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About CSTE

CSTE works to advance public health policy and epidemiologic capacity. We also provide information, education, and developmental support of practicing epidemiologists in a wide range of areas as well as expertise for program and surveillance efforts.

CSTE is an organization of member states and territories representing public health epidemiologists. CSTE works to establish more effective relationships among state and other health agencies. It also provides technical advice and assistance to partner organizations and to federal public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CSTE members have surveillance and epidemiology expertise in a broad range of areas including occupational health, infectious diseases, environmental health, chronic diseases, injury, maternal and child health, and more. CSTE supports effective public health surveillance and sound epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation.

Professional Association
CSTE acts as the professional home for applied epidemiologists representing multiple levels of public health practice. Active members are engaged in the practice of epidemiology for a governmental public health authority at the state, local, tribal, or territorial level. Associate members are former active member or those practicing epidemiology in federal, military, or international settings, as well as at academic institutions or corporate settings. Student members are currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program pursuing a degree in public health or a related field.
  • Promote effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health
  • Support effective public health surveillance and epidemiologic practice through training, capacity development, and peer consultation
  • Develop standards for practice
  • Advocate for resources and scientifically based policy

Using the power of epidemiology to improve the public’s health

Strategic Plan

CSTE's strategic plan lays out CSTE's challenges and opportunities in the next few years (2018-2020) with three strategic pillars with several accompanying priorities. Every two years, CSTE reviews successes according to the priorities of each previous strategic plan. Each strategy has a set of objectives associated with it, and the CSTE Executive Board and National Office staff develop an implementation plan with specific tactics and actions to meet the objectives. This strategic plan builds on CSTE’s first strategic plan, which was written in 1997.

We look forward to working with you and using the power of epidemiology to improve the public's health.

CSTE History

In the 1950s, Alexander Langmuir, CDC’s first Epidemiology Division Director, recognized the importance of state input in decision making and asked ASTHO to convene the State Epidemiologists and charge them with the responsibility of deciding which diseases should be reported nationally. The first fully-documented list of notifiable diseases was generated by this conference of state and territorial epidemiologists, held in 1951. CSTE has continued to hold the responsibility for defining and recommending which diseases and conditions are reportable within states and which of these diseases and conditions will be voluntarily reported to CDC. Since this beginning, CSTE has grown into a national organization for state, local, tribal, and territorial epidemiologists across disciplines and disease categories.

In August 1992, CSTE opened its national headquarters office in Atlanta, Georgia with two employees.  CSTE is governed by a ten-member Executive Board, which includes four officers, three Members-at Large, and three chairs who represent infectious disease; maternal and child health, chronic disease, and oral health; and injury, environmental health, and occupational health. The CSTE Executive Board meets regularly to provide a forum at which federal and state programs can collaborate on topics of mutual interest.