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Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes in Hospitals

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In this self- paced online antimicrobial stewardship certification program, you will learn the essentials to implement effective antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes in hospitals.

In this POLHN self-paced program, you will be taught what AMS is, why it's important, and how to develop appropriate implementation strategies.

This course begins with an explanation of what the antimicrobial resistance emergency is, and why an AMS action plan is necessary. Then, through a case study of various AMS programmes, students are taught how to implement these in hospitals.

Key features of the course

At the end of this online antimicrobial stewardship training course, students will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of antimicrobial resistance as an international health security issue.
  • Recognise the need for local action through AMS in hospitals.
  • Understand the essential functions of antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Describe the components of an AMS programme.
  • Identify options for implementation.
  • Understand the role of hospital administration in sponsoring and supporting the establishment of AMS programmes.
  • Use the toolkit to undertake an assessment of current hospital status.
  • Develop an implementation strategy.


Module 1: Antimicrobial Resistance Emergency.
Module 2: Antimicrobial Stewardship Action Plan.
Module 3: Antimicrobial Stewardship Action Plan.

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: AMSH14
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

Dr. Sarah Paulin

Technical Officer for AMR and Innovation, Access and Use

Highly analytical with strong problem solving skills, good team player and leader. Multi-lingual and at ease in culturally diverse settings with experience working overseas.

Course focal point

Asaeli Raikabakaba

Technical support

Muhammad Noman Ali

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