Lugano, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland

Digital Epidemiology

when 19 August 2024 - 21 August 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee CHF 1000

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the crucial need to more fully integrate computational methods into public health practices. Techniques such as digital contact tracing have proven to be significantly impactful during the pandemic. Yet, their adoption remains limited, often due to a gap between cutting-edge science and technology and the actual practices in local public health. This course aims to bridge this divide. We will immerse participants in the challenges of epidemiology and public health, showing them recent and current examples of digital epidemiology. Participants will acquire knowledge relevant to digital epidemiology, enhancing their public health toolkit.

The course will culminate in group presentations, where participants will share their insights and recommendations based on their analysis of scientific articles related to digital epidemiology.

Course leader

Prof. Marcel Salathé & Laura Espinosa

Course aim

By the end of the course participants will:
- Understand the concepts and principles of digital epidemiology and its relevance in public health;
- Recognize the potential benefits of incorporating AI tools in public health practice, particularly in the context of digital epidemiology;
- Understand the use of public health tools enhanced by AI to improve surveillance, monitoring, and response to disease outbreaks;
- Develop critical analysis skills to evaluate scientific articles on digital epidemiology and extract key aspects;
- Summarize and effectively communicate the key findings and implications of scientific articles on digital epidemiology;
- Generate ideas and propose next steps for advancing the field of digital epidemiology based on the insights obtained from analyzed articles;
- Apply theoretical knowledge and real-life examples from digital epidemiology and public health to propose next steps for advancing the analyzed scientific articles;
- Enhance overall understanding of how digital technologies and AI can contribute to effective public health practices and policies.

Credits info

1 EC
To get the Certificate of completion and the 1 ECTS participants MUST:
- Attend at least 80% of the course;
- Attend the plenary(s) offered during the days of the course;
- Participate in the development and presentation of the group exercises.

Fee info

CHF 1000: Early bird price until May1st.
CHF 1200: Normal price after May 1st.


Discounts are available for PhD and Master students and participants from LMICs. Some scholarships are available especially for participants from LMICs.