TEPHINET Accreditation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs

TEPHINET accreditation is an opportunity for field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) to align with common standards that support quality training and increased recognition of their value in supporting country public health priorities.

Since the launch of its first cycle of accreditation in 2016, the TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body (GAB) has accredited 13 programs (see Training Programs to find accredited programs).

TEPHINET developed the process and standards for accreditation over a five-year period with input from its global network of programs and partners including the TEPHINET Accreditation Working Group (AWG). These standards are grouped into four domains:

  1. Management, Infrastructure and Operations
  2. Integration with Public Health Service
  3. Staffing and Supervision
  4. Selection and Training of Residents

The accreditation process may take up to a year or more to complete and consists of five key stages:

  1. Accreditation Readiness Assessment
  2. Letter of Intent and Certification of Eligibility
  3. Accreditation Application
  4. Site Visit by Review Team
  5. GAB Review and Decision

Preparation for accreditation requires a concerted effort on the part of the FETP and may take a program several months or longer. The driving force behind accreditation is quality improvement. Any program can use the accreditation indicators and standards to identify areas of improvement regardless of its intent to apply for accreditation.

The fourth cycle of FETP accreditation is scheduled to begin in early 2019. TEPHINET member FETPs will receive an official announcement and instructions via email for participating in this process. Programs that have completed the Accreditation Readiness Assessment and have determined that they meet all of the basic eligibility requirements and the Accreditation Minimum Indicators and Standards are encouraged to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Apply?

Basic eligibility requirements for FETPs planning to apply:

  • The majority of residents' time is spent in field work (minimum of 68 weeks).
  • The duration of the program is equal to or greater than 21 months.
  • At least two cohorts have completed the program within the past five years, and at least 75 percent of the total residents who started the program also completed it.
What is the Timeline for this Accreditation Cycle?

The timeline for the 2019 accreditation cycle is as follows:

February 1 Opening of cycle

February 1-March 8

Reviewer recruitment and selection

February 11 Deadline for programs to submit Certification of Eligibility and Letter of Intent
February 18 Deadline for TEPHINET Secretariat to invite programs to submit complete applications
February 25-March 22 Reviewer training (Phase I: Application Review and Assessment)
April 5 Deadline for programs to submit complete applications
May 24 Deadline for reviewers to complete assessments of applications
June 3 Deadline for TEPHINET Secretariat to notify programs of site visit decisions
June 3-August 30 Reviewer training (Phase II: Site visits and site visit reports)
June 24-September 27 Site visits (14-week window)
October 26-28 Global Accrediting Body panel session (Atlanta)
November 1-3 Accreditation Working Group in-person meeting (Atlanta)


How Do I Become an Accreditation Reviewer?

Visit this page for more information.

Have Questions?

Email them to accreditation [at] tephinet [dot] org.


Header photo: Lou Manalili, Philippines FETP