Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service
Contact the Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Mission: To prepare epidemiologists for public health leadership positions in Florida.
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.
- Goals and Opportunities
- Application Information
- Current EIS Fellows
- EIS Alumni
- Florida EIS Accomplishments
- 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.
The application process is currently closed and is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2017. Please check back periodically for updates.
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.
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Graduate Degree: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Undergraduate Degree: Chittagong Medical College, Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Assigned to: Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County
Mentors: Katherine A. Beedie, CEHP and Karen A. Chapman, MD, MPH
“The Florida EIS Program will serve as the perfect training field to offer and prepare me with the desired skill set for public health research and leadership, and community outreach program management to reach my career goals and to be successful in those areas of epidemiology.”
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Graduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhDc (Epidemiology); Florida International University, MPH (Epidemiology)
Undergraduate Degree: Florida Atlantic University, BS (Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Biotechnology)
Assigned to: Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County
Mentors: Guoyan Zhang, MD, MPH and Reynald Jean, MD, MPH
“During my post-doctoral training, I would like to expand and build on the epidemiological methods I have implemented in my previous work and explore applied epidemiology techniques in a health department setting. The opportunities available through the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship, to collaborate with epidemiologists in the field, obtain training in various epidemiology methods, and work on a wide range of large scale studies, will provide the ideal platform to launch a successful career in epidemiology.”
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Graduate Degree: Emory University, MPH (Environmental Health)
Undergraduate Degree: Emory University, BA (Environmental Studies)
Assigned to: Florida Department of Health in Duval County
Mentors: Saad Zaheer, MD, MPH, MSPH, FACE
“I enjoy the versatility of public health work; conducting statistical analyses and in-person interviews in the community. I also admire the ability of county epidemiologists to train in a broad scope of topics and to quickly assess and address health needs in the local community. Through the Florida EIS program, I also strive to gain acute analytical and communication skills as they are vital in accelerating the field of public health. I have the opportunity to learn best practice disease monitoring and investigation techniques from current epidemiologists and look forward to professional and personal growth over the next two years.”
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Graduate Degree: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, MPH (Environmental Epidemiology)
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University, BA (Biology and Classical Civilizations)
Assigned to: Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County
Mentors: JoAnne Lamb, MPH and Gayle Guidash, REHS, MPH
“With experience in investigative epidemiology from this fellowship, my aspirations will involve investigating disease outbreaks, as well as conducting field research that is designed to implement preventative strategies and intervention programs aimed at mitigating water contamination in communities around the globe. The FL EIS Fellowship Program will facilitate in accomplishing these plans through invaluable experiences gained by acquiring the epidemiological skills and knowledge needed to assess outbreak cases and implement measures of prevention.”
Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
Graduate Degree: University of Cape Town, MPH (Epidemiology)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida, BA (Journalism)
Assigned to: Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County
Mentors: Karen Thomas, MD, MPH and Robert Parkes, MD, MPH
“I hope to gain greater experience working on higher level issues in public health through this fellowship. As an EIS, I have an amazing opportunity to focus on surveillance and other macro-level matters that I might not have the time for in another position. This is not, however, at the expense of client contact. I still conduct in depth case investigations and outbreak management every day. Having the chance to work on these two ends of the public health spectrum in the same fellowship makes me love my job.”
Hometown: Oviedo, Florida
Graduate Degree: University of South Florida, MPH (Epidemiology and Global Communicable Diseases)
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida, BS (Public Health)
Assigned to: Florida Department of Health in Orange County
Mentors: Benjamin Klekamp, MSPH, CPH, CIC
“Being an epidemiologist in the state of Florida will be rewarding due to the constant potential of emerging infectious disease because of tourism, travel, climate, and globalization. In addition to my international and laboratory experience, I am certain that the Florida EIS Program will provide me a strong foundation in epidemiology. The program and its mentorship will foster my career plans by expanding my knowledge in the public health field by providing me with the experience needed to become a successful epidemiologist.”
