Infectious Diseases: Prevention and Control (18 Months, Master of Science)

Description

The program is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles, practice and research methods in the prevention and control of infectious diseases and is completely aligned to the “One Health” approach. One Health is an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the complex interactions between human health and ecosystem health.

The aim is to provide a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the role of the biology of infective agents and hosts on the outcome of infection, and the application of acquired knowledge in combination with epidemiological and public health approaches, for the development of rational strategies for the prevention and control of infections and the phenomenon multidrug resistance.

The program is aimed at graduates of health sciences, including doctors and nurses who seek further training in the field of infectious diseases. In addition it is aimed at graduates of biology, pharmacy and biomedical sciences, in preparation for hospital-based practice, research, industry-related activity or public service.

Employment Opportunities

The strong research element of the program, along with the development of specialized and generic skills, equip graduates for a broad spectrum of careers, including among others, research organizations, the academic institutions, national and international organizations related to infection prevention and control, infection control units of private and public healthcare institutions, governmental bodies (in health services, health departments, or infectious disease control agencies), and teaching careers.

Program Outline



All students pursuing this degree must complete the following requirements:


Degree Requirements ECTS
Compulsory Courses 60
Elective Courses 16
Master Thesis 14
Total Requirements 90


Compulsory Courses 60 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
IPC610 Infection prevention and control: essentials in healthcare 8
IPC611 Essentials of microbiology in infection prevention and control 8
IPC612 Research methods in infectious diseases 7
IPC613 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 7
IPC621 Antimicrobial stewardship 8
IPC622 Multidrug resistant organisms: public health implications and control 7
IPC623 Design of a surveillance system, collection and interpretation of surveillance data 8
IPC624 Occupational health and safety in healthcare and communication issues in public health emergencies 7


Elective Courses 16 ECTS

Students should select Two (2) of the following courses. 

Code Course Title ECTS
IPC630 Infection prevention and control: practical approach 8
IPC631 Foodborne diseases and food safety 8
IPC632 Travel-associated and tropical diseases 8
IPC633 Current issues in infection prevention and control 8


Master Thesis 14 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
IPC690 Master Thesis 14


Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives
  • To educate and ensure a sound theoretical knowledge of healthcare-associated infections, foodborne and environmental infections, travel-associated and tropical infections, epidemiology, infection prevention, infection control, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship and prudent antimicrobial use.
  • To train students to critically evaluate and interpret research on the field of epidemiology of infections, infection prevention and control and antimicrobial resistance.
  • To provide guidance and understanding of the basic principles of epidemiologic surveillance and epidemiologic investigation, application of measures and evaluation of outcome measures.
  • To provide guidance on planning and designing appropriate infection prevention and control measures.
  • To educate and understand the basic components of occupational health and safety in healthcare systems.
  • To comprehend and train on research methodology.
  • Ultimately, to contribute to the improvement of patient safety and healthcare quality across the institutions that the graduate will serve in the future.
Specific Objectives
  • To provide theoretical and practical foundation in the increasingly important area of infection prevention and control and antimicrobial resistance.
  • To develop the student’s analytical, decision-making and communication skills.
  • To enforce the sense of responsibility and integrity, which will promote personal achievements and contribute to quality of healthcare.
  • To encourage and enable the student to undertake substantial investigative and practical work on a postgraduate level in the field of infectious diseases epidemiology, infection control and infection prevention.
  • To provide necessary guidance in preparing and presenting knowledge acquired through the students’ work.
  • To enhance the student’s knowledge and expertise within the field of epidemiology of different types of infections, including healthcare-associated infections, foodborne and environmental infections, and travel-associated and tropical infections.
  • To enhance the student’s knowledge and expertise within the field of antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention and control.
  • To enhance the student’s knowledge within the field of health and safety of workers in healthcare settings.
  • To provide the skills to critically appraise related literature, as well as develop personal research projects.
  • To progress research work within a healthcare setting or a network of institutions.
  • To enhance the ability of critical analysis, scientific approach, and resolution of problems of increasing difficulty.
  • To equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to implement appropriate strategies for the prevention and management of infections in a variety of clinical settings.
  • To prepare the graduate for career advancement in the area of infection prevention and control.
Learning Outcomes

The program will enable students to study the prevention, control and microbiological characteristics of infectious diseases in depth and from different perspectives. It is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in acquiring comprehensive knowledge on infection prevention and control and antimicrobial resistance.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are expected to:

  • Express and analyze the definitions of healthcare-associated infections, foodborne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, occupational health and safety, travel medicine, infection prevention, and infection control.
  • Apply these terms during their daily routine and elaborate on their application in different cases.
  • Describe the core elements of infection prevention and control systems.
  • Describe basic principles of infectious diseases epidemiology.
  • Recognize the basic diagnostic methods required to culture pathogens and detect resistance, and discuss their application in detecting the epidemiologically most important pathogens and types of resistance.
  • Describe the basic characteristics of antimicrobial stewardship programs.
  • Recognize outbreaks and successfully plan and implement control measures.
  • Critically appraise research and develop research protocols.
  • Apply communication skills and successfully interact with different specialties and disciplines in the area of infection prevention and control.
  • Develop and implement a structured and sustained surveillance program of infections.
  • Develop their own research projects, tailored to the needs and qualities of individual healthcare systems.
  • Demonstrate leadership in appropriate academic, research and clinical settings.
  • Access, understand and apply published research and practical evidence pertaining to the practice of infection prevention and control.
  • Develop the necessary skills to continue their own professional development.

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