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There are a number of courses available though LSHTM and external partners relating to vaccines and immunity. This page will be updated with courses and opportunities as they arise:

LSHTM courses

*NEW* Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on COVID-19

Understand the emergence of COVID-19, and how we respond to it going forward.

Start date: 25 May 2020
Duration: 3 weeks, 4 hours p/w
Location: online
Cost: free

See more on the course page.


Upcoming LSHTM short courses: 

Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines:efficacy, safety and policy

*Course cancelled for 2020 - interest can be registered for 2021**

Details:   2 week course on advanced epidemiological tools for vaccine evaluation

Teaching mode: face-to-face

Course dates: 6 - 17 July 2020

Location: London

Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

More information available on the course page.

Building trust, managing risk around vaccines: from trials to delivery

*Course cancelled for 2020 will now be held online**

Details: 3.5-day course, developed by the Vaccine Confidence ProjectTM 

Teaching mode: Online 

Course dates: 20 - 23 July

Location: London

Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

More information available on the course page.


Current PhD funding and opportunities: 

See main LSHTM page for additional scholarships and research funding opportunities here.

2020-21 HPRU Vaccines and Immunisation Studentships

The deadline for applications is 10.00am BST, 5 May 2020

Project 1: Impact and cost-effectiveness modelling of a COVID-19 vaccine 

Supervisory team

LSHTMMark Jit

Public Health England: Frank Sandmann

Project

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is likely to spread around the world and to become endemic, with a substantial impact forecasted on the national and global economy and population health; hence one of the main long-term preventive measures against it is development of a prophylactic vaccine.  Several such vaccine candidates are in development and may enter human trials in the near future.  The aim of this project is to examine the potential impact and cost-effectiveness of different COVID-19 vaccination strategies given vaccines with different characteristics, and in combination with other public health measures.  The project will have the potential to benefit from data on COVID-19 outbreaks in affected settings worldwide, as well as expertise at both LSHTM and PHE on conducting economic evaluations alongside transmission models of infectious disease interventions.

Specific eligibility criteria (in addition to general eligibility criteria above):

Masters degree (or equivalent training) in a quantitative subject, preferably economics, epidemiology, statistics or mathematics Strong interest in vaccine economics and modelling Ability to program in a suitable language like R or C/C++, or strong desire to learn

For more information see the 2020-21 HPRU Vaccines and Immunisation Studentships page.

Project 2: Improving the way vaccines are assessed

Supervisory team

LSHTM: Mark Jit

PHE: Frank Sandmann

Project

The decisions to introduce a vaccine, as well as the price paid by the government to manufacturers for a vaccine, is determined by using cost-effectiveness modelling conducted by PHE and academic collaborators including LSHTM.  However, current methods for determining the cost-effectiveness of a vaccine may ignore important features of vaccines.  (i) After introduction, disease prevented by a vaccine can increase or decrease over time and lead to replacement effects, which alters the cost-effectiveness.  This could lead to perverse recommendations for decisions such as stopping and re-starting vaccine programmes or switching between several vaccines leading to variation in protection and disrupted vaccine uptake levels (intergenerational inequity).  (ii) Socio-economic gradients for disease risk may lead to equity issues of vaccine access and uptake at sub-national level that may not be accounted for and alter the recommendation.  (iii) Vaccines may produce intangible benefits such as peace of mind and reducing seasonal bed pressures.  The WHO advocates capturing such benefits within its “full value of vaccines framework” but the analytical methods to do so are not well developed.  This project will develop methods to address these shortcomings in current analyses, and then use them to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of vaccines currently being evaluated for the national schedule.

Specific eligibility criteria (in addition to general eligibility criteria above):

Masters degree (or equivalent training) in a quantitative subject, preferably economics, epidemiology, statistics or mathematics Strong interest in vaccine economics and modelling Ability to program in a suitable language like R or C/C++, or strong desire to learn.

For more information see the 2020-21 HPRU Vaccines and Immunisation Studentships page.

 

Attitudes behaviours and access to vaccination in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities

Supervisory team

LSHTM: Sandra Mounier-Jack & Sadie Bell

PHE: Michael Edelstein

Project

Lower vaccine uptake and completion rates for certain childhood and maternal vaccinations have been identified in BME communities in England, particularly those of African and Caribbean extraction.  For example, maternal pertussis vaccination and infant rotavirus vaccination have been reported as lower amongst black-Caribbean women/infants (Byrne et al., 2017; Donaldson et al., 2015) and starting but not completing childhood vaccination course was found to be an issue in the Black, Black-Nigerian, and Black Caribbean group (Tiley et al., 2018).

We are looking for a PhD student to conduct a qualitative or mixed methods study to understand factors contributing to under-vaccination to inform the design of potential interventions.  The findings will inform the co-creation of an intervention with BME community involvement to improve vaccination access.  This research has followed engagement with the BME community.

The principal supervisor will be Sandra Mounier-Jack, Associate Professor in Health Policy and the associate supervisor will be Sadie Bell, Research Fellow in Public Health Evaluation.  Sandra Mounier is a leading researcher in health systems and policy research, with a particular interest in the delivery of the vaccination programme, in the UK and globally.  Sadie Bell has strong experience in researching under-vaccinated communities in England and with engaging communities into research design.  The student will also be advised by Michael Edelstein from PHE.

Specific eligibility criteria (in addition to general eligibility criteria above)

Master’s degree (or equivalent training) in Public Health, Medical Anthropology or Health Service Research or equivalent Strong interest in qualitative research, and sound understanding of epidemiology Interest in Public Health Protection Experience in working with deprived socio-economic communities, and desirably with African and/or Africa-Caribbean communities.

For more information see the 2020-21 HPRU Vaccines and Immunisation Studentships page.


Upcoming LSHTM short courses: 

Epidemiological evaluation of vaccines:efficacy, safety and policy

*Course cancelled for 2020 - interest can be registered for 2021**

Details:   2 week course on advanced epidemiological tools for vaccine evaluation

Teaching mode: face-to-face

Course dates: 6 - 17 July 2020

Location: London

Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

More information available on the course page.

Building trust, managing risk around vaccines: from trials to delivery

*Course cancelled for 2020 will now be held online**

Details: 3.5-day course, developed by the Vaccine Confidence ProjectTM 

Teaching mode: Online 

Course dates: 20 - 23 July

Location: London

Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

More information available on the course page.

 

Other LSHTM courses related to vaccines and immunity:

Online courses 

Short courses
Msc Programmes
Past courses

 


External courses

International vaccinology courses

 


Current Msc students

The Centre will help to "matchmake" Msc students with opportunities to do vaccine related summer research projects with an annual event where students will be given a list of project opportunities and chance to ask questions. For more information, please contact vaccines@lshtm.ac.uk