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Core Competencies in Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology Technical Report and Self-Assessment Tool
21 Apr 2022

We are pleased to announce that ECDC has published the self-assessment tool and technical report resulting from ASPHER's project Updating Core Competencies in Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (UCCAIDE) for mid-career applied epidemiologists. 

Harmonising the competencies used in applied infectious disease epidemiology will facilitate collaboration and enhance the use of a common language among professionals who tackle cross-border health threats in Europe.

The competency framework contains a list of 157 competencies grouped in six subject areas:

 

  • Essential methods for applied infectious disease epidemiology
  • Preparedness, surveillance and response to infectious disease outbreaks
  • Communication and advocacy
  • Practice of infectious disease epidemiology
  • Contextual influences on infectious disease management
  • Leadership and management

The potential uses for this competency set include:

  • training needs assessments in public health institutions
  • individual assessments
  • writing of vacancy notices
  • professional development planning.

The work, which was contracted by ECDC, will also feed into updates of ASPHER Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.

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