What is Epi Info™?
Epi Info is statistical software for handling epidemiological
research data. The software is designed and developed by
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, USA. Epi
Info is a key component in public health education at
colleges, universities, and other schools of public health
around the world.
Epi info most comonly used for developing small to medium
size disease surveillance systems, response activities,
outbreak investigations and other epidemiologic studies. It
has been estimated that Epi Info software is being used in
more than 181 countries of the world and there are more
than one million users of Epi Info worldwide. Various
translation of this software is also available and at present
this software is transaled in more than 13 diffenet
Epi Info software is not a new software. It has a history of
more than 25 years. The first verion of this software was
released in 1985. It was DOS based version according to the
available operating system at that time. First Windows
version was released in Year 2000. Epi Info-7 is the Latest
release of Epi Info from CDC. This is one of the major
enhancements over its previous version of Epi Info 3.5.3
with a totally new platform and many new features.
Epi Info Trainings by FETP
The Training and Development Section of Field Epidemiology Training Program
(FETP) has designed five days short training courses on Basic and Advanced
Data Management using Epi Info 3.5.x and Epi Info-7 software. These training
courses are mainly for the employees of Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, focusing mainly on the public health professionals with main objective
to enhance the skills of the participants for Health Data Mangement and
Analysis. FETP, in collaboration with the Training Department of the Ministry of
Health is conducting these courses in different regions of the Kingdom since
In the Year 2013, a series of six training courses were approved by the Training
Department of the Ministry of Health for the regions of Najran, Asir, Qasim,
Baha, Taif and Riyadh. For the year 2014, four training courses were approved
for the regions of Madinah, Jeddah, Al-Ahsa and Al-Khubar. In 2015 and 2016,
three courses were conducted for Makkah, Hafr-ul-Batin and Jeddah Region. All
courses were successfully conducted. New courses for the year 2017 are being
planned for other regions of the Kingdom. The schedule for these will be
announced after formal approval from the Training department of MOH.
Epi Info-7 Training Portal
Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), Preventive Medicine Department,
Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Epi Info Mobile Data Collection
Epi Info™ mobile apps bring many of the features of Epi
Info™ for Windows onto Android and iOS mobile platforms.
Epidemiologists can calculate sample sizes, collect data, and
perform analysis using their smartphones or tablets to
investigate outbreaks, respond to emergencies, or conduct
public health research in locations lacking IT infrastructure.
Data collection forms can be designed using Epi Info™ for
Windows and emailed to users of mobile devices. The apps
will load the forms and allow users to immediately collect
data in the field.