Partnerships in International Applied Epidemiology Training and Service, 1975–2001

Author (s): 

Mark E. White,1 Sharon M. McDonnell,1 Denise H.Werker,2,3 Victor M. Cardenas,3,4 and Stephen B. Thacker1

 

In 1951 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the Epidemic Intelligence Service to provide
training and epidemiologic service on the model of a clinical residency program. By January 2001, an additional
28 applied epidemiology and training programs (AETPs) had been implemented around the globe (with over 945
graduates and 420 persons currently in training). Field Epidemiology Training Programs and Public Health
Schools Without Walls are the most common models. Applied epidemiologists, or field epidemiologists, use
science as the basis for intervention programs designed to improve public health. AETPs train people by
providing them with health competencies through providing service to public health intervention programs and
strengthening health systems. AETPs are relatively expensive to create and maintain, but they are highly
sustainable and can produce immediate benefits. Of the 19 programs that began before 1997, 18 (95%)
continue to produce graduates. The Training Programs in Epidemiology for Public Health Interventions Network
was organized in 1997 to provide support, peer review, and quality assurance for AETPs. In 2001, new programs
are planned or in development in India, Argentina, China, and Russia. Am J Epidemiol 2001;154:993–9.
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