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FETP International Night

“The Field Epidemiology Training Program is a cornerstone of CDC’s efforts to effectively respond to health threats across the globe. Graduates have training in field epidemiology, surveillance, and evidence-based decision-making, enabling them to emerge as the world’s next generation of public health leaders. With a strong presence in over 65 countries, FETP helps build experienced team of public health professionals who can detect disease outbreaks locally and prevent them from spreading globally.”

– Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Celebrating CDC’s Commitment to Global Health

Every spring, epidemiologists, scientists, academics, physicians, and other public health professionals from around the world gather for International Nights, a highlight of the Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2018 FETP International Nights will be held on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18 at the Atlanta Hilton. On Tuesday evening, posters will be presented. Wednesday evening, six oral presentations will be given.

International Night is a chance to share work being done through Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) around the world and to recognize the impact these programs make every day in public health. The event provides a forum for FETP residents and graduates to give scientific presentations and increase their knowledge about surveillance, outbreak investigation, and improving health outcomes in their respective countries.

The event also brings FETP residents and EIS officers together to exchange ideas and expand the global network of disease detectives who can be called upon in times of emergency. International Night offers FETP residents and EIS officers a platform to present and defend their research before a panel of judges, subject matter experts, scientists, academics, and senior level officials in the global scientific arena. The success of International Night demonstrates that FETP residents and graduates are not only well-trained, but are continually applying what they have learned.

International Night has been part of CDC’s commitment to global health for over 20 years. Most recently, the event has been co-hosted by CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET).

Dr. Qin Wei of China presents his interactive poster presentation.

Dr. Qin Wei of China presents his interactive poster presentation in 2017.

Lydia Nakiire of Uganda presents her research on a measles outbreak among children congregating at a water collection site at the 2017 FETP International Night.

Lydia Nakiire of Uganda presents her research on a measles outbreak among children congregating at a water collection site in 2017.

Learn more about previous International Night award winners.

FETP residents, graduates, and advisors are doing precisely what they were trained to do: respond effectively to health threats and provide leadership in developing policies, programs, and health interventions to save lives and improve global health security.

– Dr. Dionisio Herrera, Director of TEPHINET