, Water and Environmental Diseases, Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, students learn about and participate in foodborne disease outbreak related activities.

Students who wish to do an epi-elective at CDC must complete an application through the epi-elective program office, which can be found on CDC's website.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

CDC employees approximately 100 veterinarians with careers ranging from BSL-4 laboratory research to epidemiology and communications. Most of the veterinarians at CDC have additional training, whether advanced degrees or board certification. Advanced training through a laboratory animal residency program is available.

Educational Resources

During their rotation students will have the opportunity to attend public health rounds and other continuting education activities on the CDC campus.


Students are expected to comply wtih CDC guidelines in terms of dress and conduct. Students will be fingerprinted upon arrival and provided a temporary photo id that must be worn while on campus. Most students work a 40 hour week with weekends and holidays off, however outbreaks and emergencies may increase hours worked.

Student Supervision

Students will have access to public health professionals (veterinarians, physicians, etc) while on campus.


A list of housing for rent is available for students. Many have friends or family in the area with whom they stay.

Practice Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
NE Atlanta, GA 30033

Ph: 404-639-4749


Updated: 05/04/10
Signature On File: Jennifer Wright, DVM, MPH

NE Atlanta, GA
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