The TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course was organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (ITMIH), Berlin, and NESI/UAntwerp, from 11 to 22 January 2016 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. The accreditation for the two-weeks course was obtained in October 2013 and is valid until October 2018.
Thirteen participants from both industrialised (5) and developing countries (8) attended the course.
Lecturers came from the South African Medical Research Council and the University of Cape Town (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), NESI/UAntwerp (Belgium) and UNICEF.
Teaching methods included seminar-style and interactive lectures, exercises and group work on specific target diseases. Student evaluation was based on presentation of the group work, a written exam and an essay on a topic of choice related to vaccines and immunisation.