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 2011.
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 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.
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 languages.
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-7 Training Portal
Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), Assistant Agency for Preventive Health, Agency for
Public Health, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.