Announcing the Results of the Second Cycle of the TEPHINET Accreditation Process for Field Epidemiology Training Programs

Announcing the Results of the Second Cycle of the TEPHINET Accreditation Process for Field Epidemiology Training Programs

From August 28-29, 2017, the TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body convened at The Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to decide whether to confer accreditation status to the field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) reviewed during TEPHINET’s second cycle of FETP accreditation. As a result, three FETPs were accredited:

  • Brazil Field Epidemiology Training Program (Programa de Treinamento em Epidemiologia Aplicada aos Serviços do SUS, also known as EpiSUS)
  • Cameroon Field Epidemiology Training Program
  • Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program

These three programs join the Epidemic Intelligence Service, the Canada Field Epidemiology Program, and the United Kingdom Field Epidemiology Training Programme as the FETPs accredited by TEPHINET to date.

Accreditation is an opportunity for FETPs to align with common standards supporting quality training and increased recognition of their value in developing a public health workforce capable of detecting and responding to health threats. Accreditation standards for FETPs are grouped into four key areas:

  • Management, infrastructure and operations
  • Integration with public health service
  • Staffing and supervision
  • Selection and training of residents

The accreditation process comprises five basic phases and may take up to a year to complete. To learn more, please visit www.tephinet.org/accreditation.