Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP)

This is a two year public health leadership training program in Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory Management and is designed as a long term program within the Ministry of Health. The course is a competency-based training that is a response to the inadequate capacity in Rwanda to respond to public health emergencies including disease outbreaks. Upon completion, FELTP residents are placed in leadership positions at various levels of both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animals.
The program emphasizes on problem solving skills among public health leaders to provide public health service to the national and sub-national health authorities and to create a culture of critical thinking.
The program offers two tracks: Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory Practice. Rwanda FELTP residents spend approximately 25% of their time in didactic sessions and 75% of the time on field. During their training, FELTP residents are expected to improve public health in Rwanda by conducting outbreak investigations and control, evaluating surveillance systems, conducting economic evaluations of public health programs and analyzing surveillance data.
Some of the Modules to be completed include: Basic Epidemiology, Public Health Surveillance and Field Epidemiology, Health Economics, Laboratory management, Policy and System design and Management of Public Health Emergencies.

Admission Criteria
Applicants should:
• Be graduates in the fields of Science, Public Health, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Production or Health, Biomedical Laboratory Science and Statistics.
• Have 3-5 years work experience in public or health related fields in the public sector such as public health related vertical programs/ planning/ management and policy positions at national level.
• Be Proficient in English
• Be Computer literate
• Be below the age of 45 years at the time of starting the course.