Class of 2015: Erika Cathey, Charlie Clark, Diana Connor, Eboni Crawford, Toni Hudson and Meri Phillips
Class of 2013: Alazandria Cruze, Michelle George, Ben Klekamp, Jennifer Roth and Vincy Samuel
Class of 2011: Amber Barnes, Michael Drennon, Jessica Fung, Pamela Mann, Holly Montejano, Tara Richardson, JoAnne Tellado and Lea Wansbrough
Class of 2009: Taj Azarian, Paco Castellon, Catherine Kroll, Sericea Smith and Raquel Stephenson
Class of 2008: Karen Alelis, Leah Eisenstein, Kimberly Fraser, Rebecca Lazensky, Anita Lewis, Kateesha McConnell and Erin O'Connell
Class of 2007: Aaron Kite Powell, Nicole Basta, Sharlene Traynor, Sharlene Emmanuel and Patricia Ragan
Class of 2006: Andre Ourso, Aimee Pragle, Dawn Ginzl, Maria Bonafonte, Kelly Grainger, Rodlescia Sneed and Maria Donnelly
Class of 2005: Robyn Kay, Matthew Laider, Janet Hamilton, Jose Lojo and Kendra Johnson
Class of 2004: David Atrubin, Jerne Shapiro, Edhelene Rico, Meghan Weems, Carmela Mancini and Michael Lo
The American College of Preventive Medicine Position Statement on Hepatitis C Virus Infection. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016: 50(3), 419-426. Authors: Allison, R.D., Hale, S.A., Harvey, B.J., Hudson, T.L., et.al.
International Society for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference: December 2016 - Analysis of Daily Enhanced Syndromic Surveillance in Hillsborough County, Florida, 2015. Poster presenter: Charles Clark
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes From the Field: Large Tuberculosis Contact Investigation Involving Two Hospitals — Okaloosa County, Florida, 2014. MMWR 2016; 65(47), 1349-1350. Authors: Cathey, EF, Matthias, J, et al.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes From the Field: Pediatric Death from Meningococcal Disease in a Family of Romani Travelers — Sarasota, Florida, 2015. MMWR 2016; 65(37), 1017. Authors: Crawford, E, Drennon, M, & Winston, T.
Sustained Transmission of Pertussis in Vaccinated, 1–5-Year-Old Children in a Preschool, Florida, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases February 2016 22(2), 242-246. Authors: Matthias, J., Pritchard, P.S., Martin, S.W., Dusek, C., Cathey, E., et.al.
Epi Update Issue 1 2016: Investigation of Pesticide Poisoning Among Farmworkers, Palm Beach County. Authors: Mulay, P., Tovar-Aguilar, A., & Connor, D.
Florida Grand Rounds: March 2016 - Measles Response in St. Lucie County, April 2015. Presenter: Charles Clark
Florida Grand Rounds: February 2016 - Southwest Florida CRE Collaborative: Post-Collaborative Assessment & Data Review. Presenter: Eboni Crawford
NACCHO Annual 2016: July 2016 - Innovations in STD Client Notification. Presenter: Diana Connor
Health Professionals Division Research Day at NOVA Southeastern University: February 2016 - Private Reporting Option Through Coded Text Messages (PROTEXT). Presenter: Diana Connor
Florida Grand Rounds: January 2016 - PROTEXT: Private Reporting Option of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Laboratory Results Through Coded TEXT Messages. Presenter: Diana Connor
Florida Department of Health 2016 Statewide Epidemiology Training: June 2016 - Heroin-Related Morbidity Surveillance Using ESSENCE-FL Orange County, Florida 2010 – 2014. Presenter: Toni Hudson
CSTE Annual Conference: March 2016 - The Contribution of Local Public Health to Heroin Surveillance in Orange County, Florida. Presenters: Ben Klekamp, Toni Hudson, Sarah Matthews
Epi Update Issue 3 2015: Differences in Influenza-Like Illness Data Collection and Reporting Between County Health Departments in Florida. Authors: Cathey, E., Rendon, A., May, S., McCombs, K., Rubino, H., & Chapman, K.
Epi Update Issue 3 2015: Analysis of a Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak in Two Childcare Facilities in Hillsborough County, Florida, 2014. Author: Clark, C.R.
Epi Update Issue 2 2015: Respiratory Illness Outbreak in an Assisted Living Facility, Orange County, Florida. Author: Hudson, T.
