Improving Global Public Health Leadership Through Training in Epidemiology and Public Health: The Experience of TEPHINET

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Victor M. Cardenas, MD, PhD, MPH; Maria Concepcion Roces, MD, MSc; Somsak Wattanasri, MD; Fernando Martinez-Navarro, MD; Mufuta Tshimanga, MBBS; Nasser Al- Hamdan, MD, and Jorge H. Jara, MD
Date published
Feb, 2002
Last updated
25 Jan 2020


Introduction: Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) and Public Health Schools Without Walls use the “learning while doing” approach to build public health’s international capacity. Under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the late Charles Mérieux, these programs in 1997 established the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET). The network’s mission is to strengthen international public health capacity through initiating, supporting, and networking field-based training programs that enhance competencies in applied epidemiology and public health interventions.