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HHS and its agencies provide a global workforce through a variety of roles. Scientists and healthcare and human services professionals are on the front lines of global health by living and working in critical sites around the world.


Anthropology and Africa connect at the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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Denise, an anthropologist with the CDC, responds to an Ebola outbreak in Nov. 2014.

Denise is an anthropologist who has been working at CDC since 2001. From 2001-2003 Denise was an Epidemic Intelligence Surveillance (EIS) officer in the Division of Reproductive Health. Since graduating from the 2-year EIS program, Denise has worked as a behavioral scientist in the Division of HIV/AIDS (2003-2007), the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (2007-2015), and, more recently, the Division of Global Health Protection (2015 to present). 

“My experience as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Gabon was invaluable in that it had a direct impact on my career choice to become a cultural anthropologist working in public health.” - Denise, CDC Anthropologist 

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