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Description: As part of the GBD 20th symposium, IHME is pleased to offer a GBD Training Day, which provides opportunities for in-depth exploration and hands-on learning. Participants will learn from GBD experts and have opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world.

Format of the Training Day: There are nine modules that span different concepts, applications, and methods used in the GBD study. Each module is offered four times throughout the day. You will have the option to select one module for each time slot. Modules are available on first come, first served basis.

Networking Opportunities: You will be able to connect with other learners during three networking events: breakfast, lunch, and a happy hour. These networking events are intended to cultivate connections, knowledge sharing, discourse, and debate with an audience of engaged practitioners and collaborators.

Attendance: Enrollment in the training modules is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will be able to sign up for specific modules on the day of the training (September 25). To help us plan for the training, we ask that you indicate your interest in attending and your preference for specific training modules. Your choices here are not binding, but they will help us understand interest and allocate rooms and resources for the modules more effectively.


Schedule for the Day


Networking Breakfast


Training Session 1




Training Session 2


Networking Lunch


Training Session 3




Training Session 4


 Happy Hour


You may choose one module from the menu per time slot to customize your experience and enhance the GBD Training Day’s relevance to you. You do not need to sign up for a module during every time slot.

  1. Exploring the epidemiologic transition. Learn how GBD results can be used to explore the epidemiologic transition around the world over the past 25 years.
  2. GBD and SDG monitoring. Explore how to use GBD to assess progress toward 2030 on the global, regional, and national levels.
  3. Strategies and techniques to influence policymakers, journalists, and other stakeholders. Hands-on session about how to effectively communicate GBD results to a variety of stakeholders.
  4. How does GBD measure what people die from? Examine the challenges of working with cause of death data and explore the garbage coding methodology used by GBD to assign each death to a cause.
  5. GBD methods elucidated: CODEm (Cause of Death Ensemble model). Explores covariate selection, model performance, and results.
  6. GBD methods elucidated: DisMod. Explores the nonfatal health outcome estimation process used in the GBD study.
  7. From data to DALYs: diarrhea. Learn about the key steps in the estimation process for a major cause of death. 
  8. From data to DALYs: tobacco. Learn about the key steps in the estimation process for one of the leading risk factors.
  9. GBD data visualization tools for beginners. Learn how to use the basic features and functionalities of the GBD data visualization tools.


Can you recommend a potential pathway? To acquire a breadth of knowledge about the conceptual, technical, methodological, and functional aspects of the GBD study, we recommend the following module pathway:

  1. GBD and SDG monitoring
  2. How does GBD measure what people die from?
  3. From data to DALYs: tobacco (or diarrhea)
  4. Strategies and techniques to influence policymakers, journalists, and other stakeholders

Can I attend more than one module per time slot? No. Participants may attend only one module per time slot.

Can I change modules during day of training? Yes. We will have ongoing updates about module space availability throughout the day at our reception desk.

Where are the trainings located? All modules are located at IHME in various conference rooms throughout our office. An office map will be available at our reception desk upon check-in for the training day.

What materials should I bring? We strongly recommend bringing a laptop as many of the training modules will include work with GBD data visualization tools. All other training materials are provided by IHME.