Epidemiology Concepts Applied to Outbreak Investigation

Course dates

31 March 2017.

Course duration: 1 day (approximately 6 hours teaching).
Registration will begin at 9.00am on the first day, the course will finish by 4.00pm.

Course tutors

The contributors are Public Health England epidemiologists, consultants and specialists. 

Course aims and objectives

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


Please note bookings for this course have now closed.

We are currently compiling our 2017/18 course programme. Bookings will open at the beginning of October 2017. Please check back nearer the time for more details.

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 fees


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Course venue

School of Social and Community Medicine
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Lunch and refreshments

Coffee, tea, fruit and biscuits will be available to all students. A light lunch is provided for all paying participants. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


Information about accommodation.


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