FETP Intermediate level epidemiology training class III-TEPHINET Funds
The third class of intermediate level epidemiology training commenced on 7th November, 2016. The training takes six months to complete and is structured into four didactic sessions each one week long and a field project. The first course of the training was held at the 67 Airport Hotel in Machos from 7th -11th November, 2016 while course two was conducted from November 28th to December 2nd 2016 at the same venue.
Participants were drawn from graduates of group seven, eight and nine basic epidemiology from Western, Coast and Eastern regions. A total of 29 participants were enrolled for the training.
Topics covered during the training included: Principles of epidemiology, Principles of disease and health event surveillance, measures of association (risk ratios and odds ratios), measures of public health impact (attributable risk and population attributable risk), and using MS-Excel to develop and maintain a data set, disease epidemiology, disease surveillance, epidemiologic transitions, changing disease profiles and emerging infections.
At the end of the training, each participant completed a work plan and budget for the first phase of their field project (analysis of surveillance data). Course 1 consists of identifying a project focus, developing a project protocol, and developing a schematic of how surveillance data flow through their county, sub-county, or other agency.
The participants have been assigned FELTP faculty supervisors to provide technical support in design and implementation of the project. They will also receive additional support during supervisory site visits scheduled to take place in January and February. During the site visits, the supervisors verify the authenticity of the data being collected for the field project and also provide technical support as necessary. Course 3 for this class will be held from January 30th – February 3rd, 2016.