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Tuberculosis Essentials Training Course

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Tuberculosis in the Pacific is an ongoing public health concern. With the emergence of Multi-Drug - Resistant (MDR) TB, the fight against TB is getting more difficult and expensive to combat.

This online course has been developed to provide healthcare professionals with knowledge on a range of topics from tuberculosis case detection, case management, infection control, contact screening and monitoring and evaluation of tuberculosis prevention and care.

The content of this self-paced course is divided into 6 modules. At the end of each module students will be required to complete a quiz. Upon successful completion, the students will be given a certificate of completion.

Key Features of the Course


After completing this self-paced course on tuberculosis, healthcare professionals will have developed certain competencies in the following areas:

  • Tuberculosis identification
  • Tuberculosis Case Detection
  • Proper management of TB Cases
  • Management of TB Contact Screening
  • Tuberculosis Infection Control measures undertaken in health care facilities
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Tuberculosis Control

Modules

Although the burden of TB in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) is quite small compared to the rest of the world, some PICTs have a case notification rate of 75 per 100,000 people. TB control in the PICTs faces great challenges due to social and economic situations and the fact that the islands are scattered across the Pacific Ocean. This course is designed to educate health professionals on tuberculosis, ranging from diagnosis to case management and even community support. You will also gain knowledge on how to collect quality data and analyze them according to the national indicators set out for reducing TB. This is a self-paced course with a quiz at the end of each module. Once successfully completed, you will be issued a certificate of completion.
This module will provide an introduction on tuberculosis and the epidemiology of TB globally and in the Pacific. You will also be introduced to the evolution of TB care and prevention beginning with the DOTS Strategy to the END TB Strategy. This module will also provide an insight into the challenges TB programmes face in TB prevention in the Pacific region. It also looks at the key role of health care workers in achieving TB control targets by 2035.
Module 2 provides a basic overview of the transmission of TB and the various risk factors associated with this. It then focuses on the various signs and symptoms that would be expected from a TB case. You will learn about the various clinical and laboratory investigations available for presumptive TB cases and how to interpret results and classify TB cases.
This module focuses on the treatment and management aspects of confirmed TB cases. You will gain knowledge on the types of drugs and treatment regimens available for the treatment of paediatric and adult TB cases. As medical professionals, you will also learn about the expected side effects associated with anti TB drugs and how treatment cards and DOTS are utilized to monitor patient compliance.
Screening of people who have been in contact with TB patients is a vital element in containing and eliminating TB. Module 4 elaborates on the processes involved in investigating and screening the contacts of TB patients. It also gives an inside look into the priority population groups that are vulnerable to developing latent TB infections. Emphasis is placed on the different treatment regimens available for latent TB.
As a health worker, you are prone to hospital-acquired infections if proper infection control protocols are not followed. This module elaborates on the various elements of TB infection control and how those can be combined to achieve TB infection control in health care facilities. Module 5 gives you an insight on how the successful implementation of TB infection control is not only dependent on basic personal protective equipment but also on the inclusion of management and their decisions.
This module is the final module and it elaborates on the importance of monitoring and evaluation tools for successful TB control. The National TB Program monitors and evaluates the success of its activities by measuring relevant key indicators. In this module, you will learn the importance of collecting quality data and how to use this data. All health workers should be able to calculate and interpret the key indicators to understand the value of the data that they record and to have a better understanding on the success rate of the TB Program.
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 Questions & Answers

Course Summary

Course code: TBETC
Average module length: 2 hours
Total course time: 12 hours
Number of modules: 6
Institution: POLHN
Subject: Tuberculosis
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course Author

Pacific Health Security

Communicable Diseases and Climate Change

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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