Background

FETP-Intermediate is a 9-11 month in-service program focused on strengthening public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response, and survey data to use for decision making at the middle level of the health system, such as provinces, states, and governorates. The centerpiece of FETP- Intermediate is a survey of a priority health topic planned and conducted by the participants as a group.
Classroom instruction (8 weeks total, in 5 workshops) addresses the following:

  • Surveillance interpretation and analysis
  • Outbreak investigation and response
  • Study design
  • Planning and conducting a survey
  • Data entry and analysis in Epi Info
  • Public health communication
  • Training and mentorship

Participants develop these competencies through individual field projects and the group survey. In countries that offer both FETP-Frontline and FETP-Intermediate, participants in the intermediate program may mentor those in FETP-Frontline. Participants who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of  completion signed by MOH and CDC officials.

Benefits to the MOH

The MOH can expect tangible results that benefit their health goals, including

  • Increased capacity among staff to recognize and respond to public health problems in a more timely and vigorous manner
  • Increased completion and accuracy of surveillance data reporting and analysis at district and provincial levels
  • Increased capacity among staff to provide a descriptive analysis of a public health problem
  • Stronger culture of data-based decision making
  • A network of well-trained field epidemiologists and public health managers in the country
Target Audience

The target audience is government public health workers who are responsible for public health functions, such as surveillance, data compilation analysis, reporting, outbreak investigation and response, and conducting planned investigations at the middle level of the health system. Public health workers from the district and national levels are also welcome to participate, particularly to gain a better understanding of the sources, strengths, and weaknesses of the data from the field, and to foster better communication among all levels of the MOH. In addition, participants should have completed FETP-Frontline (Basic) or equivalent.

Course Objectives
  • Improve the skills of middle level public health workers in data collection and analysis, interpretation, and communication
  • Increase understanding of the role of data among public health workers to monitor the health of the community and to provide information for decision making
  • Improve the quality and use of surveillance data at the middle level of the health system
  • Strengthen capacity to respond to outbreaks and other public health threats
Instructional Approach

The training is modular, practical, and interactive with 5 workshops, consisting of classroom training, over the course of 9 months. After each workshop, participants return to their jobs and complete on-the-job projects.

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