The TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course was organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (ITMIH), Berlin, and NESI/University of Antwerp, from 8 to 19 January 2018 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 advanced vaccinology course was obtained in October 2013 and is valid until October 2018.
Twelve students attended the course.
Lecturers came from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the South African Medical Reseach Council (SA-MRC), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Switzerland), 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), WHO/IARC (France), GlaxoSmithKline (Belgium and Germany) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
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 a written essay on a topic of choice relevant to vaccines and immunisation. The essays were evaluated by the course directors from ITMIH and NESI.