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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • In: Encyclopedia of Epidemiology
  • Edited by: Sarah Boslaugh
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Research Methods , Epidemiology & Biostatistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has two primary purposes: to improve people's health in their daily lives and to respond to health emergencies. CDC is the principal agency responsible for improving public health in the United States, and it conducts research and public health interventions both in the United States and globally. CDC headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, with a workforce of more than 8,000 employees in various locations throughout the world. As the name suggests, CDC consists of a number of centers that focus on particular aspects of public health. These include the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Center for Injury ...

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