The main objective of the Diploma in Field Epidemiology training program is to fortify the
capacity of MOH and other health institutions in KSA and other gulf states to use
Epidemiology to find appropriate solutions to the existing and emerging health concerns. In
this connection, the Epidemiologic Practice unit provides an excellent opportunity for
strengthening the capacity of MOH while at the same time providing the training opportunity
for the resident. Unit will consists of two set of activities, first being participation in studies
conducted by other residents of DFE and second a 4 week attachment with a health program.
To obtain field experience in the process of outbreak investigation and research project
development and implementation
§ To practice the skills obtained earlier in the course to explore the epidemiology of the
priority diseases and other health related issues of the Kingdom
§ To conduct a health system analysis to study the relation between the identified
problem and the health care system
§ To apply their epidemiologic skills to the control and prevention of these priority
diseases and other health related issues.
§ To communicate their findings and actions to the other health care personnel and
§ To facilitate the participation of FETP in the development of public health practice in
Participation in research projects
Residents will participate in the research projects of other residents during Hajj and
outbreak investigations, in which they are not a designated co-investigator.
Their participation will include one or more of the activities like development of
questionnaire, data collection, data entry and data analysis
Attachment to a health program/department
As part of this attachment, the residents will perform the following activities under
the direct supervision of designated local health administrator and his advisor at FETP
Explore the health care situation in an identified region to identify the specific health
Prioritize these problems and identify a specific problem for detailed investigation and
Investigate the identified problem to quantify the size of the problem and estimate its
effect on the health system/community and the various associated factors, with a
special focus on factors which can be manipulated
Develop the intervention plan to rectify the problem, within the available resources
If feasible within the time limits of assignment, implement the intervention and
evaluate the outcome of the intervention
Present progress reports regularly at the staff meetings in the MOH
Submit a final report to FETP, both in Arabic and English, including the process of
identifying the priority problem, findings of pre-intervention investigation, process of
development of intervention, intervention done and post-intervention evaluation
Present the final report in Round Table meeting
The total duration of the attachment will be 4 weeks
SUPERVISION AND FOLLOW-UP:
Participation in other research projects will be supervised by the designated supervisor of
the research project
Attachment to a health program/department will be supervised as follows:
The designated Health administrator in the Health region and designated advisor of
the resident at FETP will mutually supervise the resident.
Throughout the period of this attachment, the resident will regularly report to the
designated health administrator and will not leave the allocated health region or avail
leave without his permission.
All the leaves availed during the period will be communicated to the FETP for further
The resident will be expected to submit a fortnightly report of his activities, through
email to his designated supervisor in the FETP.
In conformation with the overall objectives of the training program, due to alternate
priority activities the ‘Supervisor FETP’ can temporarily suspend, postpone or
terminate the activity at any time.
The course will contribute 800 marks to the final evaluation, and will be distributed as
Participation in research projects: hajj study participation (200 marks) and outbreak
participation (200 marks). Marks will be allocated by the Hajj studies supervisor and
supervisor of the outbreak investigation, respectively.
Attachment to the health program/department (400 marks), will be evaluated as follows:
By health administrator to whom the resident is attached based on his evaluation of
residents activities in the field (120 marks, 30%)
By designated advisor of resident in FETP: Evaluation of final report submitted (160
marks, 40%) and Presentation (120 marks, 30%)