Our training

Wednesday 12 December 2018 - Updated on Friday 16 September 2022
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.


"This training makes me open my mind, fully understand the importance of Epidemics in the projects to help the community in better and rational ways. Also, for the team to transmit and communicate them the real problem and the problems or complications that we can face in the future." Gino M., trainee during the RepEpi course that took place from March 15 to 19, 2021 entirely online.

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.

For more information, contact

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Sophie Masson
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Classification principale

Course outline 'Populations in Precarious Situations'

Classification principale

Course outline 'Response to Epidemics'

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Organisation and Funding

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Covid-19: Laboratory testing

Research Center Niger

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Coronavirus, Tribune Eboko, in the Journal Le Monde

Research Center Uganda

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Dan Nyehangane et son équipe dans le centre de Mbarara

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