The ceremony was held on August 19, 2017 in the conference hall of the SPH. Dr. Amirhossein Takian, deputy dean for international affairs, Dr. Shabani, development manager of the deputy for international affairs, faculty members, and students, both Iranian and international, were attended. At the beginning, Dr. Takian, while mentioning that it is for the second consecutive year, which SPH is holding the international summer school, said that: “holding summer school on field epidemiology is based on a memorandum of understanding between the SPH and Bernard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) and the University of Hamburg to conduct plans related to public health”. He also stated “last year the SPH and BNITM received a joint grant from DAAD institute, with an approach to hold international schools on field epidemiology for three years to provide required training on epidemiological principles of emerging and re-emerging diseases in Iran”. In continue, He noted the difference of this summer school with the previous one. “in the last year field experiment of participants was as case study in the SPH, while in this year, students will travel to a village in Hamedan Province, called AKlony, and will have environmental activities in a Research Base of the Pasteur Institute of Iran”, he said. This research base is a reference in diagnosing plague, Q-fever and Tularemia, as well it studies on monitoring other emerging and re-emerging diseases. The dean deputy for international affairs added that participants will stay for one week in the research base.
“In comparison with the previous year in terms of the number of participants and students from different countries, we have seen a significant growth. So that, 13 participants from Germany, Austria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ghana, and Canada participated in the summer school, which based on the experiences of the last summer school and appropriate advertisements this growth was predictable”, he claimed. He also said that 14 Iranian students as well as staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education have participated in the summer school. “Fortunately, SPH has extensive collaborations with Pasteur Institute of Iran, and five of its faculty members attend in our summer school”, he said. Dr. Takian mentioned that the number of the participated faculty members have increased and in this way 12 faculty members of the SPH and 10 German professors teach the determined curriculum of the second summer school. While mentioning the cultural and social importance of the summer schools, he noted that “visiting cultural and historical sites of the Hamedan Province are in the agenda”. “Holding summer schools while transferring the newest experience and knowledge of the world in the field of epidemiology, leads to expansion of scientific communications and social collaboration to show the real face of the country to foreigners”, he asserted. He also said that the achievements and opportunities of these activities are considerable. In this way first summer school led into two joint research projects, and we hope that more be achieved this year”.
While acknowledging of the Deputy for International Affairs of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) for their spiritual and financial supports, he added that “providing the first report of the summer school to International Deputies Council provided a good opportunity for appropriate planning and increasing the number of summer schools”. The Dean Deputy of International Affairs of the SPH reminded that the second summer school on field epidemiology continuous for three weeks and at the end participants will receive certificates from TUMS and BNITM.
Then, Dr. Holakoue, faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, presented a report about the first epidemiology international summer school.
Dr. Shabani, as the last lecture, spoke about the summer school and said “in most of the world summer schools are supported by schools, universities and sometimes private sector that their participation has a significant impact on educational progress”. “Having an international experience, better job opportunities, expansion of academic interactions with other universities are among other advantages of the summer schools”, he noted. He also mentioned that “during 2016 one summer school was held in the TUMS that the SPH hosted it”. In continue he claimed that “12 summer schools have planned by 8 schools for 2017” and reminded that Medical, Dentistry, and Public Health schools held their summer schools.