Core competencies for EU public health epidemiologists in communicable disease surveillance and response

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Publication series: Core competencies

In Article 9, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) founding regulation details the Centre’s role in providing training: ‘The Centre shall, as appropriate, support and coordinate training programmes in order to assist Member States and the Commission to have sufficient numbers of trained specialists, in particular in epidemiological surveillance and field investigations, and to have a capability to define health measures to control disease outbreaks’. During the first consultation with the EU Member States (MS) on training in field epidemiology, held in 2005 in Stockholm, the development of a list of core competencies for field epidemiologists in the European Union (EU) was identified as a priority. ECDC, along with a group of experts (‘core competencies group’) has developed a list of suggested core competencies for field epidemiologists working in public health institutions in the European Union, at all levels, from sub-national (provinces, districts, regions) to national and supra-national (European and international). Other areas where ECDC provides ‘capacity building through training’ include the assessment of epidemiological capacity and training resources/needs in the Member States of the EU, the organisation of training modules for EU and EEA Member States, and the integration of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) into the Centre.