The Department of Health is seeking health professionals who want to become field epidemiologists or 'disease detectives'.

Those who want a bit more challenge in their career can apply for the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) conducted by the Department of Health (DOH). Once they successfully complete the two-year competency-based training, they will "become competent epidemiologists called upon to quickly respond to health threats across the country."

Training includes collection, analysis and interpretation of data for evidence-based decision-making to address health threats nationwide. The field epidemiologists will form a pool, members of whom can be deployed anytime to anywhere in the country where a threatening health situation is reported.

The FETP is looking to place epidemiologists in both regional and local levels. Members of the team become first responders in times of outbreaks and when there are public health threats in and out of the country.

There have been 113 graduates of the programme that have been spread across the country. But more are needed.

The call is for health professionals such as physicians, nurses, veterinarians and medical technologists with two years of work experience and already hold a permanent government position. They should be between the ages of 25 to 45.

More importantly, the DOH said graduates of the FETP "must be willing to provide a four-year return service to the Philippine government" after competing the two-year course.

FETP programme officials will accept requirements for FETP Batch 29 until January 31, after which, screening will commence.

Requirements include an accomplished FETP Application Form, a letter of intent addressed to Epidemiology Bureau (EB) Director, Irma L. Asuncion, MD, MHA, CESO IV, as well as letters of endorsement, a photocopy of diploma and Board Exam Results and two passport size photos.

The application form can be downloaded from the FETP website. MIMS