The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is a two-year, full-time training and service program in applied epidemiology. Residents of the program select one of three tracks for study: Medical Epidemiology, Laboratory Epidemiology and Management, or Veterinary Epidemiology.
Unlike many training opportunities, FELTP is a fundamentally field-based program. The classroom instruction is intended to provide a background in the sciences and methodologies that support and give grounding to the activities that take place in the field. The didactic component will comprise 25% of the focus, while field assignment activities will make up 75% of the program.
The classroom component of the program takes place in Abuja. Residents take courses at regular intervals in epidemiology, biostatistics, research methodology, scientific communication, economics, management, and other topics of relevance to their specific tracks.
For the field component of the program, residents are placed in various sites across Nigeria, where they provide services to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (FMAWR) , State Ministries of Health or the State Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources. During these assignments, residents conduct epidemiologic investigations and field surveys, evaluate surveillance systems, perform disease control and prevention measures, report their findings to decision-makers and policy-makers, and train other health workers.