TITLE: Evaluation of the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)

ABSTRACT: This report assesses the effectiveness of the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in achieving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) objective of building capacity in applied epidemiology in developing countries. Data were collected through correspondence with, and site visits to, four FETP countries--Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, and Thailand--and the Rockefeller Public Health Schools Without Walls (PHSWOW) program in Uganda. The report finds that: (1) FETP trainees are acquiring skills that enable them to assist with outbreak investigations; (2) the decentralization of the health systems has led the FETP to a more facilitative role in linking local field investigations with the knowledge and resources available nationally; (3) the efforts of FETP staff have led to reductions in morbidity and mortality in host countries; (4) the FETP supports the creation of professional linkages among epidemiologists at a national level, but opportunities for FETP graduates to interact with public health officials from other countries have been limited; and (5) FETPs need the flexibility to expand in order to assure their sustainability in the rapidly changing political environments that surround public health issues in many host countries. In addition to general recommendations, the report identifies three clear roles for the CDC, which include: (1) providing prestige and political clout to their in-country counterparts who will support the program at a national level; (2) providing specialized technical assistance; and (3) supporting the development of an international network of epidemiologists. (Final report 134 pages plus appendices.)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Epidemiology Program Office

FEDERAL CONTACT: Daniel B. Fishbein, M.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 404-639-2228

PIC ID: 5923.1

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Battelle Corporation Arlington, VA