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Epidemiology in Action

Next course: September 14 to October 1, 2015
Application deadline: May 29, 2015

Program description

Epidemiology in Action is a limited enrolment course held annually in Ottawa. Participants learn through lectures, case studies, and hands-on exercises to apply epidemiology principles and practices to public health investigations and to use software to analyze relevant data.

The course is given in English by PHAC staff, field epidemiologists and other Canadian public health professionals who have expertise in applied epidemiology training.

The course includes two separate but related modules (below). Learners may register for one or both modules.

  • Outbreak investigations and applied public health (September 14 - 25, 2015)
  • Describing and analyzing epidemiologic data using software (September 28 - October 1, 2015)

At the end of both sessions, participants will:

  • be familiar with the steps in an outbreak investigation
  • understand the role of the laboratory in public health investigations
  • understand and be able to describe the roles and responsibilities of each jurisdiction in Canada (local, provincial, territorial and federal) and how they collaborate during an outbreak investigation
  • identify and use appropriate analytical tools and methods for epidemiological activity
  • interpret results, formulate recommendations and summarise public health issues for diverse audiences
  • use technical tools and software to manage and analyse epidemiologic data


There are no formal prerequisites for the course. Applicants, however, should have a good understanding of epidemiology principles, use epidemiology methods in their work and have some professional experience in public health.

All applications will be reviewed against these criteria but, as space in the course is limited, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


The course application period is from May 1 to May 29, 2015. For an application package, please contact the course administrators. Completed applications must be submitted by May 29, 2015.

There is no course fee, however, participants are responsible for all other related costs, such as travel, accommodation and meals.

Note: All course participants must bring a PC laptop for classroom work.