The Ghana Field Epidemiology Training Programme is a 2-year post-graduate course leading to the award of a Master of Philosophy degree in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control. It is a combination of didactic lectures and field placement activities for service and on the job learning for Physicians, Veterinarians and Laboratory Scientist. The unique characteristic of the programme is its approach of enforcing the principle of One Health among health workers. The ultimate goal is to contribute to addressing the global public health needs and priorities through training and service provision in Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory Management.
The training involves 30 % didactic and 70 % fieldwork. During the first academic year, the students are expected to read core courses the cut across two tracks (Epidemiology and Laboratory) in the first Semester. In the second semester, students are expected to take courses in each of the prescribed tracks (Epidemiology and Laboratory) and some selected electives to make up for the total credits required. During the second semester, the students are to develop their research topics under the guidance of the academic supervisors and field mentors. Ten months of the second years are devoted to field practice and collection of surveillance data whiles providing services to the region/ district. The last two months are devoted for data analysis and write up of thesis.
During the period of two years training, residence acquire core competencies in various areas of applied epidemiology and disease control and they are mandated to produce relevant outputs such as;
- Outbreak investigation report
- Research proposal
- Monitoring and evaluation report
- Report for action
- Conference presentation
- Bulletin article
- Scientific manuscript
- Surveillance system evaluation
- Laboratory assessment
- Surveillance data analysis
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Report on Quality Control and Quality Assessment system
Outcome of these outputs have been used in formulating relevant policies in the health sector. Residents make presentation at both local and international fora.
The Masters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control is opened to Medical Doctors, Veterinary Doctors and Laboratory Scientist. A good first degree in a relevant discipline preferably with three years relevant working experience. Candidates should have a background or interest in public health.
For more information and enquiries, please contact us.
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