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North Texas: Alumna Chosen for CDC’s ‘Top Gun’ Disease Detective Service

For decades, the image of worn out shoe leather with a prominent hole in the bottom has served as a visual representation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) disease detectives who travel the world investigating outbreaks that threaten the public’s health.

These officers have been globally recognized as the CDC’s “boots on the ground” epidemiologists for 65 years and counting, stepping up at a moment’s notice to tackle public health threats like polio, smallpox, Ebola, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the Zika virus, Legionnaires’ disease, HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome), E. coli and anthrax bioterrorism, all to help save lives and protect people.

Being chosen for this very competitive post-graduate fellowship program is a high honor.

Although only a small handful are selected, hundreds of scientists, healthcare and public health professionals apply annually for this two-year, hands-on opportunity to work under the mentorship of experienced epidemiologists at the CDC and partnering agencies.

This year, Dr. Amy Board, an alumna of the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health is among 66 individuals selected for the new CDC EIS Class of 2019.

Dr. Board is assigned to CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Overdose Prevention, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. Her home base will be in Atlanta.

“The EIS program offers a unique combination of on-the-job learning and service. I had the double excitement of first being accepted and then finding out that I would be spending the next two years further developing my epidemiology skills through a subject area I’m particularly interested in learning more about,” she said. “I couldn’t have been more thrilled for this opportunity.”

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