Rapid cultural, economic and technological developments have brought about dramatic changes to Saudi community with regard to causes and proportions of diseases as well as mortality rates. These developments have led to a change in the pattern of diseases from infectious diseases, which were previously prevalent to chronic diseases, malignant tumors, mental disorders, road accidents, in addition to the emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
The Ministry's Agency for Public Health seeks to continuously develop health services in line with global scientific developments. In this regard, .....
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) is one of the main teaching activity of FETP. DFE is a postgraduate Diploma awarded by King Saud University College of Medicine - Riyadh and is recognized as equivalent to a Masters Degree by Saudi Council for Health Specialities, Ministry of Health and Bureau of Civil Services.
Since the beginning of the Program, FETP is regularly participating in the Hajj. Each year epidemiological team of FETP comprising of faculty members and DFE residents, as part of the preventive medicine team of MOH visit Makkah and Minna. The team conduct field studies and participate in epidemiologic investigation and surveillance of health problems during hajj.
FETP regularly organizes short training courses in different regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These include Basic Epidemiology, Research Methodologies, Epidemiological Studies, Health research Data Management using EPI Info and SPSS. These are 3-5 days trainings which cover a wide range of health professionals of the Ministry of Health including medical consultants, specialist, physicians, health inspectors, technicians and other technical staff.
Out break investigation is one of he important Field activity of FETP. Any outbreak in the Kingdom is also notified to FETP where FETP outbreak team respond immediately. The team also include one or two DFE residents who actively participate in the investigation under supervision of the senior staff. This provides a hands on experience of the DFE residents to conduct such investigation. The outbreak report is prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Health immediately.