Unleash epidemiology's power to improve the public's health

In 2018, the CSTE Foundation (CSTEF) was established to address critical funding shortages at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and support their mission to develop, expand and diversify the epidemiology workforce.

Applied Epidemiologists at the state and local level are the public’s disease detectives. We rely on them to safeguard our health as they respond rapidly to emergencies such as COVID-19, anthrax, measles, Zika virus, West Nile virus, the opioid epidemic, gun violence, multi-state foodborne illnesses, and natural disasters.  Their work eliminates or limits disease transmission every day and prevents disease, disability, injury, and premature death.

Our goal is to save lives and improve the public’s health by strengthening the 1,700+ members of CSTE and their public health agencies. We believe education plus funding for new, developmental, and under-resourced efforts will have the benefit of:

  • Improving disease surveillance and epidemiologic practice
    through training and capacity development
  • Promoting effective use of data to guide public health practices,
    thus saving lives and limiting the spread of debilitating disease and death

CSTEF also supports epidemiologists by developing competency standards, training new and experienced professionals, introducing new areas of professional competence such as informatics, and expanding into emerging areas that include hospital-associated infections, substance abuse, violence, injury, diseases impacted by climate change and more. Current CSTEF development initiatives include:

Your individual donation – and your help with organization and corporate support is essential for urgent responses to public health emergencies.

85% of your donation directly supports critical programming needs.

CSTE has reopened the Class XIX Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) program to accept new applications for fellows beginning this summer.


AEF’s goal is to provide a high-quality, on-the-job training experience in applied epidemiology for recent graduates to prepare fellows for long-term career placement at the state and local level. Based on their interests and available positions, fellows are matched to a state or local health agency for two years under the guidance of two experienced mentors. During their assignment, fellows develop a set of core competency skills related to epidemiologic methods, communication skills, public health practice and policy.  Host sites are available across a variety of subject areas and locations.



When you think of influenza outbreaks, vaccination programs, and public health guidance, cautions and alerts, know that your state and local epidemiologists are your first line of defense and local expertise. Support them through your donations to CSTEF.