Level II or Intermediate training promotes the development and application of more in-depth field epidemiology skills. Advanced topics are taught under the nine core domains from Level I and an additional domain, “Teaching and Mentoring” is introduced at Level II to promote programme sustainability. Graduates from this level are expected to be future programme mentors.
In terms of field competency products, graduates are expected to undertake outbreak investigation and surveillance reports using analytical statistics, as well as, conduct a health system evaluation and design a study protocol. The field work required to produce these products should be initiated at the commencement of the programme, and participants are expected to work on the products when they are back at their jobs between training courses. Intermediate training takes place over a year and involves both classroom training (20%) and fieldwork (80% on the Job).
Level II involves 28 days of face-to-face training or online/blended didactic sessions, over a 12-month period (48 Weeks). If the face-to-face modality is solely used there are 4 training modules lasting 6 working days, a one-day field trip and a 3-day field assignment review workshop. The four primary training modules are held two months apart. In between training modules, trainees return to their usual work locations, and carry out fieldwork assignments in addition to their routine job responsibilities.