TEPHINET aims to elevate the global profile of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs), thus facilitating FETPs’ ability to integrate effectively in-country and secure sustainable, long-term funding to carry out the vision that every country in the world has the applied epidemiology capacities needed to protect and promote the health of its own population.
To this end, TEPHINET develops, connects and implements programs and projects to achieve four critical strategic goals:
Assure the quality of FETPs and FETP network-level elements*: As public health threats, chronic diseases, epidemics and emergencies move across borders and regions, consistent quality and quality improvement standards across FETPs and their network-level elements are crucial. *“Network-level elements” as defined in the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap include program accreditation, learning resource development, network communications and mobilization, and global and regional scientific conferences.
Build knowledge and skills of the FETP community: Field epidemiology training must constantly evolve to maintain a well-trained and professional field epidemiology workforce prepared to address changes in public health priorities.
Strengthen and prepare a field epidemiology workforce and define its role in global public health systems: FETP trainees and graduates are critical resources for public health systems and should be recognized at the global level for possessing needed skills and expertise.
Continue organizational excellence of the TEPHINET Secretariat: A well-functioning Secretariat with strong, formalized relationships with key partners can provide enhanced support and guidance to FETPs.
Our Focus Areas
To achieve these goals, we focus on the following areas:
Support FETP quality improvement.
Advance FETP learning.
Develop a cadre of FETP health emergency responders.
Support scientific collaboration and advance evidence-based knowledge.
Facilitate communications amongst TEPHINET and FETPs.
Support and execute network and project-based events.
Advocate for in-country ownership and sustainability of FETPs.
Deliver project management excellence.
Diversify FETP Enterprise funding.
Define roles and responsibilities of TEPHINET within the FETP Enterprise.
To learn more, see the section titled, "Our Strategy."