About InVS

Published on 07/12/2011


The French Institute for Public Health Surveillance makes available to you training offers to develop your skills and update your knowledge in intervention epidemiology. The institute offers:

  • professionalization courses: two training programmes in intervention epidemiology, IDEA (3 weeks) and Profet (2 years) in collaboration with the National School of Public Health (ENSP);
  • a highly rewarding work placement for interns in public health, occupational medicine and pharmacy, master’s students and PhD students;
  • the InVS programme of scientific events.

The IDEA course is organised in partnership by the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) and the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (École des hautes études en santé publique, EHESP), in collaboration with the Defence Health Service and the Epiter association. The objective is to allow public health professionals to use intervention epidemiology methods in their daily practice. In 2012, the IDEA course is to be incorporated into the Master in Public Health course offered by EHESP and the Pasteur-Cnam school, in which it constitutes an optional module in the infectious disease programme.

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School of Advanced Studies in Public Health:
Institute for Public Health Surveillance:
Pasteur/Cnam School of Public Health:
Epiter Association:
Defence Health Service: 

Profet is a two-year training programme, co-managed by the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) and the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP), that aims to train healthcare professionals through practice in the investigation, epidemiological monitoring and evaluation of health risks.

At the conclusion of their training, Profet epidemiologists are equipped to occupy an epidemiologist position in an interregional epidemiology unit (CIRE), a department of the InVS or any other establishment oriented toward monitoring public health.

The training is intended for public health graduates at the beginning of their professional careers and intending to hold positions primarily devoted to epidemiological monitoring, investigation and evaluation of public health risks.

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