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Second Cohort EFELTP Students Graduated

 
A total of 22 students of the Ethiopian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (EFELTP) were graduated and received their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in field epidemiology from Addis Ababa University School of Public Health on Saturday July 7, 2012. 

This year, the program has graduated second cohort students who completed studying the two year long competency-based post-graduate training dedicated by going through a combination of 25% classroom learning and 75% on-the-job training and service. 
 
The EFELTP program was first initiated in 2009 with the aim to build sustainable public health expertise and capacity in partnership between the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute, Addis Ababa University School of Public Health, the Ethiopian Public Health Association and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Second Cohort EFELTP GraduatesThe goal of this program is to build public health capacity and improve the health of Ethiopia’s population by producing a highly trained cadre of public health epidemiologists who will work on priority issues in the country, strengthen the public health system, and enhance human resource infrastructure while providing essential public health expertise and service to their hosting health unit.

According to the information obtained from the project staff, the EFELTP has been providing valuable opportunities to improve epidemiology and laboratory capacity building in Ethiopia. Though the program is relatively young, its positive and significant results  are already contributing to assist the country better detect and respond to epidemics by addressing diseases of major public health significance.