Call For Applications - 2017
South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme:
Call for applicants – 2017 intake
The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is requesting applications for the incoming 2017 class from qualified health professionals with an interest in public health and commitment to public service.
SAFETP is jointly sponsored by the National Department of Health (NDOH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), the University of Pretoria (UP) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The programme is a combination of didactic and practical training in which the resident is grounded in the academic basics of public health and is assigned to field sites where s/he learns by doing while being mentored by supervisors in projects that address key public health priorities.
This residency programme is a two year, full time training, from which residents graduate with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pretoria. The 2017 cohort will begin in January 2017 and end in December 2018.
The growing field of public health and epidemiology in South Africa and globally brings exciting opportunities for graduates and professionals from health related fields to become competent in applied epidemiology of diseases and conditions relevant to South Africa. It also develops their leadership and management skills relevant to public health system strengthening and management. The training focuses on investigations of public health outbreaks (an acute health event or other epidemiological activity) and using epidemiology and biostatistics to conduct descriptive and analytical studies.
Bursaries/stipends may be available for select South African applicants fulfilling predefined criteria. South African applicants working currently within the South African government at various levels, who plan to take study leave to participate in the programme and afterwards return to their workplace, must have written approval from their departments for the entire two years. NICD / NDOH staff that have been funded and granted study leave will be required to continue working for the NICD/ NDOH respectively for at least two (2) years after completing the MPH programme.
South Africans and permanent residents who are funded by their employers must ensure that this funding covers their salaries/stipends, university registration and tuition fees for the two year training period.
For applicants applying from other African countries - the eligibility requirements still apply and the international applicant must have the required visa and permissions to study in South Africa. The applicants must ensure that all the costs related to participation in SAFETP are fully covered for the 2 years of training – salaries/stipends, university registration and tuition fees, accommodation, travel and accommodation to investigate outbreaks - by their respective governments.
Work experience requirements
Minimal Educational requirements (all degrees should be in a health, laboratory or public health related field from an accredited university):
Please note that a B Tech degree does not fulfill the minimum educational requirements of the University of Pretoria and the SAFETP.
How to apply
All these completed forms should be submitted to: SAFETP via: Gloria Motshudi, e-mail email@example.com or GloriaMo@nicd.ac.za and firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also hand deliver the above application forms to Gloria Motshudi, SAFETP Administration Office, Room L6, PRF Reception Building, NICD, No 1 Modderfontein Road, Sandringham, Johannesburg.
For enquiries or more information please contact:
Gloria Motshudi, e-mail email@example.com or GloriaMo@nicd.ac.za
Closing date: 31 July 2016
It is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been received by SAFETP. Non-certified copies of qualifications will not be considered, neither will those received after the closing date. Reference checks will be conducted. All applications that meet the above requirements and received before the closing date will be acknowledged and given a reference number.
Correspondence will be made with short listed candidates only. If you have not heard from SAFETP within 6 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. For further information please visit the website: