An expertly devised workshop on detection and surveillance of public health emergencies

Public health surveillance is the continuous, systematic data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of health-related data for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health practice.

It involves monitoring the magnitude, transcendence and vulnerability of health problems creating evidence for prevention and control and other public health measures.

From the many lessons learned from COVID-19 (State of Health preparedness report BRUSSELS 2022) a fresh approach is being catalysed for public health emergencies detection and  surveillance.

To better detect, assess, and take the right decisions and adjustments of public health measures, member states were forced to collect data from different sources of information and integrate them into reports at national and international level.

To inform decisions on adaptation of health protection measures and countermeasures complex datasets were required.  Clinical, laboratorial and epidemiological data had to be complemented with information related to hospital discharges, services capacity – including equipment, devices and human resources.  Monitoring of community risk perception, vaccine coverage, media and social media misinformation.

From this complicated mix, the right information management and data analysis obliged public health experts to redefine daily activities, using new digital tools to collect, integrate, display, and analyse data to serve decision making and guide the right actions.

An element of the new EU law on serious cross-border threats to health is to strengthen epidemiological surveillance via integrated systems allowing real-time surveillance.  This visionary approach to surveillance systems is strategic, dynamic and innovative; with renewed collaboration between EU agencies, like ECDC, and the public health institutes of member states.

In January 2021 a SHARP Joint Action report on IHR (2005) training needs relating to IHR capacity had found that surveillance training was a priority for EU member states. More than ever, public health experts globally need to use the post-pandemic phase to consolidate experience, build new knowledge and cement new skills and competencies for public health emergency preparedness and response. 

An expertly devised workshop has been designed to help meet this need to improve capacity via knowledge and practice exchange.


Venue: EPIC SANA Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

6 and 7 July 2023

Day one 09:00 – 17:00.  Day two 09:00 – 16:00

Who should attend

The training is aimed at junior/mid-career public health professionals or field epidemiologists from EU/EEA and neighbouring countries.

Ideally, the participants should have basic knowledge about epidemiology, surveillance and public health emergencies. 

What you’ll learn

Presented by senior experts from ECDC and five other SHARP Joint Action partner countries, participants will be able to 

  • Outline relevant international regulation, strategies and guidance for public health emergencies   
  • Be more familiarized with the concept of Epidemic Intelligence
  • Describe the main steps in designing and implementing a new surveillance system 
  • List and understand the strengths and weaknesses of different types of data, information, indicators, and proxies as well as data sources that can be used in public health surveillance 
  • Describe the different types of surveillance systems and the data sources they are based on 
  • Describe the added value of an integrated surveillance systems and how this can be achieved in different contexts  
  • Interpret data from a surveillance system and understand the use for public health action 
  • Outline relevant criteria and methods for evaluation of a surveillance system 


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Co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union this training is free to attend.

However, participants will need to arrange and cover their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs from their own organisation’s budget.

These SHARP Joint Action partners should have funds in their budget:  THL, RKI, INMI, BMSGPK, MCA, CIPH, SUJCHBO, SSI, MSAE, MOH-FR, EODY, NNK, SEMS, MOHLT, MFH, RIVM, HD, NIZP-PZH, MS , NIJZ, ISCIII, FOHM, DH, NAPH

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Venue: EPIC SANA Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal. 10% discount on online accommodation rates for workshop participants between 4 and 9 July 2023 via this link

Participants may also book through the website, inserting the defined code (SHARP23) manually and selecting the corresponding dates.

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