Epidemiology in Action

Program description

Epidemiology in Action is a limited enrolment two week course held every September in Ottawa. Participants learn through lectures, case studies, and hands-on exercises to apply epidemiology principles and practices to public health investigations.

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 exact content of the course varies from year to year but focuses on core skills needed for the investigation of outbreaks of infectious diseases.

At the end of the training, 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.

Generally, the course application process is launched in May of each year. In order to be notified of the launch of the Epidemiology in Action application process or to sign up for notifications of other courses offered by our team, please sign up for the CFEP listserve, by contacting us at cfep@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

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

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