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PHFP-FET Fellowship Application Deadline Extended to September 1, 2016. The process of shortlisting of potential candidates is ongoing. Short-listed candidates will be notified when the process is completed, preferably before September 16, 2016. Individuals who responded to the earlier call that closed on July 22, 2016 need not re-apply.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in partnership with Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implementing the Public Health Fellowship Program (PHFP), an initiative to develop the next generation of public health leadership for Uganda. The goal of this program is to develop a competent workforce by learning-through-service and responding to real public health problems of Uganda. The PHFP has four objectives:

  1. Training: Develop a workforce competent in applied epidemiology and other cross-cutting aspects of public health practice
  2. Service: Fill gaps and perform essential functions in public health practice within priority technical units and programs at national and sub-national levels
  3. Advocacy: Establish/reinforce substantive public health specialist cadres at national, regional/district levels and ensure dedicated funding to sustain the capacity building efforts
  4. Networking: Strengthen collaborations across various tiers of the health sector, other national and regional stakeholders

The PHFP is offered in five tracks, namely: Field Epidemiology Track (FET) Program; Laboratory Systems Track; Health Informatics Track; Health Economics Track (Program Effectiveness) and Monitoring and Evaluation Track.

The FET is a 2-year training-through-service program in applied epidemiology and public health leadership. Fellows develop competencies by providing valuable public health services to the Ministry of Health and District Health Teams; 80% of the fellows' time will be spent on field projects with supervision and mentorship provided by MoH, U.S. CDC and MakSPH, with an anticipated 20% spent in interactive didactic training. Competency domains include field epidemiology (public health surveillance, outbreak investigation, and applied epidemiologic investigation), communications, public health programming, and management and leadership. Fellows will prove development of these competencies by completing a portfolio of projects in each of these domains. Fellows will serve in priority technical units of the Ministry of Health, regional or district health agencies to complete this portfolio under the supervision and mentorship of national and international subject-area experts.

The FET aims at training transformative leaders in health who are analytical in thinking, who can work effectively in teams and who can integrate inter-disciplinarity in their work. The training methodology takes on a hands-on approach that is guided by four main domains (applied epidemiology, effective communication, public health programming and leadership and management). For each domain, Fellows must demonstrate multiple competencies by executing projects to address public health priorities in Uganda.

The first cohort of ten (10) FET Fellows was enrolled in January 2015 while the second cohort of ten (10) Fellows was enrolled in January 2016. Fellows in the first cohort will be completing their Fellowship at the end of this year while those in the second cohort have completed the introductory courses and are now hosted at the central Ministry of Health or its affiliate institutions. In 2017, the program will offer ten (10) Fellowships in Field Epidemiology, tenable at MakSPH. FET Program Fellows will be attached to priority technical units of the Ministry of Health, regional health services and/or district health services. During the field attachment, the Fellow will be placed under the guidance of a host mentor, and also receive mentorship from the PHFP Secretariat, and from senior technical experts at MakSPH, MOH and CDC.

The FET builds upon the rich tradition of capacity-building at MakSPH. Since 1994, MakSPH has been conducting Master's level training in Public Health and Health Services Research; training over 300 public health officers who occupy positions of responsibility at different levels of the public health system in Uganda. In 2002, MakSPH initiated the MakPH-CDC Fellowship Program aimed at enhancing leadership and management capacity of health program managers and leaders in Uganda. This capacity building program has trained over 85 Fellows in leadership and management of health programs, with over 90% of the graduates occupying senior leadership positions in Uganda and elsewhere. Additional information about the PHFP in general and the FET in particular can be obtained from the Training Manager, MakSPH-CDC Fellowship Program, Makerere University School of Public Health; telephone: 0414 533 958; email:

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Posted 23rd, June 2016
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