Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines: Efficacy, Safety and Policy, Short Course

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  • 12 days
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  • English (take IELTS)
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Dates for the next intake: 6 - 17 July 2015

The Epidemiology of a Vaccine

Epidemiological research has become an important tool in assessing vaccine protection. Although there are several courses specialising in vaccinology, there remains a gap in teaching about advanced epidemiological tools for vaccine evaluation. This course fills that gap, providing an in-depth study of current methods used in the evaluation of vaccines. It aims to address issues in high, medium and low income countries.

Aims and Objectives

The overall aim of this short course is to provide an understanding of the methods used in the evaluation of vaccines; from early human trials through to assessment of population impact and policy. Specifically the course will:

  • Bring the participants up to date with the current methods for epidemiological evaluation of vaccines in terms of efficacy and safety, and collection of evidence necessary for policy formulation and evaluation.
  • Provide an understanding of the application of epidemiology to the pre- and post-licensure evaluation of vaccines.
  • Address the epidemiological issues for vaccine evaluation in high, medium and low income countries.
  • Equip participants to critically analyse how vaccines are evaluated for safety and efficacy, and how to collect the evidence necessary for vaccine policy setting, programme implementation and impact measurement.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Entry Level

Programme Structure

Teaching Methods and Course Materials

All teaching is carried out at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London and consists of a combination of formal lectures and more informal seminars and group practicals. A comprehensive manual will be provided to accompany the presentations.

Course Content

The topics to be covered will include:

  • Epidemiological principles of vaccine evaluation
  • Immunological basis for vaccination
  • Pre-licensure epidemiological issues:
    • Phase I, II and III trials
    • Practical and ethical considerations
    • Clinical trials: sample size and analysis issues
    • Good clinical practice and adverse event monitoring during vaccine trials
  • Post-licensure epidemiological issues:
    • Vaccine efficacy and effectiveness
    • Impact studies
    • Burden of disease assessment
    • Surveillance of disease and infection
    • Adverse events monitoring
  • Using immunology in vaccine evaluation
  • Infectious disease modelling in assessing vaccine impact
  • Economic evaluation of vaccination programmes
  • Key issues in vaccination schedules and policy
  • Long term implications of vaccination programmes
  • Topical issues in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable disease

Course Certificate and Assessment

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

Accommodation and Meals

The School cannot provide accommodation for participants. A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be provided on request to Registry.
Lunch can be purchased from the School refectory. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants and coffee shops nearby.

Academic Requirements

The course is relevant to public health professionals and field researchers with a strong interest in vaccine efficacy, safety and policy impact. Participants will be expected to have a basic post graduate epidemiology module or equivalent. The course is intensive and a good command of the English language is essential. A knowledge of computers and a basic knowledge of word for windows and excel is also essential.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 2625 International
  • GBP 2625 EU/EEA

The course fee for 2015 is £2,625.00. Payable by: 8 June 2015.


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