The Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) is a competency-based training and service program in applied epidemiology and public health that builds the capacity to strengthen the surveillance and response system in countries where they are implemented.
The Nigerian FELTP (NFELTP) is a two year in-service training program in applied epidemiology and public health laboratory practice, created to be a long-term ongoing program within the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMA&RD). In conjunction with the University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, it trains medical epidemiology residents, public health laboratory residents, and veterinary epidemiology residents for leadership positions in various levels of both the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The Residents provide service to the Federal and the State Ministries of Health as well as the Federal and State Ministries of Agriculture during their training through long-term field placements.
The field epidemiology component is similar to programs that have been established in more than 30 countries and is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) two-year Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) training program. The public health laboratory training component is based on CDC’s Emerging Infections Program which is a one-year applied laboratory training program.
NFELTP is composed of 25% course work and 75% field work.
Program Goals and Objectives
To strengthen and coordinate Nigeria’s ability to respond to public health emergencies through developing a self-sustaining, institutionalized capacity to train future public health leaders in medical epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology and field-oriented public health laboratory practice.
- Train future leaders in applied epidemiology, veterinary epidemiology and public health laboratory practice; emphasis is on problem solving issues of public health concern
- Provide epidemiologic services to federal, state, and local government human and animal health authorities in Nigeria
- Strengthen public health human and veterinary disease surveillance systems
- Strengthen laboratory participation in surveillance and field investigation
- Strengthen the linkage between public health and veterinary epidemiology
- Conduct research activities on priority human and animal public health problems
- Improve communications and networking both within the country and throughout the West African region
Strengthen affiliations with international organizations, such as the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), the umbrella organization of applied epidemiology training programs, the Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), an organization of applied epidemiology training programs located in Africa, and other applied epidemiology and laboratory training programs in other countries
To assist and support the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD) in building a sustainable network of highly skilled field epidemiologists, veterinarians and laboratory managers who measurably improve public health services through:
- Strengthening Nigeria’s public health capacity by developing a cadre of health professionals with advanced skills in applied epidemiology and laboratory management
- Contributing effectively to research activities on priority public health problems
- Improving Nigeria’s national and regional capacity to respond to public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other unusual public health events including those that could be the result of chemical or biological terrorism
- Bolstering Nigeria’s national human and veterinary disease surveillance systems
- Optimizing effective laboratory participation in disease surveillance and field investigations and
- Enhancing communications and networking of public health practitioners and researchers in the country and throughout the regions.