CDC sponsors new fellowship in epidemiology

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 27, 2004

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started a one-year fellowship in epidemiology and biostatistics for medical students. The first eight started this month, and their curriculum will include field investigations of disease outbreaks and other public health threats alongside related classroom training and seminars.

Denise Koo, MD, MPH, director of CDC's Division of Applied Public Health Training, said, "Never before have medical students had the opportunity to receive this kind of in-depth, hands-on experience at CDC. ... Not only will it prepare them for potential careers in public health, but also it will give them a solid understanding of their role in the larger public health system, even if they choose to go into clinical medicine."

The fellowship program entitled "The CDC Experience," was funded by a $600,000 grant to the CDC Foundation from Pfizer Inc. and The Pfizer Foundation.

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