Date & Place
30 March to 1 April 2022
About the course
The COVID-19 Disease Burden Training School provides an introduction to burden of disease assessment, using COVID-19 as a case study. It provides public health professionals, and researchers from related fields, with practical knowledge about summary measures of population health, the historical background of the Global Burden of Disease study and its outputs. Furthermore, the TS introduces the concept and rationale of the main metrics (YLLs, YLDs and DALYs), and underlines their application and importance or priority setting in public health policy and decision-making processes.
The Training School will be organized jointly with the PHIRI project.
The TS will be organized as three modules taking place from 30 March to 1 April 2022. Each module will include theoretical and practical sessions, exercises and follow-up discussions. Each module is planned to take place from 9h30 to 15h00 CET, including a lunch break.
- Module 1 (Introduction to DALYs and YLLs) introduces summary measures of public health and the basic concept of burden of disease, DALYs and YLLs
- Module 2 (Introduction to YLDs) focuses on disability weights and the other main YLD inputs: input data, severity distributions, and comorbidity adjustment
- Module 3 (DALYs: theory to practice) addresses practical issues related to data, assumptions, and uncertainties, and puts a focus on knowledge translation
Eligibility and prerequisites
The TS is open to all burden-eu members. The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 30. If the number of applications would exceed the maximum number of available seats, candidates will be selected a) to prioritise motivated students and early career investigators, b) to ensure gender and geographical balance (and favouring representatives from Inclusiveness Target Countries), and c) to prioritise highly motivated candidates.
Teaching will be in English. Exercises will require a basic proficiency in MS Excel.
|Time (CET)||Module 1|
|9h00||Welcome & introductions||Welcome & wrapup of previous session||Welcome & wrapup of previous session|
|9h30||Introduction to DALYs: historical and technical basis||Disability weights: theory and applications||From theory to practice: data, assumptions, uncertainties
|11h45||Lunch break||Lunch break||Lunch break|
|12h45||Calculating Years of Life Lost||Calculating Years Lived with Disability||Knowledge translation|
|14h30-15h00||Closure of module 1||Closure of module 2||Closure of module 3|