Training on epidemic intelligence and rapid risk assessment


Q3/Q4 - 5 days


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Objectives/intended learning outcomes  

After undertaking this course, participants will be able to understand:

  • the process of early detection, validation and analysis of health threats, in identifying epidemic intelligence tools and platforms;
  • cite examples of best practices on epidemic intelligence in prevention and control of communicable diseases;
  • the basics in deciding, planning, conducting and generating rapid risk assessments through the introduction of concepts, principles and succession of actions.

At the end of the course, the participant will have sufficient knowledge and basic skills to be involved in a team producing rapid risk assessments for public health event caused by infectious diseases.

Target audience  

The target audience for this course will be professionals with a public health background working at local, regional or national level (Public Health Institutes and Ministerial level) who are involved in the early detection, monitoring and assessment of public health events have an interest in becoming familiar with the tools, standards and practices adopted at technical level for these purposes.


This course will combine the steps from the early detection of a signal through to the assessment of a public health event. The course will consist of a theoretical part and a group exercise from early detection to producing the essential parts of a rapid risk assessment based on a real-life event.

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.