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South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme 2022/2023

South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme 2022/2023 for African Health Professionals

In 2006, the South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme was developed as a joint collaboration between the National Department of Health (NDOH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), the University of Pretoria (UP) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in South Africa. As from 2018, the incoming cohort will be assigned to attend either the University of Pretoria (UP) or the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

About the Programme

The programme is a combination of didactic and practical training in which the resident is grounded in the academic basics of applied epidemiology and is assigned to field sites where s/he learns by doing while being mentored by supervisors in projects that address key public health priorities within the respective countries and within the regions. The programme also has Frontline course targeting public health professionals in the area of surveillance at national, provincial, district and local levels. The health professionals targeted include medical officers, nurses, infection control officers, surveillance officers, and environmental health officers.


Work experience requirements

  • Professional experience in a health field or other fields relevant to health
  • Experience of working in the public health system is desirable

Minimal Educational requirements

(all degrees should be in health, laboratory or public health-related field from an accredited university):

  • A medical, veterinary or dentistry degree; OR
  • A doctorate degree in a medical/health-related field; OR
  • A master’s degree in a medical or health-related field; OR
  • An honour’s/bachelor’s degree with prior research experience

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Please note that a B Tech degree does not fulfill the minimum educational requirements of the University of Pretoria, the University of the Witwatersrand and the SAFETP.

For the University of Pretoria:

Candidates applying for the MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics degree must hold an appropriate Honors or Masters degree that includes at least two full courses in epidemiology and two full courses in biostatistics. The University of Pretoria’s BSc Hons Epidemiology and Biostatistics programme is designed to fulfill these requirements.

Key requirements:

Applicants must be

  • Registered with their respective professional bodies
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for use in communication, word processing, analysis, presentation and report generation. Knowledge of a statistical package will be an advantage
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive a hired car
  • Provide proof of current physical residential address for future purposes of Domicilium citandi et executandi.

Application Deadline: July 31st, 2022

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme

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