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MB4IPH Infection Control & Public Health
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc in Clinical Microbiology There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Enrolled on MSc in Clinical Microbiology

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

Hospital infection control: Infection control team, Infection control manual, sterilisation and dis-infection, surveillance, antibiotic policy. Special focus on alert organisms including MRSA, VRE, multi-drug resistant bacteria (gram negatives and mycobacteria).

Epidemiology and public health: Management of outbreaks in the community: natural, man-made or deliberate.

National and regional bodies and their roles: HPA, with special reference to HPUS, CFI and Reference laboratories, Stregic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Local authority, Public Health.

Health professionals and their roles: CCDC, Health Protection Specialist, Regional Epidemiologists, District nurses, school nurses, Environmental Health Officers.

Reference facilities: Practical sessions on typing schemes, water and environmental microbiology, antibiotic resistance monitoring Module Web Links:
  • Course module webpage
  • Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:
    15 hours of lectures, 3 hours of demonstrations, 2 hours of practial lab work, 55 hours of student centred learning.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100 Written exam - 2 hours 

    Dr K Wooldridge

    Education Aims:  To gain theoretical and practical knowledge of control of communicable diseases

    Learning Outcomes:  

    Knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of microbial diseases: Diagnostic tests and typing schemes carried out in specialist laboratories. Anti-microbial chemotherapy and infection control.

    Intellectual skills: Enhance student's capability to assess and provide leadership in investigating complex clinical scenarios relating to infection. Understand, assess and assist in management and prevention of outbreaks of communicable diseases. Independently acquire knowledge and utilise it for applied or research purposes.

    Professional/practical skills: Carry out audit and surveillance to monitor infection and antibiotic resistance in hospitals and community. Investigate and manage outbreaks of infection in hospitals and community.

    Transferable skills: Work closely with colleagues to conclude on clinical scenarios and outbreaks. Effectively communicate microbiology results to colleagues and patients for the delivery of quality care. Plan and organise workload and time. Self-education and analytical self-assessment. Teach what is learnt.

    Offering School:  Life Sciences

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