Core Programme Clusters

Communicable Diseases and Disease Surveillance

Field Epidemiology Training Programme


A “learning by doing” programme at the service of India’s health system

The master of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) - Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP)


National Institute of Epidemiology (Indian Council of Medical Research) Chennai, India


Prof. Gupte reviewing results of an investigation with Dr Martolia, MAE-FETP graduate 2003

The MAE-FETP of the National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE, Indian Council of Medical Research) was initiated in 2001 under the leadership of Prof. Mohan Gupte, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USA and WHO. MAE-FETP is an off-campus course of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Tiruvanathapuram, Kerala, an institute of National importance. The programme has now matured and contributed to the strengthening of the Indian public health system. This document summarizes key achievements in the field of (1) outbreak investigations, (2) surveillance, (3) operational research, (4) health systems and (5) training methodology.

It frames future perspectives and challenges and provides a summary of the scientific work presented at international conferences and meetings.


MAE -FETP from NIE-ICMR, Chennai: Key facts and figures



The 2006 class in Andhra Pradesh for the Chikungunya field exercise

Cohorts to date





2 years

Time in field





Medical Council of India

Core and associate faculty



*     Benchmarking new standards for outbreak investigations

*     Surveillance data analyzed and used for action

*     Operational research to serve policy makers with information

*     Evidence and information to strengthen health systems

*     Quality assurance in training

*     Remaining challenges and future perspectives

*      Manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals

*     Presentations at international meetings








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