FETP - Field Epidemiology Training Program - Disease Detectives in Action

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FETP – Field Epidemiology Training Program – Disease Detectives in Action

Did You Know

One of the first true disease detectives was John Snow, a 19th century doctor who traced the source of a cholera epidemic to a London water pump?

Disease detectives tackle some of the world’s most lethal and challenging public health threats, from HIV to MERS-CoV to Ebola and Zika?

Today, we are facing a severe worldwide shortage of skilled disease detectives?

How We Help

CDC’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) works with countries to train a global workforce of disease detectives who find and stop health threats close to the source, increasing our ability to detect and respond to events in a world where the next outbreak is only a plane ride away.

Where We Are

In 1980, Thailand became the first country to expand FETP outside of North America. Today, over 70 countries participate in CDC-supported FETPs globally.

* Map indicates countries participating in FETPs. Learn more about where we work.


By The Numbers

From 2005 to 2016, FETPs participated in 3,300+ outbreak investigations
About 80% of graduates work in the public health sector in their countries
Since 2001, FETP Frontline has trained 4,900+ health professionals in 39 countries

How We Connect

How We Do It


Learning by doing
Teaches residents to collect, interpret, and apply information on infectious and noncommunicable diseases
Residents spend approximately 75% of their time in the field

Tiered levels of training
Increases public health capacity at district, intermediate, and national levels
Addresses different skill levels within the public health system
Training programs range from three months to two years

Meeting country needs
Recognizes differences in cultures, priorities, partners, capacities, and public health systems
Strengthens surveillance and workforce development in line with the International Health Regulations (IHR) & Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)

Strong partnerships
Helps ministries of health enhance their own health protection and health promotion programs
Lays a solid foundation for other important health initiatives in countries around the world

Surveillance and response
Stops outbreaks before they become epidemics
Assists with response to the world’s most urgent health threats, including: Ebola virus disease in West Africa
Zika virus in the Americas
MERS-CoV transmission in the Middle East, South Korea, and the Philippines.
Yellow fever in Angola
Polio in Pakistan and Nigeria
Since 1980, 3,900+ trainees have graduated from FETP-Advanced (303 in 2016)

African Field Epidemiology Network

European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training

Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network

Network of Latin American FETPs

Southeast Asia Field Epidemiology and Technology Network

Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network
Provide hands-on training modeled after CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)
Build a global health workforce through three levels of training
Set priorities according to the needs of individual countries and ministries of health
Collect and communicate crucial health information, using evidence to take action and save lives
Collaborate with ministries of health and other partners to grow national public health capacity


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“FETPs build world-class public health experts who detect diseases locally and stop them from spreading globally. Ultimately helping to keep America safe and secure. Rebecca Martin, International night.

Networks of public health professionals support field epidemiology across the globe.

Page last reviewed: July 19, 2017
Content source: Global Health