Pakistan Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program (P-FELTP)

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Efforts towards the establishment of the Pakistan FELTP began in 2003 when the Government of Pakistan engaged in planning discussions with the CDC. The FELTP was officially established in 2005 with funding from USAID. The first cohort was enrolled into the FELTP, within the Pakistan National Institute of Health (NIH).  A full time resident advisor was assigned and a year later the program launched its first training round. The program’s aim is to strengthen disease surveillance and outbreak response.

Today, the program works to enhance health systems capacity in disease surveillance and response.  The Pakistan FELTP is implemented by the CDC in collaboration with NIH and other institutional partners. The program is hosted within NIH and the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC).

The program offers a two-year in-service training covering a curriculum for applied field epidemiology. The FELTP also organizes short courses designed to increase the surveillance and outbreak skills of public health officials in Pakistan.

The FELPT courses consist of 25% class work and 75% field placement at Pakistan’s Disease Surveillance and Response Unit (PDSRU). Trainees are assigned to positions that provide epidemiologic services to the Department of Health at the NHSRC.  The field trainings are offered in areas of outbreak investigations, support for setting up surveillance systems, public health emergency response, surveillance systems evaluations, and field studies.

The Pakistan FELPT is pursuing recognition as an affiliate program of the University of Health Sciences in Lahore, with its curriculum counting as a Master of Science in Field Epidemiology.