4 consecutive days  



The main objectives are:

To understand the principles of evidence-based health care and public health.

To get to know the methods and main tools.

To apply the principles, methods and tools using real life examples.  

Target audience

 It is an introductory course targeted at beginners. Specific knowledge and practical experience with methods and tools of evidence-based health care and public health are not needed. However, some basic epidemiological knowledge is helpful to fully benefit from the training.

Selection criteria

 The course is open to ECDC staff and staff from public health authorities in the Member States. ECDC signs up through Allegro. For external participants an invitation is sent through the National Focal Points for Training and the National Focal Points for Scientific Advice Coordination, CC the Coordinating Competent Bodies. The 20 spaces are filled on a first come first served basis with the restriction that no more than three participants are allowed per country. A waiting list is set up. 



Evidence-based decision-making in the era of public participation

Systematic review and meta-analysis

How to get started and develop a review protocol

Search techniques and sources of evidence

Critical appraisal of evidence

From evidence to recommendations: Levels of evidence and strength of recommendations

Available software tools

Methods / format


Lectures and interactive presentations, plenary discussions and small group work. A mix of lectures and hands-on training using real life examples.

Over the four days the participants will work in small groups on all steps of a systematic review and meta-analysis and present their results on the last course day.

Competencies to be acquired

 The participants will acquire the theoretical knowledge as well as basic practical skills needed to start applying the principles and methods of evidence-based health care and public health in their daily work.

Link to training material