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Infection Prevention in Healthcare Settings

3rd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Melanie Curless

603.701 Quality of Care, 603.711 Science of Patient Safety


Introduces hospital epidemiology, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship as core components of quality care, including standards and indicators, appropriate strategies and indicators to measure hospital-acquired infection in the U.S. and internationally, key methods for preventing the transmission of infection in healthcare facilities and components and benefits of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Provides a basis to plan effective hospital epidemiology, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship activities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain hospital epidemiology and infection control programs, standards and indicators in the U.S. and internationally
  2. Critique designs and methods of national surveillance programs and systems for public reporting
  3. Link high-risk areas and high-risk procedures in healthcare settings with specific healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and appropriately prioritize surveillance for HAI at the facility level
  4. Explain key methods for preventing the transmission of infection in healthcare settings and the use of healthcare-associated infection prevention bundles to improve patient quality and safety
  5. Identify methods of using infection prevention data to influence hospital leadership and healthcare workers to adopt infection prevention and control as a priority
  6. Evaluate and apply healthcare-associated infection surveillance data to prioritize choice of appropriate evidence-based quality improvement activities
  7. Identify the components and benefits of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 10%, Three exercises: 40%, Final paper: 50%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

Instructor Consent:

No consent required