Frequently Asked Questions

What is MediPIET?

MediPIET (“Further Development and Consolidation of the Mediterranean Programme on Intervention Epidemiology Training”) is a project funded by the European Commission and the DG for International Cooperation and Development under the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace, CBRN CoE Project 36. The project is led by the Consortium FIIAPP-ISCIII, with the scientific leadership of ECDC. The MediPIET project is aimed at consolidating a competent workforce in intervention epidemiology to carry out essential public health functions for prevention and control of national and cross-border challenges posed by communicable diseases and other health threats enhancing the biological aspect of CBRN CoE.

What are the objectives of the project?

The overall objective of the project is to enhance health security in the Mediterranean region by supporting capacity building for prevention and control of natural or man-made threats to health posed by communicable diseases through the implementation of a long-term regional FETP (Field Epidemiology Training Programme).

What is an FETP?

A Field Epidemiology Training Programme is a 2-year competency-based fellowship programme (supervised learning-by-doing) and provides training and practical experience in intervention epidemiology. Fellows are trained in national or regional centres for surveillance and control of communicable diseases. The programme is aimed at health professionals with previous experience in public health wanting to work in field epidemiology.

What countries are involved in the network?

18 countries are participating in the project: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo[1], Lebanon, Libya, FYROM, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine. In addition 3 EU countries are part of the network: Spain, France and Greece. And finally 2 countries participate as observers: Israel and Turkey.

[1] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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What is a Training Site?

A MediPIET Training Site is a training centre located at a national public health institution with public health function in communicable diseases surveillance and response, which has been approved by MediPIET programme as site hosting fellows and providing supervisors.

What is a Fellow?

A person that underwent the process for MediPIET fellow application and therefore follows the 2-year learning-by-doing training programme. The fellow must be junior/mid-career professional working in a public health institution of the partner country.

What is a Supervisor?

The Supervisor is the person among the staff of the MediPIET training site directly in charge of the on-job training of the fellow. One main supervisor is designated, who can be assisted by back up supervisor(s). In addition, temporary project supervisors are included when necessary depending on the project topics.

What is the role of the Scientific Coordinator?

A Scientific Coordinator is in charge of the overall scientific coordination of the training programme including, among others, conducting training modules, developing and evaluating training material, supervising the fellows, recommending International assignments to fellows.

What is the Annual Scientific Conference?

The MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference is a yearly gathering of all stakeholders (partners) of the training programme and other involved audience in order to share knowledge, experiences and progress of the training program and the intervention epidemiology in the Mediterranean region. It provides a dedicated platform for MediPIET fellows, supervisors and other experts to present their work to broad scientific and pedagogical audience. The first MediPIET Annual Scientific Conference was held in Skopje, FYROM, from the 16th to the 19th November 2015, and the second one will be held in Marrakesh from the 6th to the 8th December 2016.