The TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course was organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (ITMIH), Berlin, and NESI/UAntwerp, from 12 to 23 January 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The course is an accredited module (3.5 ECTS credit points) of the TropEd Masters Programme in International Health. TropEd is a network of institutions for higher education in International Health, including European and non-European institutions. It was the second time that the course was organised over two weeks, following faculty and student recommendations from previous courses. The accreditation for the two-weeks course was obtained in October 2013 and is valid until October 2018.
Eighteen participants from both industrialised and developing countries attended the course. Among the participants was one NITAG member from Kenya.
Lecturers came from the Universities of Cape Town and Limpopo (South Africa), Gavi (Switzerland), Ministry of Health of Ghana, Robert Koch Institute (Germany), Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (Germany), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), WHO/HQ (Switzerland), GlaxoSmithKline (Belgium and Germany) and NESI/UAntwerp (Belgium).
Teaching methods included seminar-style and interactive lectures, exercises and group work on specific target diseases. A visit was brought to the Robert Koch Institute overseeing Germany's vaccination programme.