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CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people, at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.



CDC´s top organizational components include the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and six Coordinating Centers/Offices:

1. Coordinating Center for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention (CCEHIP)

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

2. Coordinating Center for Health Information Service (CCHIS)

National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM)

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI)

3. Coordinating Center for Health Promotion (CoCHP)

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention

4. Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID)

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED)

National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID)

5. Coordinating Office for Global Health (COGH)

6. Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER)



The Office of the Director manages and directs the activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; provides overall direction to, and coordination of, the scientific/medical programs of CDC; and provides leadership, coordination, and assessment of administrative management activities.

CDC Washington

Office of Chief of Public Health Practice

Office of Health and Safety

Office of Strategy and Innovation

Office of the Chief Science Officer (OCSO)



The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ensures safety and health for all people in the workplace through research and prevention.

Coordinating Centers/Offices allow the CDC to be more responsive and effective when dealing with public health concerns. Each Coordinating Center/Office implements CDC´s response in their areas of expertise; while also providing intra-agency support and resource-sharing for cross-cutting issues and specific health threats.

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