World Field Epi Day – September 7

World Field Epidemiology Day September 7

As we celebrate World Field Epidemiology Day, we recognize the vital role of field epidemiologists to investigate and respond to disease outbreaks around the world. Their work is critical to strengthen global health security and protect the health of all people.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H.

World Field Epidemiology Day, celebrated on September 7, recognizes the role field epidemiologists play in protecting the health of populations worldwide. It is a day devoted to raising awareness and advocating for more investments in training field epidemiologists so they can quickly respond to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. CDC, Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), and other partner organizations dedicate this day to field epidemiologists worldwide.

This year’s theme is “Empowering Field Epidemiologists for Stronger Health Systems,” which helps public health systems benefit from their expertise. Empowering field epidemiologists can mean including them in decision-making, providing clear roles for them, providing adequate support and resources, broadening career opportunities, and investing in their training. CDC’s globally recognized Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) builds a workforce of skilled disease detectives who enable countries to respond more quickly and effectively to health threats at home and around the world.

Celebrate World Field Epidemiology Day. Learn how CDC contributes toward making the world a safer, healthier place by supporting the training, promotion, and deployment of field epidemiologists.

For more information about FETPs, check out the FETP Noncommunicable Disease COVID-19 Toolkit, or read our Success Stories to learn more about their work.

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Since 1980, 80+ countries have participated in CDC-Supported FETPs. World Field Epidemiology Day September 7[JPG - 374 KB]

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In 2021 FETP disease detectives contributed to scientific research and understanding through publications. 168 scientific papers. 40 surveillance reports.[JPG - 498 KB]

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FETPs have trained 21,000+ graduates across the 3 levels. World Field Epidemiology Day September 7[JPG - 364 KB]

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In 2021 FETP disease detectives responded to 583 public health emergencies including: 87 Covid-19, 49 measles and 45 malaria outbreaks.[JPG - 434 KB]

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Over 80% of trainees continue to work in their home countries. World Field Epidemiology Day September 7[JPG - 339 KB]

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When field epidemiologists are empowered within health institutions, public health systems benefit from their expertise. Empowerment can mean that field epidemiologists are involved in key decision making processes, have clearly defined roles with adequate resources and support, have access to career opportunities, are recognized as a profession, and undergo training that is well integrated within the health system.