Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control

Course Description

LHP Skillnet is delighted to announce that we have partnered with the School of Public Health at University College Cork (UCC) to deliver a brand-new online postgraduate qualification. This qualification is designed specifically for nurses working in the nursing home sector and is subsidised by our government grant-funding.

The School of Public Health at UCC is the largest public health academic unit in the Republic of Ireland, studying the causes of disease and the factors that promote good health, new technologies to promote health and prevent disease, and the best way to deliver health services.

This qualification is delivered online and it takes approximately six months to complete. In order to find out when our next programme is coming up, please contact the office of LHP Skillnet directly. Alternatively, check our Upcoming Courses page.

Course Aim

The Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is comprised of the following four modules.

1. Principles and Clinical Practices of Infection Control (10 Credits)
This module will introduce the student to the core concepts and application of infection prevention and control.

2. Principles of Microbiology (5 credits)
This module will instil in the student a strong scientific understanding of the nature of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protoza and helminths. It will introduce the concepts of microbial growth, entry and pathogenesis, leading to an understanding of transmission epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases.

3. Infection Prevention and Control Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (5 credits)
This module will establish what quality improvement is and what it entails in the healthcare setting. The student will be instructed in the principles of quality improvement, the identification of areas for quality improvement in infection prevention and control, and the application of quality improvement techniques to improve patient outcomes.

4. Leadership and Management of Infection Prevention and Control (10 credits)
This module will expose healthcare professionals to the concepts and knowledge involved in leading and managing infection prevention and control programmes. It will asses the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges nursing home managers, leaders and organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures when implementing IPC strategies.

Course Details

  • Category: Postgraduate Qualifications
  • Venue: Online Delivery
  • Duration: Months: 6
  • Provider: University College Cork
  • LHP Skillnet Member Price: €1995.00
  • Non-Members Price: NA
  • Unemployed: No
  • Accreditation: QQI
  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits/CEU's: 60
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