Disease Control: Strategies and Policies

Kliniken & Institute … Institute Heidelberger Institut… Teaching Short Courses Short Courses in… Disease Control:…

February 28 - March 11, 2022


  • Tuition Fees: General Admission €1,500, tropEd €1,000
  • 2-week course equals 90 hrs of student investment time (60 hrs of lectures and facilitated group work and 30 hrs of self-study time), TropEd students can earn 3 ECTS points
  • Open to: tropEd students, public health professionals and other health professionals and managers

Entry Requirements

This Short Course is held in English. Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. Previous coursework in a related field of study and/or experience in disease control is desirable.

Content Overview

This short course provides in-depth knowledge on principles and strategies of disease control and equips students with the necessary skills to successfully establish, strengthen and systematically review disease control programmes. The course mainly focuses on disease control in disadvantaged populations of developing countries. It draws on local, regional and global policies and strategies to analyse strengths and weaknesses in disease control. The course places special emphasis on strengthening multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration and effectively involving communities and patients in disease control programmes.

Course Topics

  • Global Burden of Disease
  • Principles and strategies of disease control, elimination and eradication programs
  • Communicable disease control and the role of primary health care (PHC) in control strategies
  • Non-communicable disease control and the role of health promotion in control strategies
  • The application of surveillance systems, monitoring and evaluation in disease control programmes
  • Outbreak control
  • Dengue control: Clinical and vector control strategies
  • Polio eradication: The last mile
  • HIV/AIDS control: Pattern of the epidemic, case studies on HIV prevention from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and disease management strategies and their application in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Helminth control
  • Rabies control: Addressing a complex zoonosis
  • Malaria control: Clinical and vector control strategies
  • Human African Trypanosomiasis control
  • Tobacco control
  • Diabetes control in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Case studies in communicable and non-communicable disease control from the home countries of course participants
  • The impact of the epidemiological transition for disease control programmes in developing countries
  • Disease control and human resources, and the role of formal and informal health services in the health system

Learning Objectives

After successful completion, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically discuss policies and principles, to the control of various communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as related approaches and strategies such as primary health care, inter-sectoral collaboration, multidisciplinary approaches, and community participation
  • Analyse the role of formal and informal health services in disease control

Schedule & Certification

Most of the short courses require full-time attendance from Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5 pm. Of Fridays courses generally finish around noon If not stated otherwise, all classes and activities will also run on public holidays.

Students and course participants must attend full-time and successtully complete all the assessment components in order to receive a certificate of attendance or a grade report from Heidelberg University. tropEd students will be able to credit short courses towards the Master's programme at their home institution.

Course Fee

  • General Admittance: € 1.500.-
  • tropEd students: € 1.000.-

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.-
Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.
Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.
If the participant withdraws from the course

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.