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Australia Program receives TEPHINET accreditation

SAFETYNET extends its heartfelt congratulations to the Australian National University (ANU) for receiving TEPHINET accreditation for its Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. This MAE program is the Australian equivalent of the Field Epidemiology Training Programs, and is currently the second FETP in the region, after the Philippines program, to be accredited with TEPHINET.

This distinction was accorded to ANU’s applied epidemiology program in Maputo, Mozambique on November 14 to 16 by the Global Accrediting Body that convenes periodically for this purpose. Other recipients of TEPHINET accreditation at the recent convening of the body are the Colombia Field Epidemiology Training Program, the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, the South Africa Field Epidemiology Training Program, and the Tanzania Field Epidemiology Training Program.

ANU’s Masters in Applied Epidemiology is a research degree that provides Australia with a valuable skilled manpower resource in meeting the country’s obligations under the International Health Regulations. With emphasis on learning-by-doing, the program teaches scholars epidemiology in the field, through coursework and participation in a field placement, such as a health department. Scholars and graduates of the two-year research degree have been at the forefront of 300 outbreak investigations and have established or evaluated many surveillance systems, including the national notifiable disease surveillance system.

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