Established in 1989, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) FETP is the oldest FETP in the EMR. The program functions within the Preventative Medicine Department at the KSA MOH and was established to address the need for qualified epidemiologists at the national level. The program was designed to strengthen national public health capacity through a two-year post graduate training the field of epidemiology. Graduates are highly trained in the area of detecting and combating epidemics and improving preventative programs.
The KSA MOH Assistant Deputy Ministry of Preventive Medicine with the CDC and King Saud University developed the FETP; the program is conducted in collaboration with King Saud University and is accessible to medical school graduates. FETP Graduates receive a diploma in Field Epidemiology from King Saud University upon competition of the program’s requirements. The diploma is accredited as the equivalent of a master’s degree by Saudi Council for Health Specialties.
The KSA FETP is designed to enable graduates to use epidemiology in the pursuit of responding to existing and emerging health concerns. The two-year training is comprised of classroom component instructed through the King Saud University then followed by practical knowledge and training through field work and assignments.
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