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Epidemic Intelligence Service - CDC's EIS Officer Program
Run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a unique two-year, post-graduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology.
Every year, CDC's EIS Program selects 70 to 80 individuals from among the nation's top health professionals to enter the program and pursue on-the-job training in applied epidemiologic skills.
at Tri-County Health
The agency currently employs three former EIS officers.
This particular EIS position is unique in that it offers exposure to a wide variety of public health topics, depending on the EIS Officer’s interests. These areas include outbreak investigations, emergency preparedness, environmental/occupational health-related assessments, immunizations, maternal/child health, and chronic disease prevention.
Tri-County has had two recent EIS officers, who have each had diverse career experiences during their appointment:
Tista Ghosh, MD, MPH
She also led the agency’s intake, surveillance and assessment activities related to Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Her work as an EIS officer and supervisor has led to nine peer-reviewed articles as an author or co-author and MMWR articles.
After her EIS appointment, Dr. Ghosh decided to stay with Tri-County Health Department, and now acts as a secondary supervisor to the current EIS Officer.
You may contact her at 720-200-1534 or email@example.com.
Other former EIS officers at Tri-County
Jen Brown, DVM, MPH, (EIS 2003) joined Tri-County Health in 2008, and serves as both Tri-County’s Public Health Veterinarian and a Disease Intervention Specialist. She offers expertise in veterinary diseases and infectious disease surveillance, and was instrumental in creating Colorado's rabies vaccination campaign.
Dr. Tegan Boehmer, PhD, MPH, (EIS 2006) worked on several outbreak
investigations while at Tri-County: a comparative analysis of hospital discharge data with
Colorado’s notifiable disease surveillance
system; occupational health-related investigations; GIS mapping of positive
animals in a plague surveillance system; and analyses of BRFSS data.
She had the opportunity to author three peer-reviewed scientific papers,
along with an MMWR article. She is currently working at the CDC.
Dr. Ghosh (above) spent six weeks working on
polio eradication in India, and Dr. Boehmer spent a month working on
an Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
EIS Officer Supervision
He has worked as the state epidemiologist for Vermont and Hawaii; as
a World Health Organization consultant for polio in Egypt; and is now
the Executive Director for TCHD. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, and won the 2008 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists “Pump
Handle Award” for lifetime achievement in applied epidemiology.