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The EPIET/EUPHEM Introductory Course lasts three weeks and takes place at the beginning of the fellowship in one of the host countries. It gathers the new cohort of the EPIET fellowships (including the epidemiology path, EU- and MS-track fellows and the EUPHEM path) together with the EAP fellows.

Course programme:
This course provides theoretical induction so that EPIET/EUPHEM fellows can start a fellowship that will lead them to acquire the ECDC core competencies for field epidemiologist or public health microbiologists. The course has seven tracks including (1) public health microbiology, (2) surveillance, (3) outbreak investigation, (4) statistics, (5) analytical epidemiology, (6) research and (7) communication.

Course objectives - At the end of the introductory course, the EPIET/EUPHEM fellows will be able to:

1. Combine field epidemiology and public health microbiology techniques for risk assessment and investigations in the field of communicable diseases prevention and control
2. Analyse surveillance data in light of the limitations of the surveillance system
3. Investigate an outbreak to propose public health recommendations
4. Apply simple statistics to analyse epidemiological and laboratory data
5. Used analytical epidemiology to examine associations between exposures and outcomes while taking into account bias, confounding and effect modifications
6. Design, prepare and conduct an applied research project
7. Communicate results of field investigations to various stakeholders (e.g., scientists, press, public, decision makers)

Teaching methods:

1. Interactive sessions and lectures
2. Case studies
3. Simulation exercises
4. Problem based learning
5. Group discussion
6. Study protocol development

 Click here to see the programme from the last EPIET/EUPHEM Introductory Course.