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Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program

Affiliation: University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University

The Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) is a two-year training program aimed at improving public health systems in Nigeria through training of field epidemiologists and public health laboratorians and provision of epidemiological services. It was established in 2008, with support from the Division for Global Public Health Capacity Development in the Coordinating Office for Global Health at the US CDC, the Global AIDS Program in Nigeria, and the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria.

The NFELTP offers a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Field Epidemiology, Laboratory Epidemiology and Management, and Veterinary Epidemiology. The veterinary track was introduced to address the increasing threat of zoonotic and epizoonotic diseases in Nigeria. The NFELTP was the first program in the Network to offer this track. This enables veterinary epidemiologists to be trained alongside public health professionals to address the ever-growing threats of zoonotic and epizoonotic diseases to improve public health.

The program is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in Nigeria with technical and financial support provided by CDC and AFENET.

Other partners are: Division of Global Public Health Capacity Development (in the Coordinating Office of Global Health, CDC-Atlanta), National Center for Zoonotic Vector–Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED), World Health Organization (WHO) Nigeria.

Develop epidemiological capacity and provide service competency-based training program with 3 distinct tracks:
  1. Medical Epidemiology (ME)
  2. Veterinary Epidemiology (VE)
  3. Laboratory Epidemiology and Management (LMH)

To develop, implement and strengthen effective public health surveillance and response system with adequate numbers of competent personnel providing epidemiologic service, public health research and public health emergency response to all Nigerians.

To become a world class FELTP producing public health leaders and practitioners that can strengthen and lead public health systems to prevent and reduce morbidity and mortality from priority disease in Nigeria.


For more information about the NFELTP visit the program’s website