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The complexity of managing COVID-19 pandemic revealed the need for more researchers working in the field of public health. Public health research utilizes quantitative methods which combine the disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics. Epidemiologic research is needed to ensure that public health measures and policies are data-driven and evidence-based.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in cooperation with the Philippine National Health Research System Capacity Building Committee (PNHRS CBC) and University of the Philippines - College of Public Health will implement the one-year Fellowship in Epidemiology Program. The program is a crucial step to capacitate health researchers in this discipline in order for them to contribute in addressing gaps in public health.

Objectives
The one-year course is designed to help the Fellows develop the necessary knowledge and skills in conducting quantitative public health research. Aligned with the DOST-PCHRD’s mission to develop and strengthen capacity for health research, the Fellowship Program aims to:
  1.  Develop the knowledge and skills of young researchers in quantitative methods in public health research;
  2. Conduct intensive training in Epidemiology for fellows; and
  3. Develop a pool of experts with the appropriate knowledge and skills to conduct quantitative public health research.