EpiCID Short Course



Epidemiology provides important tools for the assessment and response to health threats in populations. This is a 3-week intensive course on the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and the way these inform the control of infectious diseases. The emphasis is on the epidemiological steps of outbreak investigations and the management of biohazards. The course uses interactive, simulation-based exercises, as well as laboratory- and computer-based practical sessions to complement the theoretical content.

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is Germany’s largest institution for research, services and training in the field of tropical diseases and emerging infections. The current scientific focus is on malaria, haemorrhagic fever viruses, tissue nematodes and diagnostics development. To study highly pathogenic viruses and infected insects, the institute is equipped with laboratories of the highest biosafety level (BSL4) and a BSL3 insectary. Outstanding scientific achievements in the recent past include scientific work concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The course will be taught by staff with teaching and research experience extending across the disciplines of epidemiology, microbiology, medicine, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, entomology, demography and public health. 

Who should apply?

The course is relevant to health professionals and other graduates, who work in medical research units, academic departments or health services. No previous formal training in epidemiology or statistics is required. The course is intensive and a good command of the English language is essential.

Course content

Course objectives

  • To provide basic understanding in epidemiological concepts and methods, particularly within the context of outbreak investigations
  • To provide basic understanding and training in the control of infectious diseases and the management of biohazards
  • To promote interdisciplinary cooperation across the fields of epidemiology, microbiology, medical sciences, and public health in response to infectious disease threats and the management of biohazards

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Principles of infectious disease epidemiology
  • Epidemiological steps in outbreak investigations
  • Descriptive epidemiology and basic statistical methods
  • Infectious disease prevention and control measures
  • Biosafety, biosecurity and the management of biohazards

Teaching will be through lectures and practical sessions. The practical sessions will involve the analysis, interpretation and discussion of a variety of epidemiological case studies, computer-based sessions using data entry software EpiData and statistical software package R, as well as a laboratory-based session.  Simulation-based exercises will provide the opportunity to learn and apply concepts interactively. 

Methods of assessment

There will be no formal examination, but a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those completing the course. 

How to apply

Applying for this course


Course fee

General admission: 1750 €/1400 € (Early Bird Registration)

Citizens of low and middle income countries/Students: 1000 €/800 € (Early Bird Registration)

If you are a citizen and resident of a country classified as a low or middle income by the UN/World Bank and/or a PhD student, you are eligible to the reduced tuition fee rate. Please refer to this document to see whether your country is eligible: Country Classification Map

Early Bird Registration: If you register within 2 weeks of acceptance notification, you are eligible to a 20% reduction of your course fee. 

Course fee includes:

  • course work
  • study materials
  • lunch and refreshments
  • harbour boat trip

Registration fee
The Institute charges a non-refundable registration fee of 200 € (credited towards the whole course fee).

Withdrawal and refund policy
A participant who withdraws from this short course:

  • less than 6 weeks prior to start date: 25% of the course fee will be charged
  • less than 4 weeks prior to start date: 50% of the course fee will be charged
  • less than 2 weeks prior to start date: 100% of the course fee will be charged


The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for Germany can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team can provide supporting documentation if requested.


The course fee does not include accommodation. A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the BNITM can be found here: List of Hotels  


Course dates

3-21 Sept 2018

Course fee

800 € - 1750 €

This course is formally recognised by the Hamburg State Medical Chamber.
Dieser Kurs ist von der Ärztekammer Hamburg anerkannt. 



Dr Dewi Ismajani (Jani) Puradiredja

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74
20359 Hamburg

Tel: +49 (0)40 428 18-243
Email: shortcourse(at)bnitm.de