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Network strengthening

ECDC provides support to the EU Member States in the area of infection prevention and control training:

 

  • Identifying skills and competencies to be acquired by target audience 
  • Assessment of EU learning/training needs through surveys, country visits, annual meeting with experts that represent the target population, etc.
  • Design learning objectives and curriculum to address the gaps 
  • Organisation and delivery of courses 
  • Accreditation of training courses

 

Areas of work:

 

1. Promotion and strengthening of training networks – Training Network Support

1.1. Field Epidemiology Manual in WIKI format

2. Training resources and needs assessment in EU or EEA and enlargement - Training Network & Support

3. Competencies of ECDC training programmes and instructional design

4. Training of public health professionals, including supervisors of two-year programmes

5. Evaluation and accreditation of ECDC training activities

 

1. Promotion and strengthening of training networks – Training Network Support

 

ECDC works with different partners and stakeholders in Public Health and Prevention and Control Communicable Diseases when organizing and sharing experiences:
 
  • Networks of facilitators in ECDC courses
  • Network of participants in ECDC courses
  • Networks of training providers (institutions, organisations, projects):
    • ECDC Competent Bodies
    • EPIET Associated Programmes (EAP) and other National Field Epidemiology Training Programmes in Europe
    • Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET)
    • The Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe (ASPHER)
    • WHO Global Foodborne Infections GFN
    • ECDC Infection Control Training network ( TRICE)
    • EC SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action for impact of maritime transport in public health threats
    • WHO Influenza Training Network (ITN), has an important resource The Influenza Digital Library

 

1.1. Field Epidemiology Manual in WIKI format

 

The Field Epidemiology Manual (FEM Wiki) is an open information sharing platform for public health experts, hosted and funded by ECDC. The content is created and reviewed by experts working in intervention epidemiology and engaged in training of field epidemiologists.
 
FEM Wiki’s main objective is to serve as a resource of learning materials for training field epidemiology and other disciplines related to public health and infection control. Additional objectives are communication among subject-expert users and users through its communities of practice. Public health epidemiologists and other specialists involved in infection control are the target audience.
 
Central to this effort is a core set of articles to support knowledge acquisition for use when undertaking field investigations and research projects in intervention epidemiology. Content is further developed extending to areas covered by core competencies of intervention epidemiologists. In order to contribute users are welcome to go and join in a sing up page. Please visit FEM Wiki to join.
 

2. Training resources and needs assessment in EU or EEA and enlargement - Training Network & Support

 

Consultations with Member States capacity building counterparts and ECDC disease networks are held to discuss the ECDC Public Health Training Strategy and the Training needs of the Member States, to align their strategies with the ECDC plans.

 
The PHT Section has developed several tools to asses training needs and resources, including:
 
  1. 1. ECDC Task Force for EU Enlargement Assessment in the Chapter of Human Resource Capacity Development
  2. 2. Implementation of a Training Strategy for Infection Control in the European Union

 

3. Competencies of ECDC training programmes and instructional design

 

ECDC has developed lists of Core Competencies. These documents define the competencies that should be a minimum prerequisite and common to all professionals in these fields. Curriculum design and development of training materials are based on core competencies.The following have been developed:

 

 

4. Training of public health professionals, including supervisors of two-year programmes

 

Short courses are offered to the specialists working in communicable disease prevention and control. These are intended as an opportunity for continuous professional development with the goal of promoting the use of common methods when dealing with cross-border health threats. The objective is to strengthening technical, teaching and mentoring skills and support career development through life-long-learning education for European public health experts.

These courses and existing training materials are under continuous review and update, to progressively offer blended learning and other formats, besides the face to face activities. They become part of a training programme for continuous professional development in applied epidemiology.

  • Six short courses
    • Management And Logistics Of Outbreak Investigation;
    • Principles and computer tools for outbreak investigation;
    • Principles of public health surveillance and time series analysis;
    • Rapid assessment in complex public health emergencies;
    • Introduction to Intervention epidemiology
    • Microbiological and epidemiological aspects of public health surveillance and outbreak investigation.

 

  • ECDC Summer School – to strengthen mentoring and technical skills of EPIET and EUPHEM supervisors in     training sites, while providing an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange on methods for prevention and control of communicable diseases, between supervisors and ECDC experts. Read more  about the ECDC Summer School 2015.

 

More information is available in the Catalogue of Courses
An exchange programme for senior professionals has been piloted and three spots are available in 2015.

 

5. Evaluation and accreditation of ECDC training activities

 

 
ECDC applies for accreditation of short courses and scientific seminars under UEMS; in addition, ECDC is exploring the possibility of Accreditation under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)/Bologna Process.
For more information, please contact ECDC.Courses@ecdc.europa.eu.

 

 

 

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