Field Epidemiology Training Program
Advancing the level of the health services in the field of epidemic studies and control provided by MOH across the Kingdom, through highly qualified national holding epidemiology diplomas; to meet the needs of MOH’s prevention sector in all regions,  and substitute them for foreign cadres. 
First Objective
Training the health cadres and qualifying them to obtain a diploma in epidemiology; to secure highly qualified national cadres to enhance health services, to encourage participation of the GCC trainees, and to provide the best ways for training.
  • Training as many as 8-10 residents annually to be awarded a diploma in field epidemiology. 
  • Securing adequate number of trainers and consultants, and contracting with the specialized and technical experts provided that there is a consultant and a trainer at least for each three students; so as to guarantee the highest level possible in terms of training and follow-up during training period. 
  • Drawing on the local and international expertise in terms of training the students during their enrollment in the Program.
  • Providing the latest scientific references in the library to enable the Program practitioners and trainers to access the latest resources. 
  • Publishing the quarterly epidemiology bulletin to assist researchers and decision-makers to obtain information on the health issues and epidemiological surveillance of diseases across the Kingdom.
  • Issuing the guides and the national plans to address the prioritized health issues. 
Second Objective:
Upgrading the efficiency of the health workers in epidemiology control; through in-service training and qualification programs, training them on the latest developments in health and prevention services, designing and implementing training programs that address prioritized health issues and meet the needs of the health workers.
Implementing 12 training courses annually targeting 300 trainers in all Health Affairs, and preparing the proper training guide to ensure performance quality. 

Third Objective:
Encouraging studies meant for tackling priority health problems in the Kingdom; to identify and address them effectively.
  • Each trainer in the Program conducts at least three epidemiology studies during training period.
  • The Program conducts epidemiology studies through collective effort by workers and trainers, according to health priorities and the latest issues.
  • Carrying out scientific studies targeting health issues during Hajj season to ensure security and safety of pilgrims against epidemics and health problems.  
  • Conducting or taking part in epidemiological surveillance on epidemics and the health outbreaks of communicable and non-communicable diseases that could afflict some community group or a specific area in the Kingdom, while defining their causes, control modalities and lessons learnt to avoid them in the future.
  • Holding an annual scientific conference where findings of the Program studies are presented.
  • Submitting an annual report including a summary and a review for what has been done in terms of research and recommendations to MOH’s Public Health Agency.
  • Participating in local, regional and international conferences with the Program studies, sharing experience with institutions concerned with the scientific studies on pressing health problems, and publishing their findings in scientific events, as well as local and international journals.
Fourth Objective:
Promoting cooperation between expertise both locally and internationally, bringing in training expertise for the Program's trainees, developing solid collaboration between the Program, regional and international scientific bodies in epidemiology and public health.
Accommodate cooperation and create training channels with some reputable and established foreign bodies, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, the United States of America (the U.S.A); to share expertise and achieve the highest quality, in addition to academic collaboration on the epidemiology diploma with the college of medicine, King Saud University.

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