Overview

The NICD offers a variety of training programmes in the different areas of public health, including Field Epidemiology Training. The NICD is a valuable resource available to all South African universities and provides training for medical registrars, intern medical scientists and intern medical technologists in public health-oriented communicable diseases. The NICD in addition, offer opportunities to train in unique settings such as the biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories.

INTERN SCIENTIST TRAINING PROGRAMME

The NICD is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South (HPCSA) to train Medical Scientist Interns in the following categories/disciplines: Immunology, Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Biology.

FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAMME (FETP)

Field Epidemiology Training Programmes (FETP) have been established in over 55 countries globally. These programs are based on the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2-year residency training program in applied epidemiology, which commenced in the 1950’s.

THREE-WEEK COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ROTATION

To expose senior microbiology, virology, clinical pathology, public health or infectious disease registrars or specialists to essential knowledge about communicable disease diagnosis, surveillance and outbreak response functions;

FETP FRONTLINE COURSE

An in-service programme focused on detecting and responding to diseases and events of public health importance and that of international concern.. Participants learn and practice the fundamental skills used in frontline surveillance, including the use of case definitions, disease detection and reporting.

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