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World Field Epidemiology Day 

7th September 2021 #WorldFieldEpidemiologyDay

As countries’ health systems face increasingly complex threats, training workers in field epidemiology is even more important. The globally recognized Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) builds a cadre of skilled field epidemiologists. The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) has collaborated with the UK FETP. Many FETP Fellows have supported the work of the UK-PHRST, responding to disease outbreaks in low and middle-income countries, conducting research, and developing capacities in outbreak preparedness and response. 

Pandemics: Emergence, Spread and Response

Online Short Course  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Gain the knowledge and skills that are critical to working in the field of pandemics. This master’s level online course is developed by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) and offers a focused perspective and approach to learning about pandemics. The course will outline the specific drivers, multi-disciplinary actors and response measures, and facilitate the critical appraisal of pandemic preparedness, response and research in different contexts. Find out more about this course and apply now

Blog: Collaborative supervision of a healthcare worker study in Uganda

10th August 2021

Kagando Mission Hospital in Uganda, the Medical Research Council (MRC)-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) and the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) is investigating the prevalence of exposure to viral hemorrhagic fever viruses (VHF viruses) and SARS-CoV-2 in health care workers and surrounding communities. In this blog, the challenges of implementing research in the context of a pandemic are discussed, as well as how they were overcome through a strong collaborative research ethos. Read more about this study and post your comments.

Framework for the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in response to disease outbreaks

This framework has been developed to share learning from the UK-PHRST's development of a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled “COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus”. It details a stepwise approach to the development and delivery of a MOOC in the context of a disease outbreak and includes links to useful tools and templates.

The Epidemiologist R Handbook

This handbook strives to: serve as a quick R code reference manual; provide task-centered examples addressing common epidemiological problems; assist epidemiologists transitioning to R; and be accessible in settings with low internet-connectivity via an offline versionThis handbook is produced by a collaboration of epidemiologists from around the world drawing upon experience with organizations including local, state, provincial, and national health agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF), hospital systems, and academic institutions.