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.

TEPHINET 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.

Since the launch of its first cycle of accreditation in 2016, the TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body (GAB) has accredited eight programs (see the list here).

TEPHINET developed the process and standards for accreditation over a five-year period with input from its global network of programs and partners including the TEPHINET Accreditation Working Group (AWG). 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:

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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. Programs that have completed the Accreditation Readiness Assessment and have determined that they meet all of the basic eligibility requirements and the Accreditation Minimum Indicators and Standards are encouraged to apply for the upcoming 2018 cycle.

Preparation for accreditation requires a concerted effort on the part of the FETP program and may take a program several months, or longer. The driving force behind accreditation is quality improvement. Any program can use the accreditation indicators and standards to identify areas of improvement for its own program, regardless of intent to apply for accreditation.

Key Dates

February 5 Third Cycle of Accreditation Program Announcement
March 30 Deadline for FETPs to submit Letter of Intent and Certification of Eligibility
May 31 Deadline for eligible FETPs to submit completed Accreditation Application
June 1-July 15 Reviewers' Assessment of Accreditation Applications
July 15-September 30 Accreditation Site Visits
End of October Global Accrediting Body Panel Session

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 Resources and Documentation