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Empowering health protection practitioners to deliver excellence

It's been a fantastic and inspiring short course. Being new to Public Health, it's a perfect overview of principles that I can build on and take forward professionally.

Autumn 2021 Delegate

This course really helped me to increase my knowledge and understanding of an area I currently work in. I think the most useful thing for me is that it pulled everything together so well and demonstrated the links across the huge area that is Health Protection. For want of a better phrase - it joined the dots!

Autumn 2021 Delegate

I found the course incredibly interesting, accessible and well-paced. I particularly valued the way that Dr Pankhania would consistently translate the learning from each session into practical examples, as having these examples of how the information works in practice really helped in terms of taking in the learning.

Autumn 2021 Delegate

Principles of Health Protection

Principles of Health Protection

About the Course

The arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic strain of the Coronavirus has highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness, forward planning, and robust outbreak management systems and infrastructure. The importance of the normally, not in the news, Communicable Disease Control expertise and collaborative working with Public Health and other interrelated agencies has come to the forefront. Prevention is the best way forward and this is what we should excel at.

The course will give participants a grounding in the core principles of health protection and is a useful building block towards achieving competency in health protection on call. The content will cover all the Faculty of Public Health competencies, including part of the syllabus for the DFPH (Diplomate exam) and will serve as a refresher and a primer for new practitioners (Consultant to Health Protection Practitioners).

Internationally, our course will demonstrate the importance of infectious disease epidemiology, the planning to prevent outbreaks and horizon scanning for rising threats, which, if they were to occur, would devastate a country and its people. Preparedness planning pays and being knowledgeable about the communicable and non communicable incidents and outbreaks will serve leaders in this domain well.

Course Lead

Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School with contributions from expert guest speakers.

Who is it for?

Useful for those already working in or considering working in public health, health protection, infection control, environmental health, infections with an animal and human interface, and primary care.

Delivery Format

This six day course will be delivered virtually on the 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, October 2022 from the comfort of your home and/or office without the need to travel. (From September 19th there will also be the option to join a welcome pre-course reading week virtual platform: 'Greet and Meet', with Dr Pankhania and delegates on the course.)     

The sessions will use a combination of participatory methodologies including presentations, case studies, table top exercises, group discussions and problem-based learning with ample opportunities for discussion, debate and blue sky thinking.

The course will include approximately 24 taught hours plus self-directed study. We advise you to make every effort to join all sessions to gain the most out of the course. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, do not worry, the sessions will be recorded and will be made available.

Contact us

For a full programme and/or any other enquiries about the course, please email 

or call +44 (0)1392 722964