Accreditation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs)

Dr. Joshua Mott accepts a plaque on behalf of EIS, a program accredited in 2016.

Dr. Joshua Mott (left), Director of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), accepts a plaque recognizing EIS as one of the first FETPs accredited by TEPHINET. Dr. Dionisio Herrera (center), Director of TEPHINET, and Dr. Tom Frieden (right), CDC Director, presented the plaque during FETP International Night on May 4, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Accreditation is an opportunity for field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) to align with common standards that support quality training and increased recognition of their value in supporting country public health priorities. The process and standards for accreditation were developed over a five-year period with input from the global network of programs and partners. These standards are grouped into four main domains:

  • Management, Infrastructure and Operations
  • Integration with Public Health Service
  • Staffing and Supervision
  • Selection and Training of Residents

The accreditation process may take up to a year or more to complete and consists of five key stages:

Learn more about becoming an accreditation reviewer, the TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body (GAB), and the TEPHINET Accreditation Working Group (AWG).

Since the launch of the first cycle of accreditation in 2016, six FETPs have been accredited (learn more here).

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The 2018 Accreditation Cycle

The third cycle of FETP accreditation is scheduled to begin in early 2018. TEPHINET member FETPs will receive an official announcement and instructions via email for participating in this process. 

Key Dates

Coming soon (please note that dates are subject to change).

Who Should Apply?

Basic eligibility requirements for FETPs planning to apply:

  • The majority of residents’ time is spent in field work (minimum of 68 weeks)
  • The duration of the program is at least 21 months
  • At least two cohorts have completed the program, and continuous cycles of recruitment have been established

Important Documents