Health Protection Principles and Practice

Course dates

9-12 July 2018.

Course duration

4 days (approximately 20 hours teaching). 
Registration will start at 9am on the first day, the course will finish by 3.30pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Louise Dirks (course organiser). The contributors are epidemiologists, consultants and specialists from Public Health England.

Course aims and objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • describe UK surveillance systems and their application to infectious diseases and environmental/radiation hazards;
  • understand the legislative framework underpinning health protection;
  • understand the roles of agencies involved in the management of incidents and outbreaks;
  • describe methods used in the prevention and control of important infectious diseases and chemical/radiological hazards;
  • apply key principles in the investigation and management of environmental incidents and infectious disease outbreaks in community and hospital settings.

Who the course is intended for

This course is intended for those who are involved in the control of infectious, environmental and/or radiological hazards. This includes those working in health protection, public health, environmental health and infection control.

It is a valuable introduction to those new to a health protection role or preparing to participate in out of hours on call rotas, such as Health Protection Nurses and Practitioners and Public Health Specialty Registrars. The course also contributes to the development of the health protection competencies required for the UK Public Health Register.

Applicants who have completed a communicable disease control module of a Masters in Public Health may find some overlap, but this course also offers content on the management of non-communicable disease hazards and emergency preparedness and also extensive application of theory to practice through interactive group work.

Some knowledge of the epidemiology and microbiology of the major infectious diseases in the UK and relevant terminology is needed to gain full benefit from this course.

This course is suitable for health protection nurses/practitioners, public health Specialty Registrars, those submitting a portfolio to the UKPHR, PHE analysts, public health consultants and specialists and other professionals who cover health protection issues within their professional careers.

Course outline

Topics to be covered will include:

  • surveillance and epidemiology of infectious diseases and environmental exposures;
  • control of infection and antimicrobial resistance;
  • investigation and control of single cases and outbreaks of infectious disease and response to environmental incidents;
  • introduction to health emergency planning.

Recommended reading

Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection Handbook (2012) Hawker, Begg, Blair, et al.


Make a booking

Bookings will be accepted from 10th October.

Fantastic course content with excellent explanations for people who are not familiar with course content. The order in which the course was set was appropriate & helped.

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. 


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