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Certificate course in Infection Prevention & Control

Prospectus  - January 2015

Conducted by the
Department of Microbiology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo


Hospital associated infections are a leading cause of increased morbidity and mortality in patients and healthcare workers. They add to the health expenses of the country which is already unable to provide essential requirements. Most importantly these infections can be prevented by implementing proper infection control programs.
The main obstacle to achieving this goal is the inadequacy of healthcare personnel trained in infectious disease and infection control. This course is aimed at developing skills and knowledge on infection control among healthcare workers and thereby achieving better standards of infection control in hospitals.
In view of the above, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo is offering a certificate course in infection prevention and control to provide knowledge and skills and to impart correct attitudes in preventing, controlling and monitoring healthcare-associated infections through infection prevention and control.
This will provide support to infection control professionals, healthcare organizations and healthcare providers in the development, implementation and evaluation of infection prevention and control policies, procedures and programs to improve the quality and safety of health care and patient outcomes.
Aim of the course:
To develop knowledge, skills and competencies required for infection control in health care settings.

Target group:
This course is intended to improve the knowledge and skills on infection prevention and control in health care professionals responsible for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in all settings, whether hospitals, clinics or family practice offices. The specific personnel include doctors and other healthcare professionals (nurses, physiotherapists, medical laboratory technicians and healthcare administrators).

Learning outcomes:
At the completion of this course the participants will be able to,

  • acquire a good knowledge on the principles of infection prevention and control (IPC) and be able