Accreditation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs)

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

Pictured above: 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 to align with common standards that support quality training and increased recognition of the value of FETPs to support 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. The standards are grouped into four main domains:

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

View the list of currently accredited field epidemiology training programs.

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

  1. Program completes a self-assessment (accreditation readiness assessment).
  2. Program submits an accreditation application if deemed ready to apply.
  3. An external review team completes a thorough site visit of the applying program(s). Learn more about Becoming an Accreditation Reviewer.
  4. The TEPHINET Global Accrediting Body reviews and makes the final decision to confer accreditiation status or not.

2017 Accreditation Cycle

***The second cycle of FETP accreditation is now closed for this year.***

How to apply

FETPs that have completed the internal readiness assessment and wish to apply during an open accreditation cycle should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Certification of Eligibility to TEPHINET. The deadline for submission of the LOI is January 31, 2017.

After their LOI is acknowledged and their Certification of Eligibility verified, the FETP will be invited to submit an online accreditation application and supporting documentation by the accreditation cycle close date.

TEPHINET assigns a review team to each accreditation application received. A site visit is scheduled if the application process provided sufficient information to move forward.

The site visit will take place up to 12 weeks after submission of an accreditation application. The FETP will have an opportunity to respond to any weaknesses identified by the review team before the documents go the Global Accrediting Body (GAB) for final review and determination of an FETP’s accreditation status.

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
  • Training is conducted as a service to country public health priorities
  • At least two cohorts have completed the program, and continuous cycles of recruitment have been established

Click on the buttons below to access the Letter of Intent and Certification of Eligibility for Programs, Accreditation Application for Programs and the Accreditation Reviewer Form. All forms required for submission are available at the following links and are password-protected. Please contact Lorie Burnett, Project Manager, at for the password(s).

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Below are the documents for each phase of the process. If you have any questions, please contact Lorie Burnett at

Overview Accreditation Process Resources Accreditation Working Group (AWG)

History and Purpose of Accreditation

Quality Improvement (coming soon)

Eligibility Requirements

Preparing for Accreditation (Accreditation Readiness Assessment)

Accreditation Steps

Process Flow Chart

Time Table

Accreditation Standards and Indicators

Accreditation Manual for FETPs



Online Orientation (coming soon)

Letter of Intent (LOI) and Instructions

Accreditation Consultation Services

Continuous Quality Improvement Handbook

Readiness and Quality Improvement Collaborations (coming soon)


Roles and Reponsibilities

AWG Accreditation Program Review Meeting Report 2016

Reports (coming soon)