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Course introduction. Preben Aavitsland. EpiTrain. EpiTrain within the EpiNorth framework Second in a series of courses Advanced epidemiology For senior epidemiologists English only Financed by European Commission Nordic Council of Ministers Participating institutes. Teaching methods.

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course introduction

Course introduction

Preben Aavitsland

epitrain
EpiTrain
  • EpiTrain within the EpiNorth framework
  • Second in a series of courses
  • Advanced epidemiology
  • For senior epidemiologists
  • English only
  • Financed by
    • European Commission
    • Nordic Council of Ministers
    • Participating institutes
teaching methods
Teaching methods
  • Lectures
    • With time for questions
  • Group work
    • Organised larger groups
    • Ad hoc, small groups during lectures
  • Presentations of group work
  • Written material
  • Schedule somewhat flexible!
faculty and administration
Preben Aavitsland, MD

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Hanne-Merete Eriksen, MSc, Epiet

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Hilde Kløvstad, MPH, Epiet

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Anne Mazick, MD, Epiet

State Serum Institute, Denmark

Isabelle Devaux, MD

Institute de Veille Sanitaire, France

Liselotte Högberg

Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control

Germain Thinus

European Commission, Luxembourg.

Chryssa Grillis, MD

Hellenic Centre for Infectious Disease Control

Denis Coloumbier, MD

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Tommi Asikainen, MSc

Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control

Stein Andresen, DDS

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Vibeke Gundersen, BA

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Faculty and administration
contents 1
Contents - 1
  • Surveillance (P Aavitsland, D Coloumier, C Gryllis, H Eriksen, L Högberg, I Devaux, K Kutsar)
    • Principles
    • Evaluation
    • Analysis
    • Epidemic intelligence
    • Electronic systems
    • Special issues
      • Nosocomial infections, mass gatherings, antibiotic resistance, HIV, Estonia
    • Group work
contents 2
Contents - 2
  • EU and WHO issues (G Thinus, D Coloumbier, P Aavitsland, I Devaux)
    • General issues in EU
    • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
    • International Health Regulations
    • EuroHIV
contents 3
Contents - 3
  • Randomized controlled trials (H Kløvstad)
    • Design
    • Conduct
  • Influenza preparedness (D Coloumbier)
    • Pandemic preparedness
    • Surveillance
  • Communication (P Aavitsland)
    • Outbreak communication
main group work introduction
Main group work - introduction
  • Design a surveillance system for a given public health problem in a given setting
    • Based on a template for surveillance systems
  • Five groups of six-seven people
  • Each group elects
    • Chair
    • Secretary (must have/borrow PC)
    • Presenter (may be one of the two above)
  • All participate in discussion
    • Hard, interesting and rewarding work
    • May divide in sub-groups for certain tasks
  • Light facilitation by Preben, Hilde, Anne, Hanne, Isabelle, Liselotte, Denis, Chryssa
  • Questions and problems also in plenary
main group work suggested timeline
Monday (2 h)

Elect chair, secretary, presenter

1 Bakground

Tuesday (2 h)

2 Objective

3Design and operations

Wednesday (3,5 h)

3 Design and operations

Thursday (3,5 h)

Revisit objectives

4 Administrative issues

Friday (2 h)

Finalise description of the system

Revisit all issues

Prepare presentation

Saturday (2,5 h)

Present and discuss

Main group work – suggested timeline
topics for main group work
Topics for main group work
  • A Surveillance of important public health events during the Roma fair in Budoprag
  • B Surveillance of nosocomial infections in Sogavia
  • C Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Larinia
  • D Surveillance of influenza in Loland
  • E Surveillance of HIV infection in Slavinia
why surveillance
Why surveillance?
  • Increasing importance
  • Increasing demands on public health authorities
  • New public health problems that need surveillance
  • Harmonisation of methods
  • New methods
  • We all have systems that need improvement