PG Cert Infection Control

University of Essex Online

Program Description

PG Cert Infection Control

University of Essex Online

PG Cert Infection Control

The Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Control course provides an introduction to an understanding of the world of microbiology. Infection prevention and control continues to be a key priority for health professionals working in both hospitals and the wider community. The course aims to equip nurses and other healthcare practitioners with the skills necessary to lead best practice in this area, including an understanding of the world of microbiology and the management strategies useful for patient care and the prevention of further spread of an infectious disease.

Why study this subject?

The demand for Infection Control courses has increased in recent years due to super-bug and contagious illness outbreaks such as Ebola, swine flu and SMRA highlighting the need for more effective infection control. The fundamental underpinning of this course is that prevention is better than the cure and it is this mentality that will hopefully make outbreaks a thing of the past.

The economic and social costs of escalating infection such as winter flu, meningitis and HIV are well documented. Less well known are the human and economic burdens of hospital acquired infection which can result in an extra 14 days in hospital and £1 billion a year extra expenditure for the NHS. Developing and implementing effective infection control measures are dependent upon the knowledge and skills of health professionals in both hospital and community settings.

Course structure

The PG Cert Infection Control is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (30 credits)
  • Public Health and Communicable Disease Control (30 credits)

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Control we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma (awarded after 120 credits) and a full Masters (awarded after 180 credits).

Teaching methods and style

The PG Cert Infection Control course is delivered entirely online and individual support will be given to you in a number of ways. The programme leader will be available for overall support via email and you will be assigned a Student Adviser who will be your first point of contact throughout your studies and will serve as your mentor. Each stage of the PG Cert Infection Control course contains a number of formative (informal) assessments, including multiple choice questionnaires, short answer tests, and practical assignments. The summative assessment for each module consists of four discussion activities and two 2,500 word essays.

Career destinations

As a PG Cert Infection Control online student, you will typically be working as a specialist Infection Control Nurse, environmental health officer or other healthcare professional with responsibility for infection control in your role.

Entry requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our PG Cert Infection Control programme:

1 - Academic Entry Route

Our applicants are usually registered nurses or health care professionals in full or part-time employment with a minimum of two years post-registration experience and access to a clinical microbiology department. In addition, applicants normally have an Upper Second Class Bachelors degree in a relevant or appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution.

2 - Open Entry Route

We recognise that many people have a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge developed at work or through training. If you don't meet the above entry requirements, but believe you have the potential to succeed on the PG Cert Infection Control course, we'll consider your application on its individual merits.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 6, 2015
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