World over training programme in field epidemiology are being conducted by more than 40 countries, mostly of two-year duration. Three member states of South East Asia Region of WHO namely India, Indonesia and Thailand are conducting the two year training programme in Field Epidemiology. In India two year’s training programme in field epidemiology is being conducted by NICD, Delhi and NIE, Chennai, each having an enrolment capacity of 15 students per year.
Two year Master in Public Health – Field Epidemiology (MPH – FE) of NICD started in 2006. The course is affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. The goal of this course is to strengthen public health services by developing a cadre of professional field epidemiologists.
The course is designed in such a way that the scholars are able to conceptualize key epidemiological principles and methods;
At the end of the course, the field epidemiologist should be able to:
- Design, implement and evaluate public health surveillance systems;
- Carry out investigations, surveys and research using epidemiological and statistical methods and techniques;
- Detect, investigate, monitor and respond to disease outbreaks;
- Know all aspects of assessment and response for disasters;
- Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate public health programmes;
- Design and implement communication strategies for public health action;
- Design and implement environmental assessment;
- Use computers for epidemiological practice;
- Use laboratory support for epidemiological investigations.
The course is modeled on the pattern of “Learning Through Service” to build competencies. Quality assurance plans for the course primarily include: overall planning and strategy in consultations with experts nationally and internationally, documentation and, ongoing evaluation of the trainees as well as feedback from the trainees.
Participative learning is encouraged by
- Increased use of Indian case studies through mentoring programme with graduates
- Increased use of class room and field exercises
- Interactive workshops including computerized data analysis, protocol writing and technical writing
The course contents include principles, methods and practice of epidemiology, analytical epidemiology, experimental epidemiology and intervention studies; biostatistics, health informatics and computer training; dynamics of disease transmission & epidemiology of specific communicable diseases (including microbiological aspects) and non-communicable diseases; medical entomology & vector management; principles & methods of surveillance; preparedness and management of health aspects of disaster; research methodology and technical report writing; national health policy and programmes; burden of disease estimate & health economics; occupational, environmental & nutritional epidemiology; health system – design & management; behavioural & social epidemiology; ethics, public health legislation & international health regulations and field exercises / short projects / seminars / long project (Dissertation).
The total intake is limited to a maximum of 15 seats including two seats sponsored by WHO. The duration of the course is two years, comprising of four semesters. At the end of each semester, university examinations are held
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