The Training Programs in Epidemiology & Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is a member-led global network of field epidemiology training programs (FETPs). It was founded in June 1997 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Foundation Merieux. With a secretariat based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, TEPHINET has existed for two decades and is the only global network of field epidemiology training programs, spanning multiple regional networks, sub-regional programs, and national programs around the world. Overall, TEPHINET comprises 67 programs working in more than 100 countries. Currently, there are more than 10,000 FETP trainees, 6,500 graduates, and 1,000 students.
TEPHINET’s principal 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 practice. Its member training programs are mostly hosted within local ministries of health, independent research institutes, or academic institutions and consist of one to two years of training. In general, graduates complete a two-year training program and receive their certificate of completion from the institutions in which their programs function.TEPHINET’s vision is to improve health through a global network dedicated to quality training in applied epidemiology and public health practices. Toward this end, it strives to support and strengthen existing programs, assist in the development of new ones, enhance applied research activities of programs, improve response to public health emergencies, and link competent professionals in field epidemiology to responding agencies.
Since 2008, TEPHINET has been a program of The Task Force for Global Health, recipient of the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
The Bureau of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand is the host organization of the Thai Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP).
Thailand was the first country outside the American continent to establish the "Field Epidemiology Training Program," or FETP, in 1980. This program, initiated with the assistance of WHO and CDC Atlanta has had an enormous impact on the epidemiological awareness and sophistication of programs throughout the Ministry of Public Health.
History of FETP-Thailand
To improve the health of the people by preventing and controlling diseases, the Royal Thai Government in collaboration with World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control established the Thai Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in 1980. Its purpose is to train professional field epidemiologists who are able to apply knowledge and method of epidemiology in planning and solving public health problems. Thailand was looking for developing a good course to establish a network of large number of epidemiologists devoted to public health oriented activities. Authorities from Thailand explored various possibilities and eventually decided that the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program with CDC was the best one to be used as the model for Thailand.
The program emphasizes "learn to do" rather than "learn to know." Two years spent by the trainees, plus one additional year in the university, enables the trainees to get a degree at a doctorate level (MPH). The two-year course was developed with special emphasis on epidemic investigations and preparedness; evidence based training courses; and advocacy. Young participants were exposed to international conferences. Enough number of preceptors were developed, while international level institutes, such as CDC, provided necessary supplementation. All these activities ensured quality training. Dedication and commitment of the officers who developed the FETP activities and a string of FETP alumni makes this program a successful one.
In 1987, the FETP was institutionalized with full-time staff, some government budget and office space within the Epidemiology Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). Since 1998, Thailand has offered the International FETP to trainees from neighboring countries. In 2001, the Epidemiology Bureau was accorded status as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Field Epidemiology Training and Research and the International component was established as the International Field Epidemiology Training Program or IFETP-Thailand. The IFETP-Thailand is designed for physicians who would like to improve the health of population through the use of epidemiological approaches. According to the "learning by doing" philosophy, trainees work on real situations. To better understand and better apply knowledge, trainees are requested to return to their own country for program assignments.General Objective: To give health practitioners the skill and experience in field epidemiology to become competent leaders in public health.Specific Objectives: Obtain epidemiologic skills to identify problems and making recommendations for priority health condition. Effectively manage and respond outbreaks and other urgent health events. Enhance the current surveillance system. Become trainers of Field Epidemiology. Enhance cross-border health network.
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