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 18 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 five domains:

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

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 fifth cycle of FETP accreditation is scheduled to begin in December 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 fifth accreditation cycle is as follows:

December 11, 2019 Opening of cycle (all updated documents posted to website)

January 7, 2020

Deadline for programs to submit Certification of Eligiblity and Letter of Intent

January 10, 2020 Deadline for TEPHINET Secretariat to invite programs to submit complete applications 
January 31, 2020 Deadline for programs to submit complete applications
March 11, 2020 Deadline for TEPHINET Secretariat to notify programs of site visit decisions
March 30-June 26, 2020 Site visits (13-week window)
Prior to August 31, 2020 Global Accrediting Body panel session
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: Gerald Munai, Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP)