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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 emergency is, and why an AMS action plan is necessary, and then, with the help of a case study of various AMS programmes, how these programmes can be implemented in hospitals.

Key Features of the Course

After the completion of the course, the students shall be able to understand:

  • The importance of antimicrobial resistance as an international health security issue
  • The need for local action through antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in hospitals
  • The essential functions of antimicrobial stewardship
  • The components of an AMS programme
  • The options for implementation
  • The role of hospital administration in sponsoring and supporting the establishment of AMS programmes
  • The toolkit to undertake an assessment of current hospital status
  • The tools required for the development of an implementation strategy


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. 
Module 3: Antimicrobial Stewardship Action Plan.
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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.

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Course Summary

Course code: AMSH14
Average length: 30 minutes
Effort: 1-2 hours
Number of modules: 3
Institution: POLHN
Subject: Infections and diseases
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course Author

Pacific NCDs and Health Through the Life Course

Division of Pacific Technical Support

World Health Organisation | 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 and Emergencies, NCDs and Health Through the Life course, and Health Systems.

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