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Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service

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Preparing epidemiologists for public health leadership positions in Florida

Current EIS Fellows

Florida EIS Alumni

Florida EIS Fellows in Action / Accomplishments

Head-quartered at the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee, Florida, the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service (FL-EIS) is a unique two-year, post-graduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the field of epidemiology. The program was founded in 2001 for health professionals who have a degree or experience in a field related to public health. Fellows are assigned to a county health department for two years and have opportunities to respond to various public health concerns throughout the state.


To prepare epidemiologists for public health leadership positions in Florida.


  • Provide experience in epidemiology and public health practice during placements with county health departments
  • Assist local health departments in emergency outbreak and other field epidemiologic investigation
  • Produce well trained public health epidemiologists for positions in Florida health departments


Each fellow is assigned to a preceptor who is a practising epidemiologist within a local health department. At the beginning of the year, the preceptor and fellow jointly develop a specific list of goals and objectives. Fellows will:

  • Perform descriptive and analytic epidemiology
  • Evaluate programs to determine their effectiveness
  • Investigate clusters of disease
  • Publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at professional meetings.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public, media, government officials, or other health professionals.

Locations of Positions

Current fellows are in the following counties: Hillsborough, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Palm Beach, and Sarasota.

Who Should Apply?

Persons with a master's or doctoral degree in a health related field (e.g. MPH, PhD, DrPH, MD, DVM) having taken at least one course in epidemiology and one course in (bio)statistics during graduate/professional school. The primary selection criteria are strong academic performance and recommendations, a demonstrated interest in and the ability to practice epidemiology in Florida public health agencies, and geographic flexibility to accept placement in any location in Florida.

The application process will be opened again in August, 2015. A previous application can be viewed: 2013 Fellows Application. Please check back periodically for updates.

Contact Information

Florida Department of Health
1217 N. Pearl St.

Jacksonville, FL 32202-3926

904) 791-1624
Attn: Florida EIS Program

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