ICMR School of Public Health

 
About the course

ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), Chennai, is one of the premier Institutes of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) under the Department of Health Research, Government of India. The Institute’s vision is to be a catalyst for a vibrant national health system through responsive research, education, and training in epidemiology and public health.

The Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) hosted by ICMR-NIE is aimed at preparing public health professionals in India for leadership positions at the district, state, and national levels.

The applications open from 07 April 2021
Course Duration Target audience
India Epidemic Intelligence Service 2 years
  • Regular Employees of Central / State health systems
  • MBBS Degree with 3 years’ experience
  • FETP Noncommunicable disease Fellowship 2 years
  • Regular State / District employees working in NCD programme
  • MBBS Degree with at least one-year experience
  • Intermediate-FETP-Noncommunicable disease 1 year
  • MBBS/BDS/AYUSH/Master’s degree in epidemiology or public health with any background from a recognized institution
  • At least one-year work experience
  • Courses offered

    India Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

    India Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

    Course brochure


  • Service: Regular employees of the Central/State Health Service or equivalent (autonomous bodies or undertakings) permitted by their employer for the program
  • Age: Maximum age of 50 years as on Jan 1, 2021
  • Essential Qualification: MBBS degree (from a recognized institution) with three years’ work experience in infectious disease program/project
  • Affiliation to District or State Infectious Disease program/project:
    1. The candidate should be either working in an infectious disease program/ project (e.g., IDSP) at the district or state level at the time of nomination (OR)
    2. The government should be willing to depute the candidate to state/district IDSP cell for the duration of training (2 years)


  • It is a part-time-in-service program with a minimum duration of two years. If candidates cannot complete all the Core Activities of Learning (CALs), the maximum duration will be three years.


    A certificate of completion, jointly signed by ICMR-NIE, India; and CDC, will be awarded to the Officer at the end of two years on completing all Core Activities of Learning (CALs).


    NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION

    The last date for receipt of nominations at ICMR-NIE is 10th May 2021. The nomination letter should indicate the state's willingness to permit the employee to enroll in the two-year part-time program if selected. The candidates will continue to do their duties in the parent department with full salary during the training period. The nominated candidates may submit their applications online from the Institute’s Website: www.nie.gov.in

    INDIA EIS (ICMR-NIE hub)

    The India Epidemic Intelligence Service Program (EIS), a Government of India initiative, is modeled on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). India EIS Program is a joint venture between India and the USA, is aimed at preparing public health professionals in India for leadership positions at the district, state, and national levels. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, International Health Division, Government of India, vide OM No: GHSA/WFD/1/2016-GHSA Project Cell/IH dated 26th December 2016, has decided to create the South hub of India EIS at ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology in collaboration with the CDC.

    EIS MODEL

    The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was founded in 1951. The program aims to provide epidemiologic services and develop a cadre of experienced epidemiologists for INDIA EIS-ICMR-NIE 2 that country. This two-year program for public health professionals focuses on hands-on training in epidemiologic service to investigate outbreaks; design, conduct, and analyze epidemiological studies; analyze surveillance data and evaluate the systems; communicate their finding in various forums and engage in other activities that prepare them for careers as practicing field epidemiologists. Many EIS officers have become leaders at CDC (including the previous CDC Director), WHO, Schools of public health, and other agencies and institutions.

    OBJECTIVES OF INDIA EIS PROGRAM

  • Create highly competent field epidemiologists within the public health sector to strengthen infectious disease surveillance, prevention & control.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the public health system to manage public health emergencies through rapid outbreak response.
  • Facilitate a more integrated approach to public health practice through the integration of field and laboratory components.
  • During the course, officers will conduct the following activities and become proficient at  Conducting outbreak investigations
     Analyzing surveillance data and evaluating surveillance systems
     Conducting planned epidemiologic studies  Writing scientific abstracts and reports for peer-reviewed journals and public health bulletins  Preparing and delivering oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences.

    SELECTION PROCESS

    Through preliminary screening, candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria will be shortlisted by a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee will consider the candidate’s application, transcripts, and other documents submitted with the application. The candidates recommended by the Screening Committee will be interviewed and selected. Desirable qualities include:  Commitment to a career in public health in India  Ability to work independently and respond to supervision  Problem-solving aptitude; computer skills, and scientific writing ability

    FETP Noncommunicable Disease Fellowship

    FETP Noncommunicable Disease Fellowship

    Course brochure


  • Service: Regular employees of the Central/State Health Service or equivalent (autonomous bodies or undertakings) permitted by their employer for the program
  • Age: Maximum age of 50 years as on Jan 1, 2021
  • Essential Qualification: MBBS degree (from a recognized institution) with three years’ work experience in infectious disease program/project
  • Affiliation to District or State Infectious Disease program/project:
    1. Employees of the State Health Service working for at least three years in an NCD or related program/public health activities when being nominated by the department (or)
    2. Employees of UN health agencies for India or any registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the field of NCD for at least three years (or)
    3. If there is no suitable candidate in the State/District NCD cell, the Employer/Nominator may identify a suitable candidate for this program by assuring that the candidate will be placed in the NCD cell for the duration of training (2 years)


  • It is a part-time in-service program with a minimum duration of two years. If candidates are unable to complete the required Core Activities of Learning (CALs), the course duration may be extended by a maximum of one more year.


    A certificate of completion, jointly signed by ICMR-NIE, India; and CDC, will be awarded to the Officer at the end of two years on completing all Core Activities of Learning (CALs).


    NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION

    The last date for receipt of nominations at ICMR-NIE is 10th May 2021. The nomination letter should indicate the state's willingness to permit the employee to enroll in the two-year part-time program if selected. The candidates will continue to do their duties in the parent department with full salary during the training period. The nominated candidates may submit their applications online from the Institute’s Website: www.nie.gov.in

    FETP – NCD FELLOWSHIP

    ICMR-NIE has been conducting Field Epidemiology Training Programme - Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Fellowship program. This program is modeled on the India Epidemic Intelligence Service Programme (EIS), a Government of India initiative, in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is supported and funded by CDCIndia and CDC-Atlanta. The academic session for the year 2021 will commence from June 2021.

    OBJECTIVES OF FETP – NCD FELLOWSHIP

  • Create highly competent field epidemiologists with expertise in handling NCD epidemiological data
  • Strengthen the NCD service delivery by evaluating interventions & making data-driven decisions
  • Create efficient health officials who can lead the NCD control activities during public health emergencies
  • During the course, officers will conduct the following activities and become proficient at  Conducting surveillance data analysis of NCD intervention programs
     Conducting field or outbreak investigation
     Conducting planned epidemiologic studies
     Evaluating programs related to NCD
     Conducting planned epidemiologic studies  Writing scientific abstracts and reports for peer-reviewed journals and public health bulletins  Preparing and delivering oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences

    SELECTION PROCESS

    Through preliminary screening, candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria will be shortlisted by a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee will consider the candidate’s application, transcripts, and other documents submitted with the application. The candidates recommended by the Screening Committee will be interviewed and selected. Desirable qualities include:  Commitment to a career in public health in India  Ability to work independently and respond to supervision  Problem-solving aptitude; computer skills, and scientific writing ability

    ORGANIZATION OF TRAINING PROGRAM

    The salient feature of the training program is its approach of ‘learning by providing epidemiologic services.’ The training program provides both service and training, but the training is primarily “on the job” rather than in the classroom. The training's primary focus is to develop applied epidemiological skills under a mentor in the field assignment. Periodic short classroom courses are provided to prepare officers for their field duties. Regularly scheduled seminars offer opportunities for additional instruction, practice presentations, and team building.

    Intermediate FETP Noncommunicable disease

    Intermediate FETP Noncommunicable disease

    Course brochure


  • Service: Regular/contractual employees of the Central/State Health Service or equivalent (autonomous bodies or undertakings) permitted by their employer for the program
  • Age: No age limit
  • Essential Qualification: MBBS/BDS/AYUSH/Master’s degree in epidemiology or public health with any background from a recognized institution
  • Affiliation to NCD program/project:
    1. Employees of the State Health Service working at least one year in the NCD or related program/public health activities nominated by the department (or)
    2. Employees of UN Health Agencies for India or registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the field of NCD for at least one year (or)
    3. If there is no suitable candidate in the State/District NCD cell, the Employer/Nominator may identify a suitable candidate for this program by assuring that the candidate will be placed in the NCD cell during the course duration
  • Undertaking: Willingness expressed by the Officer to serve three years in NCD program/NCD related public health activities post-training


  • It is a part-time-in-service program with a minimum duration of one year. If candidates are unable to complete the required Core Activities of Learning (CALs), the course duration may be extended by six more months.


    A certificate of completion, jointly signed by ICMR-NIE, India, and CDC, will be awarded to the Officer on completing all planned Core Activities of Learning (CALs).


    NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION

    The last date for receipt of nominations at ICMR-NIE is 10th May 2021. The nomination letter should indicate the state's willingness to permit the employee to enroll in the two-year part-time program if selected. The candidates will continue to do their duties in the parent department with full salary during the training period. The nominated candidates may submit their applications online from the Institute’s Website: www.nie.gov.in

    INTERMEDIATE FETP NCD

    ICMR-NIE has initiated a new training program named Intermediate-Field Epidemiology Training Programme-Noncommunicable Diseases (I-FETP-NCD). This program is modeled on the India Epidemic Intelligence Service Programme (EIS) and Fellowship in FETP NCD, a Government of India initiative, in collaboration with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is supported and funded by CDC-India and CDC-Atlanta. The academic session for the year 2021 will commence from June 2021.

    OBJECTIVES OF I-FETP NCD

  • Enhance the skills and capacity of the State/District program officers on NCD epidemiology
  • Improve the quality and use of NCD surveillance and program data
  • Improve data collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication skills
  • Increase collection and use of public health data for decision-making
  • Strengthen capacity to respond to public health emergencies and threats During the course, officers will conduct the following activities and become proficient at  Conducting surveillance data analysis of NCD intervention programs
     Conducting field investigation (surveys) & evaluation studies for NCD related interventions  Conducting a survey (group project)  Planning and submitting District/State annual NPCDCS/NCD program implementation plan (PIP)
     Writing scientific abstracts, brief reports, and delivering oral presentations to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

    SELECTION PROCESS

    TThrough preliminary screening, candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria will be shortlisted by a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee will consider the candidate’s application, transcripts, and other documents submitted with the application. The candidates recommended by the Screening Committee will be interviewed and selected. Desirable qualities include:  Commitment to a career in public health in India  Ability to work independently and respond to supervision  Problem-solving aptitude; computer skills, and scientific writing ability

    ORGANIZATION OF TRAINING PROGRAM

    The salient feature of the training program is its approach of ‘learning by providing epidemiologic services.’ The training programme provides both service and training, but the training is primarily “on the job” rather than classroom teaching. The training's primary focus is to develop applied epidemiologic skills under a mentor in the field assignment. Periodic short classroom courses are provided to prepare officers for their field duties. Regularly scheduled seminars offer opportunities for additional instruction, practice presentations, and team building.

     India EIS Program Co-ordinator, ICMR School of Public Health, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, TNHB, Ayapakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 077.

     044-2613 6333

     nietraining@nieicmr.org.in

     www.nie.gov.in

     @icmr_nie