DFE Course comprises of Class room teaching and field training. More emphasis is given for the field training which includes attachments of residents with different public health department in the ministry of health, which provide them with hands on training and real time experiences.
The Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) is postgraduate Diploma awarded by King Saud University College of Medicine - Riyadh and is recognized as equivalent to a Masters Degree by Saudi Council for Health Specialities, Ministry of Health and Bureau of Civil Services.
To be eligible for DFE program admission the applicant must ...
possess an M.B.B.S. degree or equivalent with a grade of "good" or better.
have satisfactorily completed the year of internship with "good" or better ratings on every service.
pass the written test and interview by the admission committee.
be a Saudi national. One applicant can be accepted each year from MOH of GCC countries or Yemen.
be working in Ministry of Health, KSA. Only one applicant from other health sectors in the Kingdom can be accepted each year.
do not already posses a postgraduate qualification.
get a letter of “no objection” from his sponsor to apply in FETP and letter of release from the sponsor for the whole duration of the program in case of acceptance.
have the ability to work in the Field Epidemiology with its frequent traveling, even to far areas.
To develop the ability to train others in epidemiologic investigation.
Priority will be given to recent graduates and candidates from the regions with no FETP graduates.
Eligibility Criteria:
Admission Procedure:
Application are invited by the Postgraduate Center at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh.

An applicant must submit the followings along with application;
A copy of M.B.B.S. degree or equivalent.
A copy of the Internship certificate.
A copy of the academic record.
Two letters of recommendation.
A copy of I.D.
One photograph 4x6 cm. (for males only).
No objection certificate from sponsor of candidate for applying for admission
Letter of agreement by the sponsor of candidate for release for the duration of training program, if granted admission.
All candidates have to pass a written examination and interview, on the dates as notified by admission committee. The
objective of the examination and interview is to assess the applicant’s general understanding of the uses of epidemiology,
preventive medicine and public health; capability for independent professional activity; and capacity for leadership,
coordination, planning, and teamwork.
Responsibilities of FETP Graduate
After graduating from FETP, their responsibilities includes;
Graduates are able to work at differents levels;
Epidemic Investigation
Disease Surveillance
Supervision and administation of Public Health Programs
Hospital Infection Control
Planning and organization of the epidemiological training activities
Teaching and research in epidemiology
Within Ministry of Health
Regional Health Directorates
Hospital Infection Control
Primary Health Care Centers
Diploma in Field Epidemiology Training Program (DFE)

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Field Epidemiology Training Program
Assistant Agency for Preventive Health, Agency for Public Health
Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia