The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship in applied epidemiology for medical students. The program is designed to increase the pool of physicians with a population health perspective. Each year, eight competitively selected medical students from around the country spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. At CDC they gain an in-depth understanding of applied epidemiology, the role of epidemiology in medicine and health, and the role of physicians in the public health system. With the guidance of experienced CDC epidemiologists, they perform epidemiologic analyses and research, design public health interventions and assist in field investigations. Possible areas of concentration include birth defects, injury prevention, chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, reproductive health and minority health.

Career Benefits

This challenging fellowship provides multiple skill-building opportunities for physicians-in-training. CDC Experience fellows develop improved research and analytic thinking skills, receive coaching on written and oral scientific presentations, and gain an in-depth knowledge of epidemiology, preventive medicine and public health. Fellows will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired through The CDC Experience in their future careers to enhance their clinical work and their work within the larger health system. Graduates of The CDC Experience have the potential to become future physician leaders and substantially contribute to the quality of the health care system.

Fellowship Activities

  • Hands-on training and work experience at CDC (e.g., analytical epidemiology, surveillance)
  • Participation in field investigations, including travel to outbreak investigations
  • Orientation to CDC and didactic training
  • Monthly seminars
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service annual conference attendance
  • Written and oral scientific presentations of findings, including presentations at national conferences
  • Presentation of culminating project


 You are eligible to apply to The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship if you are:

  •  currently enrolled in an LCME- or AOA-accredited school of medicine at the time of application
  • a medical student who has completed your second or third year of medical school and has some clinical/clerkship experience
  • an U.S. citizen or permanent resident

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