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If you are interested in epidemiology and public health, make your application to participate in the South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme for 2016.

The growing field of public health and epidemiology 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.

The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is requesting applications for the incoming 2016 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 2016 cohort will begin in January 2016 and end in December 2017.

The training will develop 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), 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 within the South African government at various levels, who plan to take study leave to participate in the programme and 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 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, 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 two years of training – salaries/stipends, university registration and tuition fees, accommodation, travel and accommodation to investigate outbreaks – by their respective governments.

Work experience requirements:
• Professional experience in a health field or other fields relevant to health;
• Experience of working in the public health system is desirable.

Minimal educational requirements (all degrees should be in a health, laboratory or public health related field from an accredited university):
• A medical, veterinary or dentistry degree; or
• A doctorate degree in a medical/health related field; or
• A master’s degree in a medical or health related field; or
• An honour’s/bachelor’s degree with prior research experience.

Please note that a B Tech degree does not fulfill the minimum educational requirements of the University of Pretoria and the SAFETP.

Key requirements:
Applicants must:
• Be registered with their respective professional bodies
• Be fluent in spoken and written English
• Be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook for use in communication, word processing, analysis, presentation and report generation
• Have a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a hired car
• Provide proof of current physical residential address for future purposes of Domicilium citandi et executandi.

How to apply:
1. If you meet all the requirements, download and complete the application and two reference forms that are available on our website:
2. Additional forms/documents required are:
a. Certified copies of qualification certificates
b. Statement of Purpose: In 700 words or less describe your career goals and your interest in applying for this programme
c. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
d. Results of the National Bench Mark Test. Please visit the website of National Bench Mark Test via the website: and Tel: +27 (0)21 650 3523 for more information on dates and venues of the test
e. Non-South Africans who are accepted must do the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have their original degrees accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
f. Proof of the online application from the university – follow the process for applying online.

All these completed forms should be submitted to: SAFETP via: Athalia Mathatho, e-mail or
You may also hand deliver the above application forms to Athalia Mathatho, SAFETP Administration Office, Room L6, PRF Reception Building, NICD, No 1 Modderfontein Road, Sandringham, Johannesburg.
For enquiries or more information please contact:
Athalia Mathatho, e-mail or

Closing date: 31 July 2015

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 six weeks of the closing date, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. For further information please visit the website.

Last Updated on 5 August 2015 by HPCSA Corporate Affairs