Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
General Instructions for Residents
Logistics for Field Activities
§ Resident (Lead investigator in case of multiple participants) will be responsible
to coordinate all the logistic arrangements for the field work related to
epidemiological studies and other field assignments, under supervision of his/her
supervisor.
§ In case of epidemic investigation, if the place of outbreak is outside Riyadh city
FETP will pay/reimburse the traveling allowance/tickets, as per entitlement, to all
the participants of the study for the epidemic investigation for a maximum of 3
days. If the boarding and lodging is provided by the local health authorities/ other
government organization only half per diem will be paid. However in such cases the
paid stay can be extended to six days. However, in very extraordinary
circumstances, Ministry of Health /Supervisor FETP can allow longer stays on
government expense.
§ For Hajj attachment / study, residents are allowed a maximum of 15 days per
diem, as per MoH rules.
§ No per diem or traveling allowances are permissible for the Epidemiological
practice assignment.
§ For other epidemiological studies and attachments, per diem and travel
allowance, can be allowed with prior approval of Ministry of Health/Supervisor FETP
§ Additional resources required for the epidemiological studies can be arranged
with prior approval of MOH/Supervisor FETP, for which proposal along with he
budget estimate has to be submitted to the MOH, along with University, for
approval.
§ For other field assignments, minor resources requirements like training
material, resource person for training, photocopying etc. may be arranged, with
the prior approval of the “Supervisor FETP”
REGULATIONS FOR FIELD RESEARCHES OUTSIDE SAUDI ARABIA
FOR GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COUNTRY’S STUDENTS

§ Only one study will be allowed in his home country during the two year training
period.
§ The planning, analysis and report writing of study will be conducted in KSA and
resident will be allowed to go to his home for data collection, only.
§ The maximum period allowed for stay in his home country, in relation to
research, will not exceed 4 weeks
§ Study should be under supervision of one of the senior staff member of FETP.
§ To obtain permission for data collection outside KSA, trainee has to apply in
writing to the Training committee with letter of agreement from his/her study
supervisor and ‘No Objection Certificate’ from Ministry of Health of his/her home
country.
§ Final report will be sent by FETP to his home MOH.
§ FETP will not be responsible for funding of travel and other cost related to such
study.
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