Wednesday 12 December 2018 - Updated on Wednesday 26 February 2020
Equipping staff with the tools and knowledge to face emergency situations and epidemic outbreaks.
Classroom  exercise on the principles of epidemiology
Training MSF staff on the principles of epidemiology

Epicentre has a recognized reputation in providing field epidemiology training programs on ‘Populations in Precarious Situations’ (PSP) and ‘Response to Epidemics’ (RepEpis).

These trainings are held in Europe, but for several years now, Epicentre also organizes these trainings in cities close to the MSF field missions: PSP and RepEpis training are adapted to the local field trainees and circumstances.

These programs contribute to higher quality field work.

Epicentre also contributes to international public health, tropical medicine, and field epidemiology courses in universities as well as trainings held by its partner institutes such as the Institut Pasteur, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, EPIET, etc. Epicentre also provides EPIET and public health students the opportunity to do internships at Epicentre as part of their training.

Training topics

  • Basic tools and methods of epidemiology; 
  • Nutritional, vaccines, and mortality surveys; 
  • Rapid assessment in emergency situations and definition of health priorities;
  • Investigation and response to epidemics; and
  • Epidemiological surveillance.

Epicentre courses

  • Populations in Precarious Situations (PSP) – 12 days

    This course aims to prepare MSF personnel to respond to emergency humanitarian situations. 

  • Response to Epidemics – 5 days

    This course provides information (current data and future outlooks) and tools to enable participants to be alert and ready to respond to diseases with epidemic potential. 

  • Ad hoc briefing days in response of emergencies, such as measles or cholera outbreaks.

Course outlines

Classification principale

Course outline 'Populations in Precarious Situations'

Classification principale

Course outline 'Response to Epidemics'

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