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Epidemic Intelligence Service - CDC's EIS Officer Program

Epidemic Intelligence Service

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.

EIS Opportunities at Tri-County Health
Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) is Colorado’s largest local health department, serving over 1.2 million residents in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in metropolitan Denver.

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.

Print Tri-County's EIS Program Brochure

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Tri-County has had two recent EIS officers, who have each had diverse career experiences during their appointment:

Tista Ghosh, MD, MPH
While an EIS Officer from 2004 to 2006, Dr. Ghosh (pictured below, right) conducted numerous outbreak investigations; designed an active influenza surveillance system; analyzed immunization assessments; and helped to design and evaluate a cardiovascular disease screening program.

Tista Ghosh, MD, pictured at right

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 tghosh@tchd.org.

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.




International Experiences
TCHD encourages EIS officers to seek out short-term international assignments during their appointment, if they are interested.

Polio eradication in  India

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
Richard L. Vogt, MD, (EIS 1977) is the primary supervisor for this position. He has more than 30 years of experience in public health and has mentored and trained ten EIS officers and three preventive medicine residents. He has authored or coauthored over 90 peer-reviewed publications.


Richard L. Vogt, MD

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.

You may contact him at 720-200-1535 or rvogt@tchd.org.

Related Tri-County Pages:
Annual Reports
Community Health Data
Disease Prevention and Control
Office Locations / Maps
Organizational Chart
Print Our EIS Program Brochure


Additional Links:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC - EIS Homepage
Colorado Tourism Board
Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
State of Colorado Government Website


Tri-County Health Department does not discriminate against job applicants, employees or clients on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by state law.