Rapid Assessment in Complex Public Health Emergencies

Event
28 Oct 2013 - 1 Nov 2013
Veyrier du Lac, France
ECDC

The objective of the course was to strengthen participant’s knowledge and skills related to the surveillance of communicable diseases and investigation of outbreaks in the context of a complex emergency situation.

​Objectives
The topics included identifying public health priorities in complex emergency settings and doing initial assessment, setting a surveillance system and performing specific surveys, using different sampling strategies, the GIS and including social mobilisation.
 
Target audience, seats and selection
Epidemiologists  working at the national or regional level in the EU, EEA/EFTA countries and EU enlargement countries and dealing with complex public health emergencies affecting their country and internationally. They should be a mid-career epidemiologist with experience in surveillance and outbreak investigations, working in public health preferably at the national level. ECDC invited National Focal Points for Public Health training to propose participants and their alternates by 8th September 2013. 
 
Methods
The training methods included presentations in plenary sessions, interactive and practical case studies, challenges, aiming at making the participants face real-life situations, movies and field activity. In details we describe then in the attached document.
 
Accreditation
The PH Training Section applied for accreditation of the Summer school under the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME, see: http://www.eaccme.eu).