Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States government public health agency

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) are a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC main office is in Druid Hills, a neighborhood in northeastern Atlanta, Georgia. [2][3][4] It works to protect public health and safety. It provides information to enhance health decisions. It promotes health as a partner with state health departments and other organizations. When an infectious disease or bad food can cause health problems, the CDC will tell the nation how to fight it. The CDC works on environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Agency overview
FormedOctober 27, 1992
Preceding agencies
  • Office of National Defense Malaria Control Activities (1942)
  • Office of Malaria Control in War Areas (1942–1946)
  • Communicable Disease Center (1946–1967)
  • National Communicable Disease Center (1967–1970)
  • Center for Disease Control (1970–1980)
  • Centers for Disease Control (1980–1992)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
HeadquartersDruid Hills, Georgia
Annual budget8.8 billion USD (2008)
Agency executive
  • Mandy Cohen, director[1], Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Parent agencyUnited States Department of Health and Human Services

Agencies under the CDC


The CDC has agencies that work under it:



The CDC Foundation[5] is separate from CDC as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It is incorporated in the State of Georgia. Section 399F of the Public Health Service Act created the foundation to help the CDC work with the private sector.


  1. "Director". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  2. Home Page. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on November 19, 2008. Archived 2006-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Groundbreaking held for new CDC virus research labs. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 3, 1985. A21. Retrieved on February 5, 2011. "[The new facility will sit behind and be connected to CDC's red-brick complex of buildings on Clifton Road in DeKalb County[...]"
  4. "Druid Hills CDP, GA Archived 2011-11-25 at the Wayback Machine." United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.

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