National Center for Epidemiology - as a training site
National Center for Epidemiology H-1097 Budapest, Albert Flórián út, 2-6 Tel +36 1 476 1194 Fax +36 1 476 1126Director - General: Dr. Márta MellesDeputy Director-General: Dr. Mária Takács
Description of the institute
The National Center for Epidemiology, Budapest, Hungary (NCE) is a governmental institution The geographic focus is the national level, as well as subnational level. The Hungarian name is Országos Epidemiológiai Központ or just OEK.
The mission of the OEK is to protect population health by numerous tasks, including research activities, training and practical activity in the field of communicable disease epidemiology, and to provide valid data on communicable diseases for decision-makers, health professionals and information to the public. NCE is also a national public health microbiological reference laboratory center. These reference laboratories have the task of maintenance of strain collection, sera bank, preparedness for rare pathogens, molecular-epidemiological typing of most important pathogens, scientific advice, training, accreditation, national and international operations, quality assurance, organization of national proficiency testing and participation in international ones, continuous development, built in cold capacity, international relationship for up-to-date information.
The main tasks and present activities of the Center
HIV/AIDS in Hungary; National Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections; National Surveillance of antibiotic resistance; Genetic background of antibiotic resistance; Pheno- and genotyping of most important human pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites); Vaccine preventable diseases; Monitoring of health status of Hungarian population; Chronic viral infections; Training in communicable disease epidemiology and microbiology.
The training opportunities include participation in surveillance programs, in data analysis of national reported data on communicable diseases and on laboratory results. The fellow has the opportunity to spend necessary time in laboratories and gain basic knowledge on sample processing and microbiological diagnostic methods, teaching, and publishing articles. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of outbreak investigations. Field work is expected to be done in cooperation with colleagues in public health centres. All necessary support including computer equipment, communication and library facilities are available.
For the EPIET/EUPHEM fellow a work plan is elaborated, which advancement is supported by the head of the center, they regularly discuss the next challenges. The fellow is based in the department/division that he had chosen in his project (Hospital Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Division of Virology, Division of Bacteriology, Parasitology, Mycology, Phage and molecular typing), but he/she can work in other units too. A practiced medical epidemiologist/microbiologist directly supervise the fellow, and he/she can ask for help from any experts of the institute if necessary. He/she can participate in trainings, useful programs, conferences organized in the institute and in other places in the country.
English. Conversational skills in Hungarian are welcome, even if in field investigations the fellow is working together with a Hungarian colleague.
Training historyNumber of EPIET fellows trained at the institute: 3 (2006-2008; 2010-2012; 2011-2013)Number of EPIET MS-track fellows trained at the institute: 1 (2011-2013)Number of alumni at the institute: 2
National Center for Epidemiology as training site - flyer
Bulletin of NCE
Structure of NCE
NCE - as a training site
Library of NCE