Joint Course in Epidemiology – Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Siberian State Medical University

  1. Synopsis

The common vision of Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH) and Siberian State Medical University in Tomsk (SSMU), Russian Federation, is a joint annual course in epidemiology. The current project represents a practical start of this joint teaching activity and consists of (i) analysis of the course needs, (ii) development of curriculum and teaching activity, (iii) training of trainers (ToT), particularly at SSMU and (iv) development of mid-term strategies to sustain the course (finances, trainers, etc.). The teaching of this project will take place at SSMU.

  1. The project objectives are
  1. To define the needs of a joint course in epidemiology and of teaching staff
  2. To develop the curriculum and teaching activities of the course
  3. To train the trainers (ToT) at SSMU in teaching epidemiology
  4. To develop a strategy to sustain the annual course
  1. Project activities are
  1. To perform a course review of SSMU teaching in order to identify potential teachers / scientific staff and needs for the course
  2. To develop and establish the curriculum and teaching activities of the course
  3. To develop and implement a one day ToT-seminar for scientists of SSMU
  4. To implement the first joint course in epidemiology in close collaboration between Swiss TPH epidemiologists and SSMU scientific staff
  5. To develop a strategy for sustaining the course

A broad spectrum of educational methods will be used: realistic case studies and group work to force the direct discussions, interaction and the understanding of various influencing factors to put different elements into context.

  1. SwissTPH and SSMU joint mid-term goals is

to implement a joint annual course in applied epidemiology:

  • To train MSc, PhD and MD students from Russia and Switzerland,
  • To train staff of clinical trials and research projects in Russia and Switzerland
  • To continuously develop the course at SSMU with relevant faculty staff
  • To offer the course in first years to SSMU trainees but later to national and international interested students
  1. Context

SwissTPH has been promoting high quality professional education for many years in the fields of epidemiology, public health and international health. Its master programs are accredited by the University of Basel and the European Network for Education in International Health. All courses are taught in English. These programs and courses follow the concept of lifelong learning (LLL), the continuous building of skills and knowledge of an individual for personal and professional reasons.

SSMU, founded in 1878, is among the top-3 medical schools and top-30 higher educational institutions in Russia. SSMU has a solid course curriculum in medical (clinical) training. It is the first medical school in Russia whose innovative enterprises became partners to Skolkovo innovation center. SSMU enforces the concept of translating innovations to application in health services. Hence, epidemiologically trained scientists are essential for that process. Furthermore, SSMU is actively searching for integrating into the international scientific and educational community and encouraging the involvement of international leading scientists into the activities of SSMU.

 

Participants

Prof. Peter Odermatt
University: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basel, Switzerland
Départment: Epidemiology and Public Health Department

Dr. Jan Hattendorf
University: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basel, Switzerland
Départment: Epidemiology and Public Health Department

Dr. Axel Hoffmann
University: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), Basel, Switzerland
Départment: Education and Training Department

Prof. med. Olga Fedorova
University: Siberian State Medical University (SSMU), Tomsk, Russian Federation
Départment: Faculty of Pediatrics Department

Dr. med. Marina Fedotova
University: Siberian State Medical University (SSMU), Tomsk, Russian Federation
Départment: Faculty of Pediatrics Department

Dr. med. Tatiana Sokolova
University: Siberian State Medical University (SSMU), Tomsk, Russian Federation
Départment: Center of Medical Simulation

Assoc. Prof. Dr. med. Evgenia Deeva
University: Siberian State Medical University (SSMU), Tomsk, Russian Federation
Départment: Faculty of Pediatrics Department