What We Do

Header photo: Mario Alberto Chaparro Rodriguez (Colombia FETP)

As a network, we support FETP quality improvement through our accreditation program, provide learning and professional development opportunities for FETP trainees and graduates through scientific conferences and learning materials, assist with field epidemiology workforce mobilization, and facilitate resource-sharing among FETPs through our networking initiatives.

As an implementing partner to organizations such as the CDC, WHO, the U.S. Department of State, and others, we provide operations and training support to FETPs through funded projects.

    Our Key Work Areas
    • FETP quality improvement: Through TEPHINET's Accreditation Program, FETPs have the opportunity to align with common standards to support quality training. FETPs can apply for accreditation status, which is granted by the TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body.
    • Workforce mobilization: Through TEPHIConnect (an online alumni networking platform for FETP alumni), and in collaboration with FETPs and regional FETP networks, TEPHINET aims to facilitate the mobilization of experienced and qualified epidemiology staff to support emergency response.
    • Continuous learning: Through its continuous learning program, TEPHINET aims to build and strengthen a well-trained and professional global field epidemiology workforce prepared to address evolving public health priorities.
    • Knowledge exchange: TEPHINET will facilitate knowledge exchange through meetings and scientific conferences, via our website, social media platforms, publications and through TEPHIConnect.
    • Operational support to FETPs: TEPHINET's project management team offers financial, administrative, human resources and logistical support to FETPs to address disease detection and outbreak response as well as implement collaborative meetings and scientific events. Projects are primarily implemented through sub-contracts and consultants hired by TEPHINET through grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State.
    Our Mission Strategic Priorities for 2017-2020:
    • Improve the understanding of TEPHINET’s mission and role among stakeholders.
    • Strengthen the quality of FETPs and their graduates through program accreditation.
    • Support continuous learning within the global FETP community.
    • Increase peer-to-peer assistance.
    • Facilitate workforce mobilization in response to global disease threats.
    • Elevate TEPHINET’s voice and profile as a thought leader.
    • Continue support to build organizational capacity and sustainability of FETPs at global, regional and program levels.

    More about FETPs

    What is a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)?

    An FETP is a program that builds capacity in health service agencies by providing training in field epidemiology and other public health competencies in the context of health delivery systems. FETPs are modeled after the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), a two-year training program for health professionals interested in applied epidemiology. The success of EIS led to requests from other countries for similar programs. Today, more than 70 countries have FETPs.

    Learn more: Field Epidemiology Training Program, CDC

    How Do FETPs Strengthen Public Health Systems?

    FETPs and FELTPs are designed to strengthen public health systems in four specific ways:

    1. By increasing the number and quality of field epidemiologists in the public health workforce;

    2. By developing worldwide capacity for timely detection, investigation of, and response to public health emergencies;

    3. By improving capacity to collect public health data through improved disease surveillance systems and use the data collected effectively; and

    4. By promoting the use of evidence-based recommendations in public health decision-making and policies.

    What is the Structure of an FETP?

    FETP training follows a three-tiered or pyramidal training model composed of advanced-, intermediate-, and basic- or Frontline-level training.

    Typically, 60-70% of FETP training consists of a field training apprenticeship taking place in a host country or region which aims to teach the practical application of epidemiological methods in field-based settings. The remainder of FETP training consists of classroom training. While programs differ by country, most programs require two years of mentored, full-time work. In addition, most programs are affiliated with local ministries of health, while others are hosted by a university or public health agency.

    FETP graduates are certified by the institutions in which their programs function and work in areas including outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, public health program development, general public health services, and urgent health needs. In addition, many graduates return to their FETPs to serve as mentors or trainers.