Two CARTA Fellows trained at the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology in Florence, Italy
Two Cohort Eight Fellows Christine Minoo Mbindyo and Getrude Shepelo Peter from the University of Nairobi were among 100 participants from 22 different countries who attended the 31st annual residential summer course in epidemiology from June 11 to July 6 in Italy.
The four-week long residential course consisted of one week of the pre-course and three weeks of the main course. The course, the fellows shared, were intensive and involved high-quality lectures and practical sessions.
The participants at the training were drawn from different professional backgrounds among them were epidemiologists, public health practitioners, statisticians, and clinicians.
Ms Mbindyo says the course was “one of its kind” and was facilitated by highly knowledgeable professors in epidemiology from universities and institutions from Europe.
“This was a great opportunity for me to learn key topics in epidemiological methods, statistical models, and data analysis. During the pre-course I learned about Geographical Information System (GIS) in epidemiology, spatial analysis, and geo-mapping,” she said.
The skills gained from these topics, she added, will be central to her doctoral research as she will be collecting data from different geographical locations. Thus, she is skilled to visualize, analyse and to link data from different areas to understand relationships, patterns, and trends of diseases.
Ms Peter said she was excited to meet Prof. Nino Künzli, Chair of the Northern Partners of CARTA and Deputy Director Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland.
She shared: “I had the pleasure to attend his classes on where he shared his vast knowledge on air pollution. I also got a chance to share some time with one of the directors of EEPE summer course, Prof. Lorenzo Richiardi from Turin University, Italy and enjoyed his session on epidemiology as core to population health.”
Both fellows acknowledged that the summer school gave them a chance to connect and interact with other researchers and professionals in different fields.
Prof Künzli described the fellows as being “excellent, very enthusiastic and dedicated students.”
The Prof said: “It was a pleasure meeting them and having them in my class during their 4th week in Italy. I will try to double the fellowships from EEPE to CARTA in 2019.”