DOST to implement yearlong fellowship in epidemiology program

Published October 21, 2021, 2:24 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Seeking to address gaps in public health, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) has urged researchers to participate in its yearlong Fellowship in Epidemiology Program.


The program will be implemented in cooperation with the Philippine National Health Research System Capacity Building Committee (PNHRS CBC) and University of the Philippines-College of Public Health.

“We are looking for epidemiology fellows! If you wish to gain necessary knowledge and skills in conducting quantitative public health research, join this one-year program now,” read the DOST-PCHRD’s Facebook post.

The PCHRD described the program as a crucial step to capacitate health researchers in epidemiology in order for them to contribute in addressing gaps in public health.

“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,” it said in a statement.

The Council said the one-year course is designed to help the fellows develop the necessary knowledge and skills in conducting quantitative public health research.

The fellowship program aims to conduct intensive training in epidemiology for fellows; and develop a pool of experts with the appropriate knowledge and skills to conduct quantitative public health research.

Eligibility criteria

The PCHRD said the applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

-Must be a Filipino citizen;

-Not more than 50 years old at the time of application;

-Be willing to submit medical certification on physical and mental fitness;

-Have a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, health social sciences, public health, or any health-related course with Biostatistics and population research in the curriculum (a master’s degree in any health-related course, doctor of medicine, and/or background in Biostatistics is an advantage);

-Have at least 1 year of relevant experience in public health work, and 4 hours of relevant training;

-Pass the exam, interview, and other screening procedures;

-Be willing to render the required service obligation equivalent to the length of time the program was enjoyed; and

-Must have a full-time commitment to the fellowship and must not engage in any form of employment (If employed, must be officially on leave from work) and not enrolled in any degree program during the fellowship period

Successful applicants are expected to receive the following scholarship privileges: monthly stipend amounting to P 25,000, research grant, and

capacity building grant which may be used for attendance to local/international conferences in order to present (poster/oral) the research they have completed during the program.

Selection Process

The fellows shall be selected based on the following selection process:

Technical Exam – Applicants shall take a technical exam which consists of multiple choice and essay-type questions to assess their existing technical knowledge on quantitative public health research.

Assessment of Written Work – Applicants shall submit a sample of their written technical output (i.e., research paper, research brief, or any technical document) for assessment of their technical writing skills.

Panel Interview – Applicants who passed the technical exams and have an acceptable written work shall be interviewed by a panel composed of representatives from DOST-PCHRD, PNHRS, UP–College of Public Health, and other relevant stakeholders.

The PCHRD advised Interested applicants to send their curriculum vitae (CV) to [email protected] until Oct. 30, 2021 as initial expression of interest.

For more additional details, they may email [email protected]