Masters (MSc) in Infection Prevention and Control Programme Launched


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In 2020, as the pandemic unfolded and we began to recognise the scale of the challenge that threatened our sector, LHP Skillnet decided that one of our responses to this unprecedented set of circumstances had to involve third-level education. Our team came together and drew up an outline for a postgraduate qualification in infection control that would specifically address the concerns and experiences of nurses working in residential care. This document, describing what an ideal programme would look like, became the basis for the tender we organised in order to realise our collective vision.

After several weeks of assessing applications by centres of excellence in the field of healthcare education, LHP Skillnet decided to award its funding to the School of Public Health at University College Cork. In September of the same year, they rolled out the fruit of our collaboration: the Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control, an 8-month online qualification that was available to nurses nationwide, offering subsidised places for healthcare workers in the private sector thanks to LHP Skillnet’s grant-funding.

The qualification has proven to be highly popular with professionals across the sector. LHP Skillnet has subsidised almost 100 nurses to take their place since the programme began, and the feedback from students has been glowing. Now, due to the success of the Postgrad Cert, we are proud to announce that our collaboration with UCC has reached a new stage.

In September 2022, a cohort of the students who completed their Postgrad Cert will enrol on a new Masters (MSc) in Infection Prevention & Control. This innovative and rigorous qualification is being offered by the School of Public Health in collaboration with other schools across University College Cork, including the Cork University Business School, and the School of Microbiology.

According to the School of Public Health, this programme

“will provide you with expert core infection prevention and control knowledge and skills enabling you to lead and manage an infection prevention and control service. We place emphasis on the use of evidence-based practice so that our students will know how to manage infection prevention and control services, putting patient safety principles into effect in both research and professional contexts. Our international and multidisciplinary perspective utilises the World Health OrganizationEuropean Centre for Disease Control, and Infection Prevention Society competencies in infection prevention and control to inform delivery and content.”

The MSc has been designed on a modular basis to meet our members needs as working professionals. Over the course of the Masters, students will learn about: Infection Prevention and Control in Practice (10 credits); Qualitative Research in Public Health (5 Credits); Quantitative Research & Epidemiology (10 credits); Systematic Reviews (5 credits); and of course, everyone will write an extensive dissertation in the subject of Infection Prevention and Control (30 credits).

This Masters is only available to students who have completed their Postgrad Cert. The cost of the programme is €5600, but this year, as it is the inaugural episode of the new qualification, LHP Skillnet have agreed to reduce the fee down for our students to €3950. We hope that we will be able to support students on this programme again next year, and for many years after that.