Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program (Master of Public Health)

Program overview

The Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program (UFETP) was established in 1994 and is hosted by the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). Graduates receive a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) upon completion of the program. It is one of the graduate programs at the School of Public in the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University. The MPH program is modeled around the Public Health Schools Without Walls (PHSWOW) concept, which places emphasis on a practical, field-oriented, competency-based training approach. The philosophy of the MPH program is to develop high quality and sustainable training strategies which produce public health practitioners and leaders who are competent enough to address public health challenges at the national, district, and community levels in Uganda and beyond.

Achievements

Since its inception, the MPH program has graduated over 400 public health practitioners. MPH alumni have taken over leadership positions within Uganda health sub-districts, NGOs, government agencies, ministries, and universities. Many graduates have also worked outside of Uganda; for instance, 15 MPH alumni took part in the containment of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MPH students also present their work annually to the scientific community at the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) scientific conference. Students also participate in other regional scientific disseminations, such as the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) conferences. In addition, the MPH students and alumni publish their research in scientific journals. The MPH curriculum is regularly reviewed for quality assurance, and an MPH Alumni Association was formed as a platform to effectively engage in contributing to public health as a collective human resource.