Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program
The Mozambique Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (MZ-FELTP) is a two-year, competency-based, post-graduate training (requires a master’s degree) and service program designed to build sustainable public health capacity in applied epidemiology. It was established in August 2010 by the Mozambican National Health Institute (INS) and Public Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health (MoH), in partnership with Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) Faculty of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support. Advanced-level training is a full-time course in which trainees spend 25 percent of their academic time attending classes and 75 percent in the field training and learning experientially. Field sites are strategic locations, such as the National Institute of Health, Provincial Health Departments, and National Programs (malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and others). Other locations include central, cross-cutting departments at the Ministry of Health (the epidemiology department and others) and reference laboratories at the National Institute of Health (tuberculosis, serology, microbiology, virology, and molecular biology), as well as other key areas related to health such as the Department of Animal Sciences. Trainees are also involved in outbreak investigation and response activities under the supervision of healthcare workers. Mozambique FELTP’s mission is to strengthen the public health system's capacities in the country in epidemiological surveillance, disease prevention and control, and rapid response to public health emergencies through properly trained and competent field epidemiologists and laboratories. The vision is to become a reference program for the training of epidemiologists and to provide support in the strengthening of the surveillance system. MZ-FELTP does this through timely and effective responses to public health emergencies and priorities at different levels of the health system in order to improve indicators of general health in the country.
Level: Advanced, Intermediate, Frontline