Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
526 FETP: Long Term Project  (4- credit hours)
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Planning and conducting a properly designed study to answer a study question is the hallmark
of Epidemiology. As part of this unit, each resident shall design and execute a comprehensive
study on priority public health concerns of the Kingdom.

To develop the ability to identify a priority public health problem
To develop the skills to design, conduct and analyze an epidemiologic study to solve
this problem
To present the study findings for peer review

The trainee will perform the following activities under the close supervision of his/her
identify a priority public health problem for epidemiologic investigation
carry out a thorough literature review to study the current knowledge on the issue,
refine the study question and select an appropriate methodology to study the problem
prepare a study proposal for approval by the University or FETP research committee
make a presentation to the study review committee for their comments and approval
submit ‘Project title approval form’ along with the proposal to the FETP course
Plan and manage logistic arrangements for the study
Collect and analyze the data in line with the study objectives
Present the findings of study while drawing sound scientific conclusions
Suggest suitable recommendation based on the findings of study.
Present the study in the pattern of dissertation of 3,000-4,000 words, conforming to
the guidelines given in relevant section.
Present the finding of the study at scientific presentation seminars

A consultant or a team of a specialist and a consultant of FETP or DCFM-KSU, will
supervise closely the planning, conduction, data analysis, report writing and
presentation of study.
Before embarking upon the data collection resident has to submit ‘Project title
approval form’ along with the proposal to the FETP course coordinator and make a
presentation to the study review committee for their comments and approval.
For long project, during the summer term of first year and first term 2nd year the
resident will identify the problem, carry out literature review and develop the study
protocol under guidance of his/her supervisor. Final report will be submitted by 15th
of September of 2nd academic year.
The submission of the reports comprise of Final report for the university, Arabic
report for the Ministry of Health, Report for Epidemiologic Bulletin, Power-point
presentation and a disk with all data and reports. In case any of the above
components is missing, the report will not be treated as submitted.

Long project will be assessed against a total of 400 marks, with a pass percentage of
40% of the total marks (i.e. 160 marks) will be evaluated by the supervisor of study
for ongoing evaluation of the resident’s study related activities (planning, field work,
data analysis, report writing).
The resident should score at least 50% of these marks before his written report can be
submitted to university.
60% of the total marks (i.e. 240 marks) will be evaluated by the examiner, assigned
by the University, on the basis of final report submitted.
Written report will be evaluated on the following criteria, which will carry 60% of the
total score: Abstract 5%; Introduction 5%; Literature Review 15%; Methods 15%;
Results 25%; Discussion 25%; References and appendices 5%; and General layout 5%.
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