California Epidemiologic Investigation Service Fellowship - Graduates - California Department of Public Health
What is Cal-EIS?
The California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) is a one- or two-year training program
for health professionals who have at least a master’s degree in a field related to public health.
The mission of Cal-EIS is to prepare epidemiologists for public health leadership positions in
What opportunities are available for Cal-EIS Fellows?
Beginning July 1, each Fellow is assigned to a Preceptor in a Program within the California
Department of Public Health (CDPH) or within a local health department. The specific opportunities
will depend in part upon the Preceptor and Program. Assignments may be available in fields such as
environmental health; infectious disease control; chronic disease prevention; injury and violence
prevention; maternal, child, and adolescent health; and others.
At the beginning of the year, each Preceptor and assigned Fellow jointly identify and develop
projects. Fellows perform activities and achieve competencies over a broad range of public
Previous fellows have performed descriptive and/or analytic epidemiologic studies, evaluated
programs to determine their effects on the incidence or severity of health problems, and
investigated disease clusters. Former Cal-EIS Fellows have studied problems ranging from the
relationship of air pollution and cardiovascular mortality to COVID-19 response.
If applicable, Cal-EIS Preceptors assist the Fellow in preparing the results of his or her
studies for publication.
Who should apply?
Applicants with an MPH or other advanced degree (e.g., MD/DO/MBBS, DDS, or DVM) in a health-
related field and at least one course in epidemiology and one course in biostatistics may apply.
Applicants without a degree in a health profession (e.g., MS, PhD) may also be eligible. The degree
can be in progress at the time of application but must be completed before beginning the
fellowship. The primary selection criteria are demonstrated interest in and ability to perform
public health/epidemiology in California.
Each Fellow will receive a stipend of approximately $45,000 per year.
The application is available online and must be emailed or postmarked by October 30, 2021 for the
July 2022 to June 2023 training year.
Supplemental documents (CV, statement of purpose, and official transcript(s)) must be emailed or
postmarked by October 30th. Signed letters of recommendation (3) should be emailed directly to the
email address listed below.
Have questions? Please contact:
Cal-EIS Program Coordinator California Department of Public Health Workforce Development Section
California Epidemiologic Investigation Service
P.O. Box 997377, MS 7208 Sacramento, CA 95899-7377 CAL_EIS@cdph.ca.gov