University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online

Infection Control

This is an advanced qualification designed to equip nurses and other healthcare professionals with a comprehensive understanding of infectious disease control and prevention in hospital, social care and community settings. The course examines key areas including microbiology, immunology, public health and communicable disease control. The demand for Infection Control courses has increased in recent years due to contagious illness outbreaks and super-bug such as swine flu, SMRA and Ebola highlighting the need for more effective infection control. The fundamental underpinning of this programme is that prevention is better than the cure and it is this mentality that will hopefully make outbreaks a thing of the past. With infectious diseases frequently dominating news headlines, understanding how infections occur and how different micro-organisms act and spread has become a key issue for many professionals working in health and social care. Although this course is ideally suited for Clinical Nurse Specialists in Infection Control, it is also of value to other healthcare practitioners, including staff of health ministries, health departments, aid organisations and disease control agencies.

Entry requirements

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. 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.

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, we'll consider your application on its individual merits.

Course modules

Core modules: Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (20 Credits), Communicable Disease Control (20 Credits), Infection Prevention and Quality Improvement (20 Credits), Research Methods (20 Credits) Optional modules (pick two): Advanced Practice in Healthcare (20 Credits), Health Promotion (20 Credits), Epidemiology (20 Credits)

Assessment methods

Each stage of the PG Dip Infection Control course contains a number of formative (informal) assessments, including multiple choice questionnaires, short answer tests, and group assignment. A variety of summative assessments are in place across the programme. Examples include written assignments, discussions, presentations, case studies & outbreak responses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip On-line study July 2018 GBP 7,072 per Whole course (Home/EU) 16 Months

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