Background & Aims

Trainers and facilitators of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) initially developed a set of lecture notes and articles on epidemiologic methods supporting the EPIET introductory courses. The philosophy of sharing and building knowledge (in particular training materials) led to the idea and creation of a collaborative information space for the epidemiological training community - The FEM Wiki.

In recent years, articles on other key disciplines for disease prevention & control such as public health microbiology, informatics and public health law have been added. The aim of the FEM Wiki is to create a library of training materials for training programmes for all disciplines in disease prevention & control. In addition to articles (1), the FEM Wiki contains curricula for training programmes (2), core competencies (3), guidelines (4)  and work space for communities of practice (5). These 5 pillars form the FEM Wiki collaborative platform.

FEM Wiki is an open information sharing platform for public health experts, hosted and funded by ECDC. The content of FEM Wiki is provided by users of the platform and does not necessarily represent opinion of ECDC. By contributing content to FEMWIKI, users agree to the conditions as described under Creative Commons and to FEM Wiki users’ code of conduct. .

What FEM Wiki is:

  • A tool for supporting training in field epidemiology and related disciplines;
  • Peer reviewed collection of training material
  • An advocate of evidence based arguments and multiple points of view
  • Host the discussion fora focused on field epidemiology training and practice
  • New development in epidemiological methods

What FEM Wiki is not:

  • an encyclopaedia;
  • an indiscriminate collection of information;
  • a publisher of original thoughts though it may happen;
  • a newspaper;
  • a private blog, nor a soapbox;
  • a web host;
  • a survey instrument;
  • a bureaucracy.

The FEM Wiki site is organised into groups: articles, guidelines, core competencies, communities and help.  Each is centred around a wiki and a forum.  Groups exist to support a particular type of user or usage.  The overall structure is shown below:


The FEM Wiki Manual Articles group centres around the Manual - a publicly available Wiki for Field Epidemiology that is organised by concept (see Taxonomy).

It also includes forums for:
  • discussing Manual content
  • public Question & Answer services
  • Feedback and Bugs on the working of the site


This group supports the training of the EPIET cohort and full access is limited to this community. Curricula and content of courses for the professionals outside the EPIET/EUPHEM community is also available in this group. The wiki contains references, teaching instructions, etc.  The Curricula group currently contains also forums attached to particular pages.


This part of FEMWiki contains Guidelines for each of areas in Disease Prevention and Control. Current guidelines include SurvQual, RAGIDA, Legionella Toolbox.

Core Competencies for Disease Prevention & Control

The ECDC coordinates networks for disease prevention & control in the European Union. As one of the mechanisms to align the professional activities between those networks and between the Member States, ECDC aims for consensus on core competencies for each of the relevant disciplines. Those established competencies can further guide training and training related processes.

Communities of practice

One of the central concepts in ECDC's e-Learning strategy is a Community of Practice. From the premise that continuous professional development is an integral part of life as a public health professional and that much of the adult learning takes place by sharing experiences of good practice, we understood that an online system aimed at public health training needs to foster communities and allow them to interact and learn together.


This group gathers together all information that might be useful for users interacting with the site.  Where the wiki does not answer a query, the forum is provided to allow the community to assist.  Answers in the forum can be used to grow the wiki.

Watch Videos to get introduced to FemWiki

The following YouTube videos may help you get the idea of how to use the various elements of FemWiki:

  • Introduction to FemWiki, join, sign up and use Articles