Hessisches Landesprüfungs- und Untersuchungsamt im Gesundheitswesen (HLPUG)

acknowledged by EPIET
Wolframstr. 33
DE-35683 Dillenburg
Germany

Contact person:

Anja Hauri / Helmut Uphoff

Tel. +49 2771 3206 -36/-32
Fax. +49 2771 366 71

Description of the institute

The health care system in Germany has a federal structure where most of the responsibilities for health care and direct measures for intervention are at the state level (Bundesländer). The State Health Office (HLPUG) is the federal institution responsible for disease prevention and control in Hesse. It is divided in 3 departments in different locations: Health Protection, Examinations for Health Professionals and Social Security. The Department for Health Protection is situated in Dillenburg and has 47 employees (among them 9 scientists), who are distributed in 4 units:

  • Hygiene and Infectious Disease Diagnostics
  • Water Hygiene
  • Environmental Hygiene and Toxicology
  • Epidemiology

The epidemiology unit’s main function include infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance, health reporting and cancer registry. The epidemiology unit comprises three consultant epidemiologists, a data analyst and associated support staff. Tasks of the epidemiology unit regarding the control of communicable diseases are:

  • Surveillance of communicable diseases. Regional data is collected via routine reporting and special epidemiological surveys. Following the analysis of these data, reports are generated and disseminated.
  • Investigation and control of communicable diseases. HLPUG staff provides support and advice to public health physicians and others in the control of communicable disease.
  • Epidemiological research. HLPUG undertakes research projects in association with academic departments or research institutes.
  • Teaching and training in communicable disease epidemiology for public health workers and others concerned with health protection.

Particular strengths

The epidemiology unit manages the national mandatory surveillance for the State of Hesse. IN addition, the unti runs two: surveillance systems unique for Hesse: a system for death cases and one for carbapenemases in Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. A hospital sentinel system is in the pilot phase. The institute participated in the EURO-MOMO project and the I-MOVE project. Further cooperations in local projects e.g. in health and climate change (INKLIM) and hygiene (regional hospital hygiene nets) expand the scope and includes descriptive studies and analytical studies such as case-control studies or cohort studies. There is a close cooperation of epidemiologists with the laboratories that belong to the same department and local and state veterinary authorities.

Regional Overview

The state of Hesse, located in the centre of Germany, has a population of over 6 million people. Hesse is divided in 26 districts and has 24 local health units (LHU) with which we closely collaborate. Dillenburg is situated in the Northwest of Hesse (by train 1.5 hours from Frankfurt, 2 hours from Cologne) and has a good highway connection to Frankfurt in the south and Dortmund in northern direction. It is a small town with 10.000 inhabitants (24.000 including attached villages).

Training opportunities

EPIET fellows will have opportunities to participate in all main activities carried out by the Department for Health Protection. Based on the fellow's previous experience and interest, appropriate assignments can be arranged. Placements can also be arranged with a local Health Protection Authority where the trainee can gain experience with the first line of response to local health protection problems.

Training supervision

The EPIET fellow will be based in the Epidemiology unit, and projects will be directly supervised by the epidemiologists working in the unit, one of whom is an EPIET/FETP graduate. Projects in close collaboration with all units will be available. He/she will have access to good office space, with computer equipment, and access to both Intranet and Internet. The fellow will be fully integrated in the team and will have access to all information and databases of the Department.

Language requirements

English and German.

Training history

Number of EPIET fellows trained at institute: None
Number of EPIET alumni working at institute: One