What We Do
Header photo: Mario Alberto Chaparro Rodriguez (Colombia FETP)
TEPHINET aims to elevate the global profile of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), thus facilitating FETPs’ ability to integrate effectively in-country and secure sustainable, long-term funding to carry out the vision that every country in the world has the applied epidemiology capacities needed to protect and promote the health of its own population.
To this end, TEPHINET develops, connects and implements programs and projects to achieve four critical strategic goals:
- Assure the quality of FETPs and FETP network-level elements*: As public health threats, chronic diseases, epidemics and emergencies move across borders and regions, consistent quality and quality improvement standards across FETPs and their network-level elements are crucial. *“Network-level elements” as defined in the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap include program accreditation, learning resource development, network communications and mobilization, and global and regional scientific conferences.
- Build knowledge and skills of the FETP community: Field epidemiology training must constantly evolve to maintain a well-trained and professional field epidemiology workforce prepared to address changes in public health priorities.
- Strengthen and prepare a field epidemiology workforce and define its role in global public health systems: FETP trainees and graduates are critical resources for public health systems and should be recognized at the global level for possessing needed skills and expertise.
- Continue organizational excellence of the TEPHINET Secretariat: A well-functioning Secretariat with strong, formalized relationships with key partners can provide enhanced support and guidance to FETPs.
Our Focus Areas
To achieve these goals, we focus on the following areas:
- Support FETP quality improvement.
- Advance FETP learning.
- Develop a cadre of FETP health emergency responders.
- Support scientific collaboration and advance evidence-based knowledge.
- Facilitate communications amongst TEPHINET and FETPs.
- Support and execute network and project-based events.
- Advocate for in-country ownership and sustainability of FETPs.
- Deliver project management excellence.
- Diversify FETP Enterprise funding.
- Define roles and responsibilities of TEPHINET within the FETP Enterprise.
To learn more, see the section titled, "Our Strategy."
The Path Forward: The Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap
A major guiding force for the future of TEPHINET and the global network of FETPs is the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap finalized in February 2019 at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva.
This Roadmap defines the FETP Enterprise as “the totality of the leaders, funders, implementing partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders engaged in this global effort, along with associated workforce competency targets, standards, agreements, technologies, etc. that undergird this work.”
According to the Roadmap, TEPHINET will serve as the Secretariat for a Strategic Leadership Group (SLG) to oversee the implementation of the Roadmap’s eight high-level recommendations for enhancing and accelerating the development of field epidemiology capacity worldwide:
- A broadly representative Strategic Leadership Group (SLG) should be established to provide a driving force for progress for the FETP Enterprise. The SLG would monitor the need for change and enhancement of the FETP Enterprise; develop and promulgate action-oriented guidance, recommendations, and standards; and commission specific work to develop needed tools, systems and policies.
- The SLG should continually monitor and assure needed improvements and changes in the FETP Enterprise, especially as regards the need to expand and modernize FETP core competencies and curricula.
- The SLG should promote the development of applied epidemiology workforce targets at each level of expertise (basic [Frontline], intermediate and advanced), to support the development of a workforce capable of meeting country-specific public health and global health security needs.
- The SLG should assure the development of a cadre of specially trained FETP fellows and alumni available for rapid response to health emergencies, including but not limited to major outbreaks of infectious disease.
- The SLG should work with country partners to accelerate the rate at which FETPs become fully institutionalized—programmatically, technically, and financially—into country health systems.
- The SLG should continue, strengthen, and expand efforts to assure and improve the quality of FETPs, as well as the supporting network-level elements of the FETP Enterprise.
- The SLG should promote and work to assure sustainable funding for all elements of the global FETP Enterprise.
- The SLG should foster enhanced alignment and integration of the FETP Enterprise with key global health programs and priorities, including (for example) global health security, One Health, and universal health coverage.