cover image

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States government public health agency / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dear Wikiwand AI, let's keep it short by simply answering these key questions:

Can you list the top facts and stats about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

Summarize this article for a 10 years old


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health agency of the United States. It is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.[2][3]

Quick facts: Agency overview, Formed, Preceding agencies, ...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Logo of the CDC
Agency overview
FormedJuly 1, 1946; 77 years ago (1946-07-01)
Preceding agencies
  • Office of National Defense Malaria Control Activities (1942)
  • Office of Malaria Control in War Areas (1942–46)
  • Communicable Disease Center (1946–67)
  • National Communicable Disease Center (1967–70)
  • Center for Disease Control (1970–80)
  • Centers for Disease Control (1980–92)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
33°47′58″N 84°19′42″W
Employees10,899 (2015)[1]
Annual budgetUS$11.1 billion (FY18)
Agency executives
Parent agencyUnited States Department of Health and Human Services Edit this at Wikidata

The agency's main goal is the protection of public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and worldwide.[4] The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention, and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens. The CDC also conducts research and provides information on non-infectious diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, and is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.[5]

The CDC's current Director is Mandy Cohen who assumed office on July 10, 2023.[6]