Learn how public health agencies and hospitals get ready for emergencies

Attend a one week intensive residential program with faculty onsite and  preparedness leaders that will share their experience and interact with you via web.

Public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) is the capability of the public health and health care systems, communities, and individuals, to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to, and recover from health emergencies, particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities. Nelson et al. AJPH 2007

This course is designed for public health practitioners, healthcare managers and individuals that work for organzations engaged in disaster planning and response as well as public health researchers. Participants will gain understanding of major challenges faced by public health systems in responding to natural disasters, infectious diseases, and acts of terrorism. The course presents the role of various sectors within the emergency preparedness response system including public health, healthcare providers, emergency management and civil protection personnel. Current and past emergencies such as 2019-nCov, Ebola, H1N1 and MERS will be examined in the form of case studies.


Elena Savoia, MD, MPH

Dr. Savoia obtained her MD from the University of Bologna and MPH from Harvard University. She is the deputy director of the Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation & Practice Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. She has been leading research and trainings sponsored by WHO, CDC, ECDC, NATO and DHS in the areas of performance measurement, emergency risk communication, community engagement and safety, drills and exercises.

Dr. Nour is a Public Health Specialist, Expert in Emergency Risk communication, and an epidemiologist in Communicable Disease at the Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control Department, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar. Dr Mohamed Nour has been a member of several expert technical groups and committees of the WHO including the WHO Expert Group to Develop Guidelines on Emergency Risk communication, the Advisory Committee for the DG WHO for the Yellow Fever outbreak in Angola, and the Technical Working Groups for updating the WHO Research Agenda for Influenza.

Marcello Pagano, PhD

Professor Pagano obtained a Ph.D. from  Johns Hopkins University and has spent the last 35 years on the faculty at the Harvard School Public Health teaching biostatistics and advising students.  His research in biostatistics is focused on compute intensive inference and surveillance methods that involve screening methodologies, with their associated laboratory tests, and in obtaining more accurate testing results that use existing technologies.

Rachael Piltch-Loeb, MSPH, PhD via Skype

Dr. Piltch-Loeb is a Preparedness Fellow at the Harvard Chan School. She received her masters degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a doctorate degree in Public Health from New York University where she is a junior research scientist at the College of Global Public Health’s Program on Population Impact, Recovery and Resilience. She has worked in research projects related to the Zika outbreak, water emergencies, West Nile virus and many other critical incidents.

Dr. Biddinger is the director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He has also responded to numerous incidents, including Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon bombings, Superstorm Sandy, and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Dr. Biddinger is currently developing the fist Regional Disaster Health Response System for the New England Region comprising 6 states and a population of 14.1 mil people.

Giorgia Argentini, MD, MSc

Dr. Argentini is an MD and researcher with the WHO Collaborating Center at the Burlo Garofalo Hospital in Trieste, Italy. Dr. Argentini also holds a MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. During the past ten years, she has worked as medical doctor and project coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontiers and other international organizations in South Africa, Angola, Brazil and in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.


Paul D. Biddinger MD,

FACEP-  via Skype

Mohamed Nour, MD



final agenda will be available in May

Day 1

June 8


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM   COFFEE BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM      LUNCH


Registration before March 8th Euro 1250 (students) Euro 1450 (general) - After March 8th Euro 1450 (student) and Euro 1650 (general) For information and enrollment:  www.biostatepi.org (block 6) - e-mail: bioepiedu@ki.se

Course Location


The residential course will be hosted in a wonderful castle in North Italy Castelbrando, 40 minutes from the city of Venice. To view the location please visit the hotel website http://www.hotelcastelbrando.com/.



A number of rooms has been reserved for the event. Please contact the team at Biostatepi www.biostatepi.org to enroll in the course and find out how to secure a room.