Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
507 FETP: Public Health Programs
Saudi Arabia has a strong public health program targeting towards provision of primary
health care, control of high priority diseases (tuberculosis, immunizable diseases, malaria,
diabetes mellitus, cancer, hypertension, obesity etc.) and environmental health. As majority
of the graduates of the program are likely to work in one of these programs, getting a
firsthand exposure to these programs, will enable to the residents to be more prepared for
their future assignments.
On completion of this unit, the student will be able to comprehend:
the structure, functions, strengths and weaknesses of public health programs in Saudi
current epidemiological concerns of priority public health diseases and other issues
Programs to be covered:
Major public health programs of Saudi Arabia including
Malaria Control Program
Tuberculosis control Program
Cardiovascular disease control
Health education and information
The training program will consist of visits to local, regional and central offices of the
concerned health programs and brief attachments to one of them for each resident. The
training will be shared with managers and planners of these health programs at various
levels, to acquaint the residents with the current status of these programs in the country.
This program contribute 100 marks to the final evaluation, and will be based on attendance
and active participation during the visit, and will be evaluated by coordinator of this unit.