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Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes in Hospitals

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This online and self-paced course has been developed with the aim that the health workers should be able to learn the essentials regarding the implementation of effective antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes in hospitals. The course includes an explanation of what the antimicrobial resistance public health issue is, and why an AMS action plan is necessary. With the help of a case study of various AMS programmes, it looks at how these programmes can be implemented in hospitals. This online antimicrobial stewardship certificate programme is recognized throughout the Pacific, and upon successful completion, students will receive a verified certificate.

Key Features of the Course

After successful completion of this online antimicrobial stewardship training course, students will be able to understand:

  • The importance of antimicrobial resistance as an international public health issue;
  • The need for local action through antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes in hospitals;
  • The essential functions of AMS;
  • The core components of an AMS programme;
  • The options for AMS implementation;
  • The leadership commitment and structures needed in the hospitals to implement AMS programmes;
  • The tools to undertake a hospital situational analysis on AMS; and
  • The tools required for the development of hospital AMS implementation strategy.


This course has been designed to improve patient outcomes - reduce mobility and mortality from infections. Develop and implement antimicrobial stewardship programmes in hospitals. Improve the use of antimicrobials. Contain and Prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
Module 1 encompasses four key areas: what is antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and why it is a significant concern in the healthcare sector, how the use of antibiotics contributes to the problem of antimicrobial resistance, why the prudent use of antibiotics should be promoted, and the strategies through which we can promote these prudent use principles.
Module 2 deals with the planning strategies concerning antimicrobial stewardship by determining the current status of any given programme, future goals, and the actions required to achieve these goals in an effective manner. Moreover, the module also details the formulation of AMS teams and committees. 
This section covers the finer details of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Action Plan, which is the final part of the online antimicrobial stewardship programme.
Important: In order to access the completion certificate, the students need to complete the feedback, course evaluation and survey forms. Please click on the following links to submit these forms.

How It Works

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? 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 have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Summary

Course code: AMSH14
Average module length: 30 minutes
Total course time: 1-2 hours
Number of modules: 3
Institution: POLHN
Subject: Infections and diseases
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Coming soon

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