Accreditation

TEPHINET Accreditation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs

The sixth cycle of Accreditation is now underway.  The deadine has passed for new applicants to create an account.

Click here for Accreditation Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Click here for the Accreditation Application System User Guide.

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 sixth accreditation cycle opened on August 18, 2021. TEPHINET member FETPs received, via email, an official announcement of the opening of the sixth cycle of FETP accreditation as well as instructions for participating in the 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?

Calendar for the sixth cycle of Accreditation (2021-22):

Stage Description Deadline
Stage 1

Eligibility Determination (Preliminary forms)

● Letter of Intent

● Certification of Eligibility

● Annual Program Calendar

● Program Information Form

The deadline to complete Stage 1 is September 24, but programs can submit the forms within the system and complete the stage before that.

Eligible programs will be notified to continue their applications within the system by October 8.
Stage 2

Application for Accreditation (Minimum Standards)

● Answer questions about the program’s adherence to minimum standards

● Upload the required documentation.

The deadline to complete Stage 2 is October 29.

Stage 3 Review by Accreditation Review Teams This stage will last through January 31, 2022.
Stage 4 Accreditation Review Team Site Visits TBD
Stage 5 Global Accrediting Body (GAB) Panel Session TBD
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)