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Tasks and responsibilities

  • Training the health cadres working in the epidemiological survey field and the epidemiological surveillance for the infectious and non-infectious diseases, and other pressing national and international health problems.
  • Participating in training those joining the field epidemiological diploma and the public health Master's degree, epidemiology department, at King Saud University and the Saudi fellowship physicians of community medicine, in collaboration with the college of medicine of King Saud University and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
  • Studying the epidemiological outbreaks through conducting epidemiological surveys and other health problems that see a remarkable increase, and submitting a report on demonstrating their causes and the proper procedure for fighting them and not staging comeback.
  • Doing epidemiological studies for the pressing health problems at the level of the Saudi Arabia and regions; to reach practical programs curbing them in cooperation with the concerned bodies within and outside the Ministry of Health (MOH).
  • Annually participating with epidemiological team as part of the prevention medicine teams in the Hajj season; with the aim of training and conducting the field studies, and taking part in the epidemiological survey and surveillance for the health problems that could take place during the Hajj season.
  • Releasing an annual quarterly scientific bulletin entitling the Saudi epidemiological bulletin, aiming at publishing results of the field studies conducted by the Program; in order to benefit from them in improving on the epidemiological programs and developing activities of the disease monitoring and controlling them.
  • Preparing and setting standards; and assessing and improving on the epidemiological monitoring and surveillance related to the early detection for the communicable  and non- communicable diseases,  which is instrumental in identifying the changes with regard to the clinical and environmental patterns of the diseases.
  • Collaborating with the different sectors of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the health regions; to draw on the human and technical capabilities they have; with the aim of doing the epidemiological studies and the work of the epidemiological diseases control.
  • Providing consultation and technical expertise on the prevention fields and the health studies.
  • Preparing and developing reference information register on the epidemiology and the health problems on the Saudi Arabia.
  • Creating a network of centers for the epidemiological diseases control, and coordinating with them with the aim of conducting the epidemiological surveillance work; in order to control and treat them.
  • Forming and enhancing the rapid response epidemiological intervention teams for the epidemiological diseases that pose imminent risk to community; with the aim of control them and drawing up methods for eliminate them.
  • Coordinating internationally in the field of initiative implementing in terms of the field of disease preventing and their controlling, as well as benefitting from the best practices of the other states on the epidemiology field.
  • Collaborating with the global specialized organizations and institutions; in order to reach a professional level positively helping boost up the public health.
  • Preparing the annual budget project for the Program.
  • Making periodical reports on the activities of the Program, its achievements, and work development suggestions; and submitting them to the Deputy Minister for Public Health.
  • Any other tasks devolved to the Program within its purview.