A set of training materials for professionals working in intervention epidemiology, public health microbiology and infection control and hospital hygiene.
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. .
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).
This part of FEMWiki contains Guidelines for each of areas in Disease Prevention and Control. Current guidelines include SurvQual, RAGIDA, Legionella Toolbox.
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.
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.
The following YouTube videos may help you get the idea of how to use the various elements of FemWiki:
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