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Empowering health protection practitioners to deliver excellence

'Thank you an amazing 6 half days. My knowledge and understanding of health protection has grown and I feel I've a very good theoretical base in which to build my public health practice.' Delegate Feedback (Oct 2022) 

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! Delegate Feedback (Oct 2022)

'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.' Delegate Feedback (Oct 2022)

Principles of Health Protection CPD Course

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 seven day course will be delivered virtually on 28th Sept, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th October 2023

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 28 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