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Workforce: Capacity Assessments

Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECAs)
CSTE spearheaded a national epidemiology workforce assessment effort in 1995 and compiled a guide to aid states in assessment their epidemiologic capacity. CSTE followed up this effort in 1997 with an assessment piloted in 10 states and in 2001 with the first Epidemiology Capacity Assessment. The ECA was the first national assessment of core epidemiology capacity in state and territorial health departments and a benchmark prior to distribution of approximately $1 billion in federal funding annually to states for emergency preparedness. CSTE administered additional ECAs in 2004, 2006, and 2009. CSTE conducted an epidemiology enumeration assessment in 2010 to determine the epidemiology workforce in state and local health departments. Future ECAs will attempt to continue capturing information about workforce capacity.

When counting epidemiologists for the 2013 ECA, please follow CSTE's definition of an epidemiologist.


Newest ECA Reports
CSTE is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Epidemiology Capacity Assessment (ECA) core report! The 2013 ECA report represents the most complete and comprehensive national data on epidemiology workforce needs. Data from the most recent assessment have already been shared as Congressional hearing testimony in support of greater targeted funding for capacity development. Your health department will benefit from the report’s insightful recommendations to address capacity gaps. We hope that the 2013 ECA results will help illuminate the status of state epidemiology efforts and assist our member states with targeting improvements in epidemiology capacity within their health departments.

2013 Assessments
Core Assessment
Individual Capacity Assessment
Environmental Health Epidemiologic Capacity Module
Chronic Disease Epidemiologic Capacity Assessment
Maternal and Child Health Module
Oral Health Epidemiology Module
Additional epidemiology capacity resources:
  • Boulton ML, Lemmings J, Beck AJ. Assessment of epidemiology capacity in state health departments, 2001-2006. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009;15(4): 328-36.
  • Boulton ML, Hadler J, Beck AJ, Ferland L, Lichtveld M. Assessment of epidemiology capacity in state health departments, 2004-2009. Public Health Reports, 2011; 126(1): 84-93.
  • Beck AJ, Boulton ML, Lemmings J, Clayton J. Challenges to recruitment and retention of the state health department epidemiology workforce. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2012; 42(1): 76-80.
For more information about the Epidemiology Capacity Assessments, please contact Meredith Lichtenstein. Click here to view other workforce activities.
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