Up to now (Dec 2010), 269 fellows have been accepted in the training, 191 have completed their fellowship, and 64 are currently completing their training in EPIET and the closely affiliated German, Norwegian, Austrian and Slovenian FETP.
The size of EPIET cohorts has increased ECDC started funding the fellowships. This has been illustrated in the article from Viviane Bremer http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=19374.
For more information on how graduated EPIET fellows (alumni) contribute to the EU work force, please read the article in Eurosurveillance by Arnold Bosman.
The EPIET Alumni Network (EAN) was created to help develop and maintain a network of European public health epidemiologists that have participated in the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) or other European Field Epidemiology Training Programmes (FETP).
EAN aims to be a resource for EPIET and for European public health with the objectives to:
Assist in the maintenance and development of contacts between members to create strong integration within and between past and current European EPIET and FETP cohorts of fellows;
Share and exchange professional experiences, information and skills among members;
Constitute and enable access to a pool of expertise of trained European field epidemiologists, who can provide epidemiological and public health expertise for members, their organisations, and other public and private organisations.
Take part and assist in the promotion, development and delivery of training in field epidemiology and public health;
Assist at European field epidemiology meetings such as the ESCAIDE;
Provide support at local level to European EPIET and FETP fellows, including practical and technical assistance (in a complementary manner without interference with supervision) and including mentoring where appropriate.
Link to EAN website