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Want to know more about vaccines? Want to improve your understanding of immunization?

I was interested to know about courses on immunization and vaccines that are available either online or on location in Europe. Because it fits perfectly with the Forum’s “in focus” topic this month, I would like to share with you what I found. The results are of an online search (I did not participate in any of the courses yet, so the list is not based on personal experience – but the organizations seem reliable to me). Hopefully this information will be helpful to you as well! If you want to read more about the content and even join one course – just follow the links below.

Do you know of any other courses on immunization? Maybe in another language than English? Or you already participated in one? Please feel free to share it with us underneath my post!


Online courses:


  • look for course “wiser immuniser” which is provided by European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) in collaboration with WHO/Europe; the course has CPD accreditation; Registration for the online course opens two months before the start date, places are limited; Next registration: 22.08.16 for course with start as of 17.10.16


  • provided by WHO, e-learning course on Vaccine Safety basics to help understand the origin and nature of adverse events, the importance of pharmacovigilance, and risk and crisis communication


  • provided by Globe (Global Link for Online Biomedical Expertise), interactive modules as well as a large panel of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and courses


  • Birmingham City University, Immunization and Vaccination Online Moodle Course - 2016/17, can start anytime throughout the year


  • 12 different self-study immunization courses


  • immunization and vaccination e-learning course with 7 sessions


  • E- Learning for Healthcare, three knowledge sessions and three assessment session

On location courses:

Université de Genève (Switzerland)


Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC), two-week training programme for decision-makers in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination, 8 - 19 May 2017. Applications for ADVAC 2017 will be open from 1 July 2016 until 15 November 2016.

University of Oxford | Jenner Institute


  • Clinical vaccine development and biomanufacturing: 17.-20.10.2016; (vaccine biomanufacturing from small to large scale including regulatory aspects; clinical trial design and case studies for specific vaccines covering phase I, II and III, including field trials in developing countries; immune monitoring, statistical and ethical considerations.)
  • Human and veterinary vaccinology: 21.-25.11.2016; (successful vaccines [human and veterinary]; vaccines in development; vaccine design and antigen selection; basic immunology; economics of vaccination; ethical considerations.


University programmes:

University of Antwerp, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Institute

Master in science & PhD in the field of evidence-based vaccinology

Chair in evidence-based vaccinology, created in 2008, sponsored from Wyeth



Institut Pasteur, Paris

Vaccinology, an integrative discipline for medical or scientific postgraduates or professionals (Immunological aspects of vaccination, new strategies for the characterization of protecting antigens, preclinical and clinical trials: basic principles, major infectious diseases: epidemiology, physiopathology and vaccines under development, impact of vaccines on the control of infectious diseases: success and failure)

University of Sienna (sponsored by Novatis, created in 2009)

Master’s programme in vaccinology & pharmaceutical clinical development for graduates in Medicine
1-year training: Training certificate from Novartis, 2-year training: M.Sc. degree

(Vaccine development process, Vaccine preventable diseases & vaccinology, Immunology & translational medicine, Clinical development methodology & pharmacovigilance, Regulatory affairs, Good clinical practice & clinical quality assurance, Clinical trial operations, Biostatistics & clinical data management, Policies & recommendations for vaccines in the world)

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Thanks for sharing with us, Angus!

I also heard about another course which is a Postgraduate Professional Development Short Course on "Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance (Distance Learning)" provided by The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

See more at: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/cpd/distance_pharmacoepidemiology_pharmacovigilance.html#sthash.cRv0yGcO.dpuf

Postgraduate Professional Development Short Course

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