Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED)

We are currently in the process of updating and modernizing the APHES course into an online program. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the upcoming edition of APHES, until we have developed this full online program. Please contact contact@cred.be in case you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive future updates. 

Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations (APHES)


Course objectives

This 2-week course aims to familiarize health professionals with epidemiological techniques to assess the health impact of disasters and conflicts on affected communities.


Location and Accomodation

The course is located in Brussels, Belgium.

APHES participants enjoy from a special rate at The Institute of Cultural Affairs Bed & Breakfast. A single room and breakfast can be booked for €50/night.


The Course

Interactive classes will be given by international experts with extensive experience in humanitarian settings.

The following subjects will be covered:

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Assessing Mortality & Cause of Death
  • Food Security
  • Surveying & Sampling Methods
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • Outbreak Case Studies
  • Mental Health


And many more.


Case studies will be presented and a simulation exercise will be held under the supervision and guidance of international experts. This will allow the students to put the knowledge acquired during the theoretical classes into practice. The course will concluded with an assessment that will test the knowledge acquired throughout the course and exercises.




Applicant profile

Students and professionals with training in public health, medicine, emergency response or related topics. Experience desirable in the humanitarian and emergency management sectors.


Selection process

We strive to have a diversified group of participants, balancing gender, organizational and geographical representation.

Participant selection is based on the candidate's profile, examined through the application form and CV, and based on the requirements mentioned above.


Practical information


1 July, 2019 (9:30 am) to 12 July, 2019 (6 pm) total: 10 days.



Classes will be taught in English. English proficiency is required.



  • Participation fees: 1 750 Euros;
  • UCL Alumni - Erasmus Mundus programmes (NOHA and EMMPHID) are eligible to 50% discount of the tuition fees. Others may qualify for a reduced price;
  • The course registration fee covers coursework, printed materials, coffee breaks and lunches;
  • Participant fees must be deposited and received by CRED by June 15, 2019; otherwise, participation will be cancelled;
  • No reimbursement will be made on cancellations after June 15, 2019.
  • EU citizens have the opportunity to apply for an ERASMUS + grant. Please contact us and we will be happy to guide you through the process.







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