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About the fellowships

The ECDC Fellowship Programme is a two-year competency based training with two paths: the field epidemiology path (EPIET) and the public health microbiology path (EUPHEM).
The EPIET path offers a curriculum that trains public health experts in competencies for intervention epidemiology and the EUPHEM path provides microbiologists with training in competencies for public health microbiology. After the two-year training EPIET and EUPHEM graduates are considered experts in applying epidemiological or microbiological methods to provide evidence to guide public health interventions for communicable disease prevention and control.
Both curriculum paths are part of the ECDC fellowship programme that provides training and practical experience using the ‘learning by doing’ approach in acknowledged training sites across European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) Member States. EPIET fellows train in national and regional centres for surveillance and control of communicable diseases. EUPHEM fellows train in laboratories with public health function at collaborative training sites.
The pathways
Within the ECDC fellowship programme, each pathway (EPIET and EUPHEMEPIET paths and tracks) is composed of two tracks: the European Union (EU) track and the Member State (MS) track. Applicants to the EU track are required to be a national of an EU or EEA Member State. They are selected by ECDC and assigned to a Member State other than that of their nationality for their training. Fellows of the MS track are selected by their own Member State and remain there for the course of their training. Both tracks follow an identical curriculum.
The main difference between the tracks is that the MS-track trains in their own country and this contributes to retain the graduated fellows within the workforce of the country. The EU-track is more likely to provide opportunity for mobility within the European Union after graduation from the fellowship. In that sense the EU-track focuses on strengthening the workforce for field epidemiology and microbiology in the EU in general whereas the MS-track focuses these objectives on the workforce of the Member State where the fellow is trained. Another difference between the tracks is that for the EU-track, interested candidates apply individually, while for the MS-track, it is the Member States that apply to ECDC for a post to train professionals currently in their workforce.
About the Fellowship
 The Fellowship Programme has the following programme objectives: 
  • To strengthen the surveillance and control of infectious diseases and other cross-border health threats or  issues of public health concern in the EU/EEA Member States and at EU level, supporting the implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU;
  • To enhance response capacities for effective field investigation and communicable disease control at national and community level to meet public health threats;
  • To strengthen the European network of public health professionals through use of shared standards and methods,  good practices and common public health objectives;
  • To support cascading of training and capacity building within the Member States;
  • To facilitate multi-disciplinary cooperation in the above fields


During the two-year training programme, fellows will work within the following areas:
  • Surveillance
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Applied public health research
  • Public health microbiology and laboratory investigations
  • Public health management and communication
  • Training and Teaching
  • Biostatistical analysis 


Read "The Manual for the ECDC Fellowship Programme " for a detailed description of the fellowship.
 PIET and EUPHEM paths

Apply for the fellowship 

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