Module 1 - Introduction to intervention Epidemiology

Description: This course will provide theoretical induction so that MediPIET fellows and external participants of the MediPIET network acquire the core competencies for field epidemiologist. Topics covered include Biostatistics, Public Health surveillance, outbreak investigation, analytical epidemiology, communication, and principles of IHR and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) risks mitigation and prevention.

Target audience:

  • MediPIET fellows from selected Training Sites, e. Albania, FYROM, Lebanon and Tunisia.
  • Public health epidemiologists working at national, regional or local level selected from participating countries

Date & Place: 27 October to 7 November 2014 (two weeks duration) at the Institute Pasteur Tunis, Tunisia.

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– Basic biostatistics

– Measures of disease occurrence

– Measures of association

– Measures of impact

– Public health surveillance: running, data management, descriptive analysis and interpretation of results

– Outbreak investigation

– Epidemiological studies (descriptive & analytical)

– Sampling principles

– Data validity

– Basic ethical issues

– Laboratory aspects

– International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) – introduction

– Basic facts for public health emergencies caused by CBRN incidents


Learning objetives: At the end of the introductory course, participants will have and be able to:
  1. Combine field epidemiology and public health microbiology techniques for risk assessment and investigations in the field of communicable diseases prevention and control;
  2. Apply simple statistics to analyze epidemiological and laboratory data;
  3. Use analytical epidemiology to examine associations between exposures and outcomes, while taking into account bias, confounding and effect modification;
  4. Analyse surveillance data in light of the limitations of a surveillance system;
  5. Investigate an outbreak to propose public health recommendations;
  6. Design and prepare an applied research project;
  7. Communicate results of field investigations to various stakeholders (e.g. scientists, press, public, decisions makers);
  8. Understand and share International Health Regulations (IHR) principles;
  9. Be acquainted with CBRN Risk Mitigation and prevention principles, the EU CBRN and with the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence initiative.


Coordinator of the module

  • Adela Paez Jimenez, MediPIET Scientific coordinator – ECDC, Sweden

Scientific coordination team

  • NissafBouafif Ben Alaya, MediPIET NFP Tunisia & Director of Health Surveillance, Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases, Tunisia.
  • Chesco Nogareda, MediPIET Scientific Coordinator

Facilitators / experts

  • Ghada Abou Mrad, second-line supervisor Lebanon,
  • Nissaf Bouafif Ben Alaya, first-line supervisor Tunisia & MediPIET NFP,
  • Genc Burazeri, first-line supervisor Albania & MediPIET NFP,
  • Mohamed KouniChahed, second-line supervisor Tunisia,
  • Nada Ghosn, first-line supervisor Lebanon & MediPIET NFP,
  • Isme Humolli, MediPIET NFP Kosovo2,
  • Gordana Kuzmanovska, first-line supervisor fYROM,
  • Enver Roshi, second-line supervisor Albania,
  • Ibrahim Saied Ibrahim Eldeyahi, FETP Egypt,
  • Danjela Simic, MediPIET NFP / alternate Serbia,
  • Eugena Tomini, National Institute of Public Health, Albania
  • Vesna Velikj Stefanovska, second-line supervisor fYROM,
  • Ahmed Zaghloul, MediPIET NFP
  • Nikoletta Mavroeidi, Public health consultant
  • Takis Panagiotis Panagiotopoulos,Professo rat the National School of Public Health, Greece
  • Alena Petrakova, ECDC, Sweden
  • Sybille Rehmet, Epidemiology Consultant
  • Martin Rusnak, CBRN consultant
  • Brigitte Helynck, Institute de Veille Sanitaire- France
  • Vladimir Prikazsky, ECDC – Sweden