Training workshops


ImageIn partnership with PPHSN members and bodies, the section conducts sub-regional and in-country training workshops in:

- public health surveillance
- outbreak investigation & communicable disease epidemiology
- computer applications for public health surveillance and outbreak investigation.


Accreditation by the Fiji School of Medicine is possible. These workshops can also be delivered within the framework of a "Data for Decision-Making" (DDM) training programme or Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP).

  • Participants: Preferably members of the national/territorial EpiNet team (or equivalent), plus any person involved in public health surveillance and response.
  • Duration: 1 week for each module.
  • Cost: SPC or other PPHSN partners (including PICTs) cover airfare and per diem costs. A cost-share basis is also possible, e.g. for in-country training with the country covering local costs.
  • Follow-up: Participants are expected to implement or improve some surveillance activities in-country. A field project is required within the framework of the DDM or FETP.

Training on request


In partnership with PPHSN members and bodies, sub-regional or in-country training workshops can be provided on request, provided funding (by the country/territory or from other sources) is available. The subject areas can be tailored to address specific country needs.

For example:

  • In-country training workshops on identification, surveillance and control of vector mosquitoes (in
    collaboration with Pasteur Institute of New Caledonia and Louis Malardé Institute), data use,
    surveillance or outbreak investigation.
  • In-country training on laboratory testing methods, technical and shipping procedures.



Training attachments


This training takes the form of an attachment within the Section at SPC's Noumea headquarters. Trainees work on specific projects, with clear objectives and expected outputs, agreed on between themselves and the Section. Usually, an article by the trainee on the achieved work is published as a result of the attachment.

  • Eligible applicants: Students or health professionals from the region interested in public health surveillance of communicable diseases.
  • Conditions: Application on request of country/territory or partner agency. Approval is contingent on the workload of the section and on availability of funding.
  • Number of participants: One, possibly two persons can be trained at a time.
  • Duration: Preferably 3-4 months, although this is flexible.
  • Cost: On a cost-sharing basis, depending on availability of funding (with the section possibly covering airfare and per diem costs for food and accommodation).
  • Follow-up: On their return home, possibility of assistance at distance if needed.



Training materials


We use the following computer applications in our training courses on public health surveillance and outbreak investigation: