Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

Laboratory issues for epidemiologists

Training program - version 2007

This training program contains a basic set of training materials and recommendations to help trainers organize their training session on Laboratory issues for Epidemiologists (Lab for Epi).

It is intended for classroom use, not for self-directed learning. It is meant as a guide, not a final training package, as we recognize that trainers should adapt the curriculum to meet local needs. To maximize learning for the trainees, facilitators must have the appropriate training and expertise in each subject area.

The toolkit is made up of nine sections with lectures, cases studies and background documents. The material of the training package Lab for Epi was developed to give a basic set of training material to those planning a training course. The set of presentations are to be seen as a starting point, they will need to be adapted to your individual training course.

The main objectives of the training module

  • facilitate communication and understanding between the two disciplines of epidemiology and laboratory (medicine) for disease surveillance and outbreak investigation;
  • provide the field epidemiologist with a better understanding of basic microbiology techniques and analysis and interpretation of results;
  • convey the laboratory perspective of public health investigations to field epidemiologists in order to improve collaboration between these two disciplines and to enhance.

Content of the training program

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