Emergency Preparedness Capabilities: Detection and Assessment (Module 2) Q3

Dates / duration  

1.5 days, September 2020



Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  


This training is one of the building blocks of the preparedness courses:  (list of courses)

It is designed to inform those involved in coordinating the response to a public health emergency.

After completing this training, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the goals and objectives of the major elements of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Detection Assessment, including incident recognition, risk characterisation, epidemiological investigation, surveillance and epidemiological monitoring, and laboratory analysis.
  • Understand the implications of epidemiological reports and other information concerning an emerging infection for policy development and implementation and for emergency risk communication.
  • Assess when information about an emerging outbreak requires international communication and coordination. 

Target audience  

The target audience for this competency based training are those experts at the local, country or regional (international) levels working in public health preparedness who may act as operational leads designing and implementing the preparedness response strategy at national and if appropriate sub-national level. 


The training is organised in modules lasting approximately 4 hours each. The training will also include an introductory and evaluation session. There are a mixture of short lectures, scenario based group discussions and interactive activities designed to address the learning objectives. Participant inclusion in this module is not premised on the participation in the previous training (module 1). 

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States.