Job Overview


What exciting career opportunities await you at CDC?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

Who May Apply: Open to US citizens and applicants eligible under Schedule A authority.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-M3-14-1125214 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is located in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch (QBHSB), Newark, NJ.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


As a Public Health Advisor you will:

  • Plan and implement a program for preventing the importation of communicable diseases from abroad and spread of these diseases domestically.
  • Design a program for preventing the introduction and spread of communicable disease by analyzing disease trends, existing prevention practices, emergency response needs and protocols, and bioterrorist activity.
  • Assesse the need for personnel, facilities, supplies and materials, stimulating the appropriation of fiscal support, preparing a program plan, and providing ongoing advice and assistance across organizational and jurisdictional lines to ensure consistent and effective program implementation.
  •  Monitor disease trends and consults with senior public health officials to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent the introduction/spread of communicable diseases by travelers, etiologic agents or vectors.
  • Provide technical assistance, consultation and guidance to national, state and/or local agencies; health organizations; federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; airport and seaport activities; hospital networks, and other private entities regarding the development, extension and improvement of public health preparedness and response programs.
  • Conduct active and passive surveillance of passengers, crew and cargo on public conveyances for indications of communicable diseases.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic 10%

Relocation Authorized

  • No