The genesis and evolution of the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (GFELTP) is closely linked with the establishment and development of the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana. A one academic year general public health programme was started in October 1994.
By 2002 it was realized that there was the need to develop a core of specialists in the public health work force with competencies and skills in applied epidemiology and disease control, hence, the establishment of the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (GFELTP) / Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control in October 2007. It’s a two-year post graduate course of service and on-the-job learning in applied epidemiology and public health laboratory practice for scientists, physicians, veterinarians and other health professionals leading to the award of a Master of Philosophy degree in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control (M.Phil). It is also competency based.
The GFELTP is a member of the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) which is centered at Kampala, Uganda.
- To strengthen public health capacity by developing a cadre of health professionals with advanced skills in applied epidemiology and Laboratory management
- To contribute to research activities on priorities on public health problems
- To improve national capacity to respond to public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks, natural disasters and other unusual public health events including those that could be a result of chemical or biological terrorism
- Strengthen national surveillance systems through a team approach (physician, laboratorian and veterinarian)
- Improve communications and networking of public health practitioners and researchers in the country and throughout the region
GHANA FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGY AND LABORATORY TRAINING PROGRAMME
School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences
University of Ghana
P.O. Box LG 13, Legon
Tel: +233 (0)24 354 5556, (0)20 813 1828, (0)24 459 2122