About the fellowship

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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).

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.

As part of the ECDC Fellowship Programme, both curriculum paths provide 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.

European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET)

The EPIET path offers a curriculum that trains public health experts in competencies for intervention epidemiology. Fellows are trained in national or regional centres for surveillance and control of communicable diseases in the European Union (EU) and Norway. The programme is aimed at European health professionals with previous experience in public health wanting to work in field epidemiology.

The objective of the EPIET Programme is to provide state-of-the-art training in field epidemiology, enabling its fellows to apply epidemiological methods to a wide range of public health problems in Europe.

European Programme for Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM)

The EUPHEM path provides training and practical experience in public health microbiology at laboratories with public health functions in the European Union (EU). The programme is aimed at EU microbiologists with a medical, veterinary or environmental microbiology background with previous experience in public health and a keen interest in applying microbiological principles and methods to the prevention and control of diseases in the human population.

The primary objective of the EUPHEM programme is to provide state-of-the-art training in public health microbiology enabling its fellows to apply microbiological and epidemiological methods to a wide range of public health problems in Europe. The main emphasis of the programme is on learning-by-doing activities.