Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
522-25 FETP: Surveillance Systems  (6- credit hours)
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Surveillance is an essential tool in providing routine baseline information for disease
distribution, studying the trends of diseases and early identification of outbreaks to initiate
disease control mechanism. So epidemiologist need to develop the understanding of the
surveillance mechanism and abilities to analyse and interpret its data. This unit provides
access to the real surveillance data and provide an opportunity to residents to study it for
identified issues of their interest.

To comprehend the existing health surveillance system in Saudi Arabia with its strengths
and weaknesses
To develop the skills to interpret the surveillance data
To develop the skills to analyze the surveillance data to answer specific epidemiological

As part of this assignment, each resident will undertake assessment of the existing
surveillance system in the Kingdom while focusing on one health issue limiting his
investigation either by type of issue/disease, time and/or geographical boundaries.
After undertaking the assessment he will present his findings regarding operational and
technical difficulties and suggest solutions to overcome these difficulties.
The resident will present written findings for review and inclusions into
recommendations for developing the surveillance system. Each resident will also prepare
one or more surveillance reports from the actual surveillance data. This surveillance
report will describe the epidemiology of the disease in the Kingdom.
Submit a final report to FETP, both in Arabic and English, of 1000 - 1200 words each
Present the final report in Round Table meeting

The designated coordinator in Surveillance department or and a consultant/specialist
at FETP will mutually supervise the resident.
The total duration of the attachment will be 2 - 4 weeks. And will be credited as 7
credit hours to the training program.
The resident will complete the activity during the summer semester of first year and
1st semester of 2nd years. The exact program will be finalized by the unit supervisor,
while adjusting with the time schedule for other projects/ training activities of all the

The evaluation of the activity will be based on:
The evaluation report of the coordinator of surveillance department or Health
administrator to whom the resident is attached, on the specified form.
The evaluation by the consultant/specialist supervising the resident at FETP on the
basis of report submitted and presentation
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Layout
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology 502 FETP: Bio-statistics 503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers 504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation 507 FETP: Public Health Programs 508 FETP: Seminars in Epidemiology I 509 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy II 510 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy III
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Unit
511 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy IV 512 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy V 513 FETP: Epidimiology Practice I 514 FETP: Epidimiology Practice II 515 FETP: Epidimiology Practice III 516 FETP: Epidimiology Practice IV 517 FETP: Epidimiology Practice V 518 FETP: Outbreak Investigations I 519 FETP: Outbreak Investigations II 520 FETP: Outbreak Investigations III
521 FETP: Outbreak Investigations IV 522 FETP: Surveillance Systems I 523 FETP: Surveillance Systems II 524 FETP: Surveillance Systems III 525 FETP: Surveillance Systems IV 526 FETP: Long Term Project 527 FETP: Scientific Presentations II 528 FETP: Scientific Presentations I 529 FETP: Training Activities I 530 FETP: Training Activities II