The TropEd Advanced Vaccinology Course was organised by the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (ITMIH), Berlin, and NESI/UAntwerp, from 6 to 17 January 2014 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. This was the first time that the course was run for two weeks, following faculty and student recommendations. The accreditation for the two-weeks course was obtained in October 2013 and is valid until October 2018.
Thirteen students from both industrialised and developing countries attended the course.
Lecturers came from the Universities of Cape Town and Limpopo (South Africa), Gavi (Switzerland), Ministry of Health of Ghana, Robert Koch Institute (Berlin, Germany), Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health (Berlin, 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, and group work on specific target diseases. A visit was brought to the Robert Koch Institute overseeing Germany's vaccination programme.
NESI staff gave lectures on the following topics: HPV vaccines; Adolescent vaccination; Immunisation training and education; and Cold Chain. NESI also facilitated the group work on HPV vaccines and chaired several sessions.
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 organisers (ITMIH and NESI).