Environmental Epidemiology Training module
Every year, as part of the UK Field Epidemiology Training Programme
(FETP), both fellows and anyone internal or external to PHE, can apply
to attend as a participant in this week-long residential training
module. The UK-FETP Environmental Epidemiology module is designed
to introduce concepts and skills to enable participants to
contribute epidemiological support in the preparedness and response
to environmental health threats[RC1] .
It’s jointly prepared by the UK FETP and the Environmental
Epidemiology Group within the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and
Environmental Hazards (CRCE) in PHE / UK Public Health Security
Agency, with contributions from across the organisation and academic partners.
The module comprises of a mix of lectures in the morning and
interactive scenario-based seminars in small groups in the afternoons.
It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in a comprehensive
introduction to the full scope of environmental epidemiology in
service, in research and in a global context[RC2] . The module is hosted by the FETP
trainers and the Environmental Epidemiology Group, and lectures were
delivered (both digitally and in-person) by a variety of experts in
environmental epidemiology, toxicology, extreme events, climate change
and disaster risk/reduction.
The aim is to provide participants with an introduction to the
principal topics in environmental epidemiology, with an emphasis on
surveillance, research and risk management and communication. Together
with work-based experience the module should equip participants with
the knowledge and tools required to provide epidemiological support to
health protection threats of an environmental nature. It’s also a
great opportunity to meet a varying range of employees at PHE.
Opportunities for future employment in environmental epidemiology are discussed.
Public Health Research and Science conference 24th-27th May 2021:
Many of the environmental epidemiology team members presented work in
the Environment and Health session at the Public Health Research and
Science conference hosted online by PHE. Our team presented on 5 topics:
Bernd Eggen presented “Facilitating access to 150 years of
weather data for public health surveillance”. Available to view here
Neelam Iqbal presented “Disparities in childhood Lead
exposure cases in England 2015-2019”
Hannah Emmett presented “A protocol for implementing a health
register in response to the explosion of ammonium nitrate in Beirut,
Lebanon, August 2020”.
Helen Crabbe presented “Developing an air pollution exposure
surveillance system in England; a new national vulnerability
indicator”. Available to view here.
Elizabeth Marchant presented "Pilot study to
identify key sources of lead exposure among children in
The 14th UK and Ireland Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Society meeting took place 3rd-4th June 2021:
- Group leader, Dr Giovanni Leonardi chaired session 3 of the
conference, titled: “COVID-19 epidemiology and environment”.
Rebecca Close presented “Which groups of individuals are more
likely to die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning? An
overview of coroners’ findings”
Dr Tony Fletcher presented: “Exposure to perfluoroalkyl
substances and risk for COVID-19, new results and implications for
general population exposure”
The UK Indoor Environment Group (UKIEG) conference took place on 24th
Rebecca Close presented “Why do people still die from
unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning? An overview of coroners’
Lastly, we have the 33rd
Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental
Epidemiology conference coming up from 23rd-26th August 2021. The
following colleagues will be presenting:
Helen Crabbe will be presenting “Developing an air pollution
exposure surveillance system in England: a new national
Dr Tony Fletcher will be presenting “Characteristics of
Studies that have influence in policy- examples from PFAS
Join our group page for further updates on the work we’re
involved in and to access our publications.