In collaboration with EMPHNET, the Jordan Ministry of Health (MoH) is implementing the Public Health Empowerment Program-Basic Field Epidemiology (PHEP-BFE) for Primary Health Care (PHC) Physicians in the country. This is a three-month, in-service training program designed to strengthen the MoH epidemiologic capacity by improving the participants’ knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of surveillance, outbreak investigation, and emergency response.
The PHEP-BFE Training Curriculum consists of three workshops and two field work periods. The first workshop of the program, Basic Epidemiology and Surveillance, was conducted at the MoH headquarters from July 9 to July 20, 2017.
Facilitated by GHD/EMPHNET and the MoH team members, the PHEP-BFE first cohort’s 26 residents were trained for two weeks on the basic skills needed to conduct effective public health surveillance. In addition to sessions focusing on basic epidemiology, basic statistics, and public health surveillance; two case studies, one on Brucellosis and another the Avian Flu, were also discussed.
In the closing session, participants were informed about the field tasks they are expected to commence following the training workshop, and they were also officially introduced to their respective mentors who will supervise these tasks.
This training program is expected to help the MoH in building the capacity of its workforce, particularly primary health care physicians working at the provincial and district levels in basic epidemiological tools and public health surveillance. In turn, this can contribute to filling the gaps resulting from shortages in qualified manpower in certain parts of the country.