Strengthening Field Epidemiology Training Programs

With external funding, TEPHINET has provided vital operational (including financial, administrative, human resources, and logistical) support to field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) with limited resources. This support helps programs run smoothly and focus on what matters: strengthening each country’s applied epidemiology capacity, through a proven approach that simultaneously provides critical epidemiologic services and mentored training of the next generation of field epidemiologists.

As a complement to the full, two-year advanced FETPs, TEPHINET has played a key role in establishing FETP-Frontline (basic-level field epidemiology training) in numerous countries. In response to the 2016 Zika outbreak, for example, TEPHINET provided both operational and technical support to 13 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of its mission to support learning within the FETP community, TEPHINET also develops training materials for use by FETPs.

Ultimately, FETPs increase the number and quality of field epidemiologists (also called applied epidemiologists) in the public health workforce, increasing worldwide capacity for the timely detection, investigation of, and response to public health emergencies. FETPs also improve countries’ capacities to collect public health data through improved disease surveillance systems and use the data effectively. Lastly, by promoting the use of evidence-based recommendations in public health decision-making and policies, FETPs play a critical role in strengthening their countries’ public health systems.

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