TEPHINET: A Global Network of Field Epidemiology Training Programs

First incorporated in 1997, Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is a global network of field epidemiology training programs (FETPs), trainees, and graduates. Currently, TEPHINET comprises 69 programs actively training field epidemiologists (also known as applied epidemiologists) in more than 100 countries.

TEPHINET member programs include those with laboratory and veterinary education components. Overall, TEPHINET comprises more than 10,000 trainees and 6,500 graduates who play a critical role in improving global health security by strengthening country capacity to detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

With a secretariat based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and a global Advisory Board, TEPHINET is the only global network of FETPs and spans multiple regional FETP networks, sub-regional programs, and national programs.


To empower and mobilize a competent field epidemiology workforce for all people through standardized training, experiential learning, training program quality improvement, mentoring, and knowledge exchanges in order to connect epidemiologists better, faster, and with quality across the globe.


All people are protected by a field epidemiology workforce capable of detecting and responding to health threats.

Key Work Areas

The TEPHINET Secretariat works on building FETP capacity through the following general work areas:

-Quality improvement of FETPs
-Communications and networking
-Scientific conferences
-Operational support to FETPs (this includes financial, administrative, human resources, and logistical support)
-Special initiatives to strengthen FETP activities (these are projects which may be tied to increasing FETP capacity to respond to different diseases or provide training in specific topic areas)
-Support to individual FETP trainees through mini-grants (small grants awarded to FETP trainees in support of a proposed project to strengthen local health surveillance activities)

For more information, visit www.tephinet.org or email secretariat@tephinet.org.

TEPHINET is a program of The Task Force for Global Health.

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