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About CDC

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performs many of the administrative functions for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a sister agency of CDC, and one of eight federal public health agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. The Director of CDC also serves as the Administrator of ATSDR.

CDC Mission

To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability

CDC Pledge

CDC pledges to the American people:

  • To be a diligent steward of the funds entrusted to it.
  • To provide an environment for intellectual and personal growth and integrity.
  • To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived.
  • To place the benefits to society above the benefits to the institution.
  • To treat all persons with dignity, honesty, and respect.

CDC Core Values

ACCOUNTABILITY - As diligent stewards of public trust and public funds, we act decisively and compassionately in service to the people’s health. We ensure that our research and our services are based on sound science and meet real public needs to achieve our public health goals.

RESPECT - We respect and understand our interdependence with all people both inside the agency and throughout the world treating them and their contributions with dignity and valuing individual and cultural diversity. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization.

INTEGRITY - We are honest and ethical in all we do. We will do what we say. We prize scientific integrity and professional excellence.

The CDC includes 11 Centers, Institute, and Offices:

  • Office of the Director

      Associate Director for Minority Health
      Associate Director for Science
      Freedom of Information Act Office
      Information Resources Management Office
      Management Analysis and Services Office
      National Vaccine Program Office
      Office of Communication, Division of Media Relations
      Office of Global Health
      Office of Health and Safety (OhASIS)
      Office of Women's Health
      Technology Transfer Office
      Washington D.C. Office

  • Epidemiology Program Office
  • National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • National Center for Environmental Health

      Office of Genetics and Disease Prevention

  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention
  • National Center for Infectious Diseases
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  • National Immunization Program
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Public Health Practice Program Office

CDC Employees and Locations

  • Approximately 7,800 employees in 170 occupations
  • Locations:
    • CDC facilities

        Anchorage, Alaska
        Atlanta, Georgia
        Cincinnati, Ohio
        Fort Collins, Colorado
        Morgantown, West Virginia
        Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
        Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
        San Juan, Puerto Rico
        Spokane, Washington
        Washington, D.C. area

    • Other Countries
    • Quarantine offices
    • State and local health agencies

CDC Employees and Facilities in the Atlanta Area:

  • Approximately 4,600 employees
  • 1,648 at headquarters on Clifton Road
  • Remainder at other locations:
    • Corporate Square
    • Chamblee
    • Decatur
    • Executive Park
    • Koger Center
    • Lawrenceville
    • Tucker

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This page last reviewed November 29, 2000

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