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CDC Disease Detective Camp

Two sessions of the Disease Detective Camp will be held in the summer of 2008:
Session 1 July 7-11
Session 2 July 21-25
Applications will be available online December 15, 2007.

Victor Lesniewski

June 2006 camper Victor Lesniewski prepares his pipette for a pulse field gel electrophoresis lab.

Farish Jerman (middle student) Mariana-Marcuse Gonzalez (far right) and Ting Gou (far left)

An experience to remember "I came to this program with only basic knowledge of the CDC's work… I left with new friends from all over the country and knowing that I want to pursue this as a career." Farish Jerman (middle), 2006 July participant. Farish is pictured here with her outbreak investigation team members, Mariana-Marcuse Gonzalez (left) and Ting Gou (right).

Alex Foster (far left)  Maheen Shermohammed (right) Scott Dove (center)

Alex Foster (left) and Maheen Shermohammed (right) look on as fellow camper Scott Dove (center) makes a statement during the Mock Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever outbreak press conference.


Teens Get a Peek into Public Health Careers

The CDC Disease Detective Camp is an academic public health day camp held at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors.
Students interested in working in a team environment with other motivated students are encouraged to apply!

Over the course of five days, campers will take on the role of disease detectives and learn first-hand how the CDC safeguards the nation’s health. Teams will probe a disease outbreak using epidemiologic and laboratory skills and report their findings to a group of CDC scientists.

Activities may include short lectures by CDC experts, a mock press conference in the CDC press room, and a look behind the scenes of CDC.

Interested? Look at the sample schedule of activities and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Sample Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions



June 2007 Campers Polina Shvidkaya and Megan Twomey look on as Aerin DeJarnette places the cover on the team’s gel chamber during the camp's lab experience.

July 2007 campers engage in a mock press conference.


July 2006 CDC Disease Detective Camp participants
July 2006 CDC Disease Detective Camp participants



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