CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Programme for International Students in USA, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is inviting both home and international applicants to join Epidemic Intelligence Service programme in the USA. These services are related to the medical profession.The aim of the scholarships is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious disease, foodborne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens.

Course Level: These scholarships are available in practising applied epidemiology, EIS officers.

Study Subject: These scholarships are available in the field of medical science.

Scholarship Award: These scholarships will cover the followings:

  • S. citizens have two options
  • S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps
  • Civil service (under Title-42 Fellowships and Other Training Programs)
  • S. permanent residents are eligible only for civil service
  • Non-U.S. citizens must hold J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (J-1 visas)

Numbers of Scholarships: Not known

Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for the scholarship:

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

  • Degree, licensing, and experience requirements
  • Physicians (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS)
  • Must have completed your medical degree by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
  • Veterinarians (e.g., DVM, VMD)
  • Must have completed your veterinary degree by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice veterinary medicine by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Nurses (e.g., BSN, MSN)

  • Must have completed a minimum of a BSN by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice nursing by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods) in addition to your nursing degree, OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
  • Allied healthcare professionals (e.g., DDS, DMD, PA, PharmD)
  • Must have completed your clinical degree by the time of application.
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice your clinical specialty by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Doctoral-level scientists (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD)

  • Must defend your thesis or dissertation before March 31st of fellowship year
  • Qualifying degree must have background in public health or one of its related disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioural health, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or nutritional sciences)
  • Additional experience or equivalent degrees may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis via email to EIS@cdc.gov.

Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Permanent Residents

  • Because of the program’s domestic focus, a very limited number of non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents are selected each year. In addition to the eligibility criteria for each of the below professions, applicants must also:
  • Provide evidence of English-language proficiency by submitting one of the following:
  • TOEFL scores or exemption letter
  • Please refer to the EIS TOEFL Requirements [PDF – 2 pages] to determine which document is required
  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa under the Research Scholar category
  • If you are selected for EIS, CDC will sponsor the J-1 Visa
  • Not be a citizen of a country determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism (http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm)
  • Physicians (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS)
  • Must have completed your medical degree by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Veterinarians (e.g., DVM, VMD)

  • Must have completed your veterinary degree by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice veterinary medicine by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • An MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Nurses (e.g., BSN, MSN)

  • Must have completed a minimum of a BSN by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice nursing by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods) in addition to your nursing degree, OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences
  • Allied healthcare professionals (e.g., DDS, DMD, PA, PharmD)
  • Must have completed your clinical degree by the time of application, and
  • Must have an active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice your clinical speciality by the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to have by the time of application:
  • MPH or equivalent degree (e.g, MS, MSc, MHI, MHA, MHSA, MA, MPVM with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative methods), OR
  • At least one year of full-time public health work experience. Examples of relevant public health work experience include:
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at a local, state, or federal agency
  • 1 year of full-time public health-related work at an international governmental or non-governmental organization
  • 1 year of post-doctoral work in public health sciences

Doctoral-level scientists (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD)

  • Must defend your thesis or dissertation before March 31st of fellowship year
  • Qualifying degree must have background in public health or one of its related disciplines (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, health policy and services, behavioural health, environmental or occupational health, injury prevention, or nutritional sciences)

Nationality: Applicants from all nationalities can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous year degree.

English Language Requirement: TOEFL for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Permanent Residents.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via online mode.

  • Review eligibility.
  • Update your CV and have the following information ready for application prompts contact information; education; post-graduate training and skills; work and volunteer experience; publications, presentations, and grants; honours and awards.
  • Write your personal statement (in essay form) by answering these questions:
  • How will the EIS program complement your previous training and experience?
  • Understanding that there are different topical and geographical EIS assignments, in which would you prefer to work? Why?
  • What are your career plans after graduating from the EIS program? How will EIS help you achieve them?
  • What are your prior experiences, achievements, and special skills that will enable you to perform well as an EIS officer?
  • If you are reapplying, please answer: What has changed since your previous application to make you a more suitable candidate for EIS this year?
  • Identify four people to write letters of recommendation on your behalf, following the guidelines on the Supporting Materials
  • Obtain copies of transcripts for all earned degrees.
  • S. citizens and permanent residents must obtain a photocopy of their active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice a clinical speciality.
  • Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents must provide evidence of English-language proficiency. If you do not meet the exemption criteria[PDF – 2 pages], you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL).
  • Step 2: Submit your application and supporting materials by the deadline
  • Access the online application.
  • You may enter information in the online application before or at the same time as uploading supporting materials. Be sure to save your application doing these steps separately.
  • Enter your personal information, CV, and personal statement into appropriate sections of the online application form.
  • Enter email addresses for 4 people who will write letters of recommendation.
  • Confirm that recommendation writer receive the system-generated email.
  • The follow-up to ensure they submit their letters by the deadline.
  • Enter the required information for each college/university in order to upload unofficial transcripts.
  • If accepted into the EIS program, official transcripts must be mailed to CDC by January 31 of the fellowship year.
  • Upload a copy of your active, unrestricted, U.S. license to practice a clinical speciality, if applicable.
  • Upload TOEFL scores or exemption letter as proof of English-language proficiency, if applicable.
  • Submit your application after completing the online application and uploading all required materials. You will not be able to make changes after submitting your application except to update your contact information.
  • You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. You may also print a copy of your application for your records.
  • Refer to the Application Status tab to track your application.

Online application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

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