Vaccinology courses

The list of European institutions providing vaccinology courses is non-exhaustive, and they do not automatically come with European Vaccine Initiative's recommendation. The list should be seen as a help to partners and collaborators etc.

Specific courses are not listed, and application procedures, deadlines, cost, start date and course duration etc. should be sought on the respective web sites.

We would be pleased to hear from you if you know of vaccinology courses which should be included.


  • University of Antwerp, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Institute
    Co-organised by WHO, Co-funded by EC

Summer school on vaccinology
for medical, nursing or midwifery students and accessible to medical and veterinary doctors and pharmacists

- Introduction & vaccine history 
- The immune system, how vaccines work, types of vaccines, composition and development
- Vaccine preventable diseases
- Practical skills training: good immunisation practice 
- Vaccination policy and immunisation schedules 
- Current safety issues and controversies regarding immunisation 
- Communicating on vaccines with parents 
- Future vaccines

  • University of Antwerp
    Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Institute

Master in science & PhD in the field of evidence based vaccinology 
Chair in evidence-based vaccinology, created in 2008, sponsored from Wyeth


  • Institut Pasteur, Paris

Vaccinology, an integrative discipline
for medical or scientific postgraduates or professionals

- Immunological aspects of vaccination
- New strategies for the characterization of protecting antigens
- Preclinical and clinical trials: basic principles
- major infectious diseases: epidemiology, physiopathology and vaccines under development
- impact of vaccines on the control of infectious diseases: success and failure

  • University Lyon 1 University Paris-V and Paris-VI

Inter-university diploma in French

100 hours over one year: 3 three-day seminars over 5 months. Internet self-training and self-evaluation.

- Immunological and epidemiological basis of vaccination
- Vaccine-preventable diseases
- Vaccines: 
- Global vaccination strategies and surveillance

  • University Bordeaux
  • Société Pathologie Exotique Paris
  • Service Santé Armée
  • European network for Education in International Health

University diploma - international Francophone vaccinology course
Cours international francophone de vaccinologie - in French

80 hours + written report by students. Since 2006 courses given in Paris.
- mode of action of vaccines
- initiation to vaccine clinical development and vaccine production
- surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases
- evaluation of vaccine field efficacy
- vaccine administration
- socio-economical, ethical and political aspects

  • University Paris-Est, Créteil

Master 2 in vaccinology
also open to managers from pharmaceutical industry

Project submitted to Ministry of Education and Research, linked to the establishment of a Laboratory of Excellence - Institute of Vaccine Research (Institut de Recherche Vaccinale (VRI)


  • Fondation Mérieux, France
  • Université de Genève

ADVAC course
for decision-makers in all fields related to vaccines and vaccination

The multifaceted nature of vaccinolgy
- How vaccines work
- Decision-making in vaccine research & preclinical development
- Assessing vaccines in clinical trials
- Vaccine safety - assessment of adverse effects
- Ethical issues
- Introducing new vaccines into vaccination programmes
- Selecting appropriate vaccination strategies
- Facing the medi


  • University Bordeaux 
  • Universities of several Francophone African countries

Inter-university diploma (in French) DIUVAC

Formation for Francophone Africa
First course March 2012 - Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)


  • University of Sienna
    Sponsored by Novatis, created in 2009

Masters programme in vaccinology & pharmaceutical clinical development
For graduates in Medicine
1-year training: Training certificate from Novartis
2-year training: M.Sc. degree

- Vaccine development process
- Vaccine preventable diseases & vaccinology
- Immunology & translational medicine
- Clinical development methodology & pharmacovigilance
- Regulatory affairs
- Good clincial practice & clincial quality assurance
- Clinical trial operations
- Biostatistics & clincial data management
- Policies & recommendations for vaccines in the world



  • Boerhaave/LUMC, Leiden

The future of vaccinology

The course aims to train participants to helicopter above the world of vaccines and gain a general overview, but also to zoom in on the variious links of this chain.


  • University of Geneva, Department of Pathology & Immunology
  • WHO Centre for Vaccinology and Neonatal Immunology

Medical degree
Bachelor degree
Masters degree

Chair in vaccinology created in 2000
Teaching in Immunology


  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Short course

Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines: Efficacy, Safety, Policy.

The course provides an understanding of the methods used in the evaluation of vaccines, from phase I trials through to population impact and policy. It is aimed at public health professionals and field researchers with a strong interest in vaccine efficacy, safety and policy impact. Participants will be expected to have a basic postgraduate epidemiology module or equivalent.

  • University of Oxford | Jenner Institute

Vaccinology programme

1.  Human and veterinary vaccinology:
5 day course covering successful vaccines (human and veterinary); vaccines in development; vaccine design and antigen selection; basic immunology; economics of vaccination; ethical considerations.

2.  Clinical vaccine development and biomanufacturing:
4 day course covering vaccine biomanufacturing from small to large scale including regulatory aspects; clinical trial design and case studies for specific vaccines covering phase I, II and III, including field trials in developing countries; immune monitoring, statistical and ethical considerations.

3.  “Vaccinology in Africa” course

The “Vaccinology in Africa” Course is a five-day Masters level course aimed at students, researchers and professionals’ resident in Africa.  The course is held annually and  covers the main aspects of vaccinology, the vaccine development process, biomanufacturing, regulatory and ethical issues.  The course is  unique in that it is held in Africa, has an exceptional faculty of academic and industrial speakers, and resonates with the ‘One Health’ agenda by highlighting human and veterinary links and synergies from scientific, technological and regulatory perspectives. 

  • Vaccine Institute at St. George's University, London
    Vaccinology research centre

MD (res)

- Biomedical sciences
- Clinical sciences
- Courses in infection and immunology

  • University of Oxford
    Oxford Vaccine Group

Short courses - immunology

- Infection & immunology in children (3 days)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases
- Oxford Vaccine Group immunisation seminar (1 day)


  • On line developed by WHO

Vaccine safety programme

Vaccine safety