What is Saudi FETP?
Due to the necessity of the Ministry of Health to support the preventive medicine divisions, either within the Ministry's Agency for Public Health departments or in health regions, with highly qualified and well-trained Saudi professionals in the field of epidemics detection and control who can lead in the development of preventive programs for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
The idea of launching a program for post-graduate studies on epidemiology came into being in 1409 (1989). Thus, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and King Saud University in Riyadh initiated the Field Epidemiology Training Program, now affiliated to the Ministry's Agency for Public Health. So far, the program has graduated 29 batches of the field epidemiology diploma. The total number of graduates reached 135, of which there are eight graduates from the Omani Ministry of Health.