The ECDC Fellowship Programme, with the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) and the European Public Health Microbiology Training Programme (EUPHEM) paths, has a strong "learning-by-doing" component. Supervision of fellows at training sites is trusted to mid-career and senior epidemiologists and microbiologists working in communicable disease prevention and control. Scientific coordinators, based at ECDC and in national public health institutes in the European Union (EU), review fellows' work and monitor their progress during the fellowship.
The ECDC Summer School 2017 is built based on the experience of the ECDC train-the-trainers' induction workshop for new EPIET and EUPHEM supervisors in July 2011, and previous 2012 to 2016 editions.
The ECDC vision on public health training orients the activity: A competent workforce across Europe effectively collaborating and coordinating between local, subnational, national and Community levels to prevent, detect, assess, and control diseases that could threaten the health of the European population.
To strengthen the mentoring and technical skills of both ECDC experts and experts within ECDC networks, such as fellowships' supervisors, by providing an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange on methods for communicable disease prevention and control.
1. Address expressed training needs among EPIET/EUPHEM supervisors.
2. Bring supervisors together to share and exchange experiences and views on supervision, coaching and creating collaborations between microbiologists and epidemiologists.
3. Bring ECDC core activities and fellowship network closer, by increasing the ability for supervisors to identify projects that link to ECDC's core and priority tasks, and facilitating opportunities for Member State and ECDC experts to be aware of and involved in fellowship projects.
4. Incorporate the trainers of MediPIET into the training networks.
Target audience, seats and selection
The target audiences are:
1. Supervisors of EPIET and EUPHEM: main supervisors, co-supervisors and also those that support fellows in specific projects
2. Member State professionals working in prevention and control of communicable diseases
3. ECDC experts
4. MediPIET Supervisors