Three Department of Epidemiology alumna have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers, a group more commonly referred to as “disease detectives.” The 2-year postdoctoral training program provides rigorous on-the-job training and mentoring as they support field investigations in the U.S. and around the world.
Emily Mosites is part of the 2016 cohort, assigned to the Arctic Investigations Program based in Anchorage, Alaska. She conducts investigations of infectious diseases with a focus on reducing the burden of disease among Alaska Native people.
Gloria Chi is also part of the 2016 cohort, assigned to Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Department of Research and Evaluation in Pasadena, California. Her work involves using electronic health records to study lead testing in children, diabetes surveillance in youth, and acute myocardial infarction trends by race/ethnicity.
Leora Feldstein was accepted to the program in November and will go through a matching process in the spring to be placed in a specific assignment.
EIS officers support more than 100 field assignments each year. They are often the first line of defense for public health emergencies, from infectious diseases outbreaks to natural and environmental disasters.
“This is my dream job,” Mosites says. “It’s a challenge certainly, but its impact can be felt among an entire community of people.”
The program is highly competitive, selecting only 70-80 officers from among hundreds of physicians, scientists, veterinarians, and other health professionals.