Santé publique France, cellule régionale Paca et Corse (Marseille) - EPIET

acknowledged by EPIET available for next EPIET cohort
132, boulevard de Paris
Cedex 03
FR-13331 Marseille

Contact person

Philippe Malfait
Tel. + 33 4 13 55 81 01

Description of the institute

Santé Publique France, the French national public health agency is a governmental institution reporting to the Ministry of Health. Created in 2016, Santé publique France brings together the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS), the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education, and the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency. Santé Publique France has the following mission:

  • to co-ordinate and implement public health surveillance;
  • to study the determinants of changes of trends of diseases;
  • to alert national public health authorities on potential threats to health;
  • to assist public health authorities in disease control, prevention and health promotion and education;
  • to contribute to the response to health alerts and crises.

The French territory comprises 13 administrative regions. The Regional offices represent Santé Publique France at the regional level and act on behalf of the national agency.

Training site

The regional office Paca-Corse oversees the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corsica, both located in the South-East of France. Paca and Corsica represent more than 5 million people, 8% of the French population, and host about 20 millions of tourists annually. The regional office is located in Marseilles and has a satellite office in Ajaccio, Corsica. The regional office is housed within the regional health authority of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (ARS PACA) and Corsica (ARS Corse). The team provides methodological and technical expertise to decentralized health authorities at the regional and district level, and coordinates regional health surveillance. The team is composed of 10 permanent staff members, and covers the following fields:

  • Methodological and technical assistance to the ARS in outbreak investigations and in case of unexpected health events;
  • Coordination of national and regional surveillance systems, at the regional level, including analysis of mortality, morbidity and environmental data, interpretation and information targeted at decision-makers — e.g. of national systems: nonspecific surveillance system, surveillance of heat-related illnesses and of work-related health problems, strengthening of regional STD surveillance; e.g. of region-specific surveillance systems: Chikungunya, Dengue and West Nile viruses, etc..;
  • Development of epidemiological studies at local, district or regional level;
  • Organisation of, and contribution to training sessions in Epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Evaluation of surveillance systems
  • Evaluation of health promotion projects at the regional level

Training opportunities

The training site offers many opportunities in the field of epidemiology applied to infectious diseases but also in environmental health. This includes outbreak investigation at a local, district or regional level, analysis of surveillance data, evaluation of a surveillance system, protocol design and applied research (planned studies). Writing scientific reports and articles is expected. There are several teaching opportunities, both at the regional and national level. Fellows usually contribute to the three week French field epidemiology course (IDEA) directed at public health workers in France.

Recent examples of work done by EPIET trainees (EU and MS-track) include: investigation of outbreaks of foodborne diseases, schistosomiasis, chikungunya, dengue and West-Nile viruses;   evaluation of the human seasonal surveillance system of West Nile virus infections; design, conduct and analysis of a knowledge, attitude and practices study towards urogenital schistosomiasis among general practitioners in Corsica ; estimation of measles vaccination coverage at the university; writing of a protocol for evaluation of the use of motivational interviewing in two maternities to promote vaccination uptake in the Paca region

Training supervision

General supervision is provided by Philippe Malfait, Head of the regional office, specialized in public health and epidemiology, Epiet fellow 1995. Supervision of specific projects will be provided by senior epidemiologists in the team.

Language requirements

French and English.

Training history

Number of EPIET fellows trained at institute: Three
Number of Profet (French FETP program) fellows trained at institute: Four
Number of EPIET alumni working at institute: Two