Our SPC programme, in collaboration with partners of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), strives to develop capacity of the Pacific Island countries and territories in the area of data analysis, surveillance, epidemiology and operational research through Strenghtening Health Interventions in the Pacific – Data for Decision Making (SHIP-DDM) programme.
The SHIP-DDM programme is a 3-tier capacity development programme:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE),
- Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Epidemiology, and
- Masters in Applied Epidemiology.
All three programmes are accredited by Fiji National University (FNU).
The first level of the SHIP programme, known as the Data for Decision Making or DDM (now the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology), caught a lot of interest in the region.
More than 300 health officers from 15 Pacific Island Countries and Territories* have completed at least one module of this course at the end of 2020.
SHIP builds on the principle ‘from work, at work, for work’.
* American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Strengthening disease surveillance and response in Tuvalu
Upskilling Vanuatu health workers with epidemiology training