Florida Grand Rounds: August 2015 - Legionellosis Outbreak at a Nursing Home, Orange County, Florida 2014. Presenter: Toni Hudson
Global Florida 2015 Epidemiology Training: June 2015 - Emerging Infectious Diseases. Panelists: Toni Hudson, German Gonzalez, Jon Teter, & Danielle Stanek
University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute Epi Research Day Conference: February 2015 - First Confirmed Case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Florida, Orange County, Florida, May 2014. Poster presenter: Toni Hudson
Epi Update Issue 3 2015: Quality Assurance Assessment of West Nile Virus Illness Reporting Gaps in Merlin Through the Examination of Cause of Death Data in Vital Statistics. Authors: Phillips, M. & Geib, K.
National Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference and Exhibition: July 2015 - Comprehensive Review of Vibrio vulnificus infections in Florida, 2004 – 2013. Poster presenter: Erika Cathey
Global Florida 2015 Epidemiology Training: June 2015 - Public Health Investigations - Lessons Learned From the Field. Panelists: David Chmiel, Rehme, P., Crawford, E., Nicholson, G., Harder, T., & Harter, C.
CSTE Annual Conference: June 2015 - Emergence of Locally Acquired Chikungunya in Florida. Poster presenter: Diana Connor
Florida Department of Health Statewide Epidemiology Conference: May 2015 - Delayed Mortality Among Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) Illness in Florida, 1999–2013. Poster presenter: Meri Phillips
Florida Grand Rounds: April 2015 - Delayed Mortality Among Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) Illness in Florida, 1999–2012. Presenter: Meri Phillips
University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute Epi Research Day Conference: February 2015 - Quality Assurance Assessment of West Nile Virus Illness Reporting Gaps in Merlin Through the Examination of Cause of Death Data in Vital Statistics. Poster Presenter: Meri Phillips
International Society for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference: December 2015 - Analysis of ED and UCC Visits Related to Synthetic Marijuana in ESSENCE-FL, 2010-2015. Poster presenter: Michael Wiese & Charles Clark
Healthiest Weight: A Life Course Approach, Summer 2014 Toni Hudson, MSPH
Florida Grand Rounds: December 2014 - Managing Data Using Epi Info™ 7 for a Large Tuberculosis Contact Investigation. Presenter: Erika Cathey
University of Northwest Florida 7th Annual Mattie Kelly Environmental Symposium, October 2014 - Comprehensive Review of Vibrio vulnificus infections in Florida, 2004 - 2013. Poster presenter: Erika Cathey
South Florida GIS Expo, October 2014 - Tracking the Emergence of Locally Acquired Chikungunya Fever in Palm Beach County, Florida with GIS. Presenter: Diana Connor
Measles Outbreak in an Unvaccinated Family and a Possibly Associated International Traveler-Orange County, Florida, December 2012-January 2013. MMWR. September 12, 2014 / 63(36);781-784, Slade TA, Klekamp BG, et al.
Frequency and erroneous usage of temporary medical exemptions and knowledge of immunization guidelines among some Miami-Dade County Florida providers, June 14, 2014. Cruze, A, Zhang, G, Thomas, L, Alonso, J, Sandoval
Sherin K, Klekamp B, Beal J, Martin N. What Is New in HIV Infection? American Family Physician, 2014; 89(4)
Florida Grand Rounds: March 2013 - Mystery Illness on the Savanna, Presenter: Ben KleKamp, MSP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes from the Field:Strongyloides Infection Among Patients at a Long-Term Care Facility- Florida, 2010-2012, MMWR 2013;62:844
Florida Grand Rounds: July 2013 - Shigella flexneri Associated with MSM & HIV, Presenter: Vincy Samuel, MPH
Florida Grand Rounds: September 2013 - Outbreak of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumona Infection in an Acute Care Hospital, Presenter: Jennifer Roth, MPH
Council for State and territorial Epidemioloigst Annual Conference, June 2012: Delayed Mortality among cases of Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile Virus illness in Florida, 1999-2011, Michelle George, MPH.
Gastrointestinal illness among correctional facility inmates, Lake City, Florida, May 2012 FEHA article, Ben Klekamp, MSPH.
Florida Grand Rounds: October 30, 2012 - Immunization Guideline Knowledge and Practice Amont Selected Health Care Providers in Miami-Dade County. Presenters: Alazandria Cruze, MPH, CPH and Lakisha Thomas, MPH.
Notes from the Field: Tuberculosis Cluster Associated with Homelessness-Duval County, Florida, 2004-2012
Epi Update Issue September 2012: Summary of Scabies Outbreak, Seminole County, August 2011 - July 2012, Michelle George, MPH.
Epi Update Issue November 2011: Investigation of a Cluster of Illnesses Initially Attributed to a Chemical Exposure, Seminole County, August 2011, Michelle George, MPH
2009 Epidemiology Annual Report: A Summary of Reportable Diseases in Seminole County
2007 Seminole County Health Department Annual Epidemiology Morbidity Report
Infection control breakdown in a pain management facility: An outbreak of invasive S. aureus infections associated with misused single dose vials and other breaches in infection control (APHA, Oct 2008)
Grand Rounds on 2004-2005 Florida Hurricane Mortality
Grand Rounds Presentation on Influenza Surveillance
Rapid Community Health and Needs Assessments Following Hurricane Wilma: Broward and Hendry Counties
Salmonella Meningitis: Possible Association with Turtle
Salmonellosis in Collier County: A Geographic Analysis of Rates
Legionella Outbreak Investigation Associated with Hotel
Leptospirosis Outbreak Among Participants of Adventure Race
MRSA in a Maternity and Delivery Ward at a Volusia County Hospital
Grand Rounds Presentation on Dengue Fever Investigation
Suspect Tularemia Case from Wild Rabbit in Pinellas County
Grand Round Presentation on Pertussis Outbreak During Hurricane Response
Outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Three Florida Petting Zoos
Outbreak of Hepatitis B Among Patients Receiving Chelation Therapy in Miami-Dade County
Influenza-like Illness Outbreak at a Long-term Care Facility,Volusia County, Florida, February 2005: Guidelines for Prevention and Control
Outbreak of Norovirus Gastroenteritis
Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health
Norovirus Outbreak at a Miami-Dade County University
Grand Rounds Presentation on MRSA
Home Sheltering During Hurricane Ivan: Risk Factors for Exposure to Probable Case of Meningococcal Disease
An Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Gastroenteritis in a Stockade Facility, West Palm Beach, Florida
Vibrio vulnificus infections in Florida
SARS and Avian Influenza Update
UV Exposure from Mercury Vapor Lamp
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Grand Rounds Presentation on Drug-Resistant Salmonella
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Escambia County Jail
Multifocal Autochthonous Transmission of Malaria - Florida, 2003, MMWR. 53(19);412-413.
Grand Rounds Presentation on Hepatitis A Analysis
Chickenpox Diagnosed at Duval County Shelter
A Spatial Analysis of the Leading Causes of Childhood Morbidity in Florida
Polk County Experiences Outbreaks of Illness Associated With Exposure to Lake Water
Inspiratory stridor in female students at a high school in Tampa, Florida
Influenza Investigation at Sarasota Facility Finds Vaccination Rate an Issue
White Powder Investigation at Duval County Postal Facility Yields Training Opportunity
Outbreak of Scombroid/Histamine Poisoning From Consumption of Marlin Spoils Film Crew Visit
Grand Rounds Presentation on a Review of Adverse Events Related to Smallpox Vaccinations in Florida
Locally Acquired Malaria "Probable" in Palm Beach County
Vibrio Outbreak Discovered in Duval County
Viral Meningitis Outbreak Investigated in Alachua County
Shigellosis Outbreak Hits South Florida Day Care Center
Investigation of Blood Transfusion-Associated West Nile Virus Infection
Chickenpox Outbreak in a Hillsborough County Elementary School
Hepatitis A Outbreak In An Elementary School
Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Associated With Skin Abscesses
Salmonella group C2 Outbreak in a Restaurant- Gainesville, Florida
Norwalk Virus Outbreak in a Hendry County Nursing Home, April 2002
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Outbreak Associated With Injections at a Podiatry Clinic