Epidemiology Clerkship & Externship Opportunities

Institution Unit & Location Comments
Centers for Disease Control Epidemiology Branch
Atlanta, GA
Epidemiology in a variety of problem areas (can ask for a specific area, e.g. virus diseases). Requires approval by CDC minimum 6 weeks. No applications accepted from May to Sep. May need a valid Passport and Vaccination records.
USDA, APHIS Centers for Epidemiology & Animal Health (CEAH)
Fort Collins, CO
The externships at CEAH require at least 3-4 weeks.
Students selected for externships at CEAH will participate in various stages of studies, research and special projects utilizing specialized data systems and tools. The student may also develop reports. CEAH is comprised of the following centers:
The Center for Emerging Issues (CEI) identifies and analyzes both emerging animal health issues and emerging market conditions for animal products. CEI’s work on emerging animal health issues keeps key agency and industry decision makers and interested members of the public informed regarding health issues that may impact the United States. CEI’s work on emerging market conditions serves to inform decision makers on how to better align APHIS products and services to best meet the needs of the public. CEI performs these roles by applying a multidisciplinary approach drawing on the experience of its team of veterinarians, economists, policy analysts, statisticians, and epidemiologists.
The Center for Animal Disease Information and Analysis (CADIA) serves Veterinary Services (VS) by developing, implementing, supporting and utilizing information technology tools for the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of information that is critical to VS programs and other APHIS initiatives. CADIA provides leadership in the areas of information systems, technology for collecting data in non-office environments, managerial and epidemiologic reporting, risk analysis methodologies, and computer-based modeling of animal disease. The Risk Analysis Team (RAT) within CADIA contributes to and utilizes the VS information technologies and data from external sources to develop and apply risk analysis approaches and computer-based models to support regulatory and strategic decision-making for animal health.
The National Surveillance Unit (NSU) is the coordinating entity for activities related to U.S. animal health surveillance. The NSU develops and enhances animal health surveillance through evaluation, design, analysis, prioritization, and integration. NSU projects focus on (1) coordination and integration of surveillance information, (2) surveillance planning and design, (3) data analysis and dissemination of results, (4) evaluation of surveillance programs, and (5) prioritizing surveillance activities.
The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Program Unit conducts national livestock and poultry health studies. The USDA initiated the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) in 1983 to collect, analyze, and disseminate information for decision makers. Studies are designed to fill information gaps concerning animal health, animal production, animal welfare, product wholesomeness and the environment.
For further information about this externship please contact Dr. Linda Detwiler at LAVet22@aol.com or 732-580-9391.
Virginia Department of Health Division of Epidemiology
Richmond, VA
Epidemiology with the emphasis on disease problems affecting Virginia; possibly some field work (based on ongoing situations).

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