LSHTM Short Course: Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines

LSHTM is offering a short course in the Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines: Efficacy, Safety and Policy.

The course will take place between 2nd and 13th July 2018.

In November 2017 Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre was co-lead author of 11 papers published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases which highlighted the impact of disease caused by group B streptococcus (GBS). Professor Lawn recognized the importance of vaccine development stating that a streptococcus vaccine could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide as ‘vaccines are the way to go.’

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 training on current methods used in the evaluation of vaccine efficiency, safety and policy. It aims to address immunisation issues in high, middle and low income countries.

Who should apply?

The course is relevant to public health professionals and field researchers with a strong interest in vaccine efficacy, safety and policy impact. Although this course focuses on human diseases the same concepts apply to animal diseases. 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.

Participants will be expected to have completed a basic post-graduate epidemiology module or equivalent. They should have an understanding of epidemiological measures of disease frequency (incidence, prevalence), measures of effect (odds ratios, risk ratios), the merits of different study designs (cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, intervention studies) and key concepts and implications of sampling error, bias and confounding.

Course fees

The course fee for 2018 is £2,995.

Participants employed by academic/governmental institutions or NGOs from a LMIC (World Bank definition) are offered a 50% reduction on the course fee. This offer is applicable to a maximum of 10 participants on a first come first serve basis based on receipt of payment.

Fees will and cover participation in the course, training materials, and incidental tea/coffee and reception, but does not cover travel costs, accommodation and meals. If the course fee is to be paid on the applicant’s behalf, please send a letter from the sponsor to confirm this as soon as possible. Otherwise, the applicant will be held personally responsible for payment.

 For further details on the course and how to apply see here.