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Outbreak Investigations and Research

For those involved in disease outbreaks, this 3-week course will enable you to identify and appraise research needs and to develop multidisciplinary protocols for outbreak research.

Deadline: 1 November 2023

Short Courses

  • Face-to-face

  • Antwerp

5 ECTS Credits



About the course



Today’s highly mobile and interconnected world provides unprecedented risk for the rapid spread of infectious diseases such as monkeypox, arboviroses, cholera, multi-drug resistant infections, etc. Recent outbreaks have led to an increased awareness of the impact of such events on local health systems and on global health (security). At the same time, outbreaks present unique research opportunities to better understand emergence and impact, as well as to test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions to prevent and control outbreaks.


The short course “Outbreak investigations and research” will provide you with the specific skills needed to design and implement interdisciplinary outbreak investigations with a particular focus on relevant research before, during and after outbreaks. You will analyse a variety of case studies on different types of outbreaks, including a range of transmission routes (such as vector-borne, air-borne, food&water borne), rapid and slow outbreaks, rare and common diseases.


Are you a clinician, health system or programme manager, decision maker or researcher who has been involved in outbreak investigations and wants to be able to identify and appraise research needs and opportunities? Then this course is for you!


The course integrates the expertise of an interdisciplinary ITM team involved in outbreak research, including epidemiologists, clinicians, social scientists, health systems scientists, microbiologists, GIS specialists, and entomologists. 

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Design and explain a protocol to implement interdisciplinary outbreak investigation
  • Identify risks and challenges in outbreak research and options to mitigate them
  • Define clear research objectives, based on an analysis of the concrete problems and opportunities related to a specific outbreak
  • Do a landscaping of actors, including communities, local and national (health) authorities, as well as professionals, involved in a specific outbreak
  • Apply appropriate (quantitative, qualitative, geographical) methods to analyse an outbreak and related interventions

Tuition fee

€ 730 EEA / 1900 non-EEA


NVAO , valid until 30 September 2024

Course Coordinator(s)

  • Marjan Pirard

Course Administrator(s)

  • Marianne Hilgert

Course Leader(s)

  • Soledad Colombe