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Infection Prevention and Control

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Gain the knowledge to ensure patients are treated in a safe and healthy setting.

This is a self-paced, free infection control course for nurses. In this POLHN self-paced program, you will learn the basic concepts required to detect health care associated infections, and to prevent and manage outbreaks.

Focusing on infection control training for healthcare workers, this course begins with the basics of health care associated infections and epidemiology, before explaining what precautionary actions should be taken. Finally, you will be taught how to manage outbreaks.

Key features of the course

This online infection control course for nurses will allow them to learn all the essentials of infection prevention and control. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain health care associated infections (HCAIs) and antimicrobial resistance, contributing factors, costs and impact.
  • Apply appropriate steps to break the chain of infection and reduce health care associated infections.
  • Use correct infection prevention and control measures including standard and transmission-based precautions.
  • Adopt best practices in collecting, labelling, transporting and reporting on specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Apply epidemiological principles and best practices in surveillance and outbreak detection and management.
  • Assess and take steps to improve infection prevention and control in health care settings.


Infection control is a shared responsibility of all health workers. To be effective infection control relies on your daily actions as part of your work within a health care environment. This course will help you to improve infection control standards in your environment and reduce the number of health care associated infections. You will learn to understand and apply infection prevention and control, and patient safety principles in health care settings.
Module 1 introduces you to how infections can occur in a health care setting, a description of the most common types of infections and considers what actions we can take to reduce their spread.
Module 1 discussed how infections can occur when a number of events take place one after the other like links in the chain of infection. Now let's look at what types of actions you can take as an individual and as a team member to break parts of the chain.
Outbreaks of infection can happen quickly and unexpectantly.   It's important to have a systematic plan in place to detect outbreaks early, monitor their extent and to see if interventions are working effectively.

How it works

Study material

This self-paced course has been created so that it is easy to understand and easy to access. It uses a range of different materials designed by qualified experts. Mediums of teaching include pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments.

Getting help

Connect with other students through the course forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate ideas. Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend your career with a verified certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive an official certificate, which can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course summary

Course code: IPC
Average length: 6 weeks
Effort: 4 hours per week
Number of modules: 3
Institution: POLHN
Subject: Infections and diseases
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course author

Pacific Health Security

Communicable Diseases and Climate Change

World Health Organization | Division of Pacific Technical Support | Suva, Fiji

POLHN has dedicated public health professionals in its DPS research team who have decade long experiences in Health Security & Emergencies , NCDs and Health Through the Lifecourse, Health Systems.

Course focal point

Pacific Health Security

Technical support

Muhammad Noman Ali

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