Epidemiology Concepts Applied to Outbreak Investigation

Course dates

13 July 2018.

Course duration

1 day (approximately 6 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 9am, the course will finish by 4pm.

Course tutors

Charles Beck, Louise Dirks (course organisers). The contributors are Public Health England epidemiologists, consultants and specialists. 

Course aims 

Using a blended learning approach and an outbreak scenario, this one day introductory course aims to respond to an outbreak scenario by applying epidemiological concepts to outbreak investigation.

Course objectives

By the end of the course the participants will have greater understanding of the key steps in the epidemiological investigation of an outbreak, including:

  • case finding;
  • case definition and definition of an outbreak;
  • differences in the common designs of epidemiological studies;
  • approaches to recruiting cases and controls for studies;
  • matching, bias and confounding factors in outbreak investigations;
  • methodologies for collecting and analysing data;
  • descriptive analysis and interpretation of epi curves and study results.

Who the course is intended for

This course is an opportunity to consolidate learning gained on the 4 day 'Health Protection Principles and Practice' short course or similar course. It is also available as a stand-alone course for those needing to strengthen their knowledge and understanding in this field, such as Health Protection Nurses and Practitioners, Public Health Specialty Registrars, Public Health Specialists, Environmental Health Officers.


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Places available.

Excellent, thank you. Sessions were explained well & I have a much better understanding of concepts & contribution by Epidemiologists in the OCT.

Course feedback, March 2017

Course fee


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Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


Information about accommodation in the area.


For further information please email short-course@bristol.ac.uk.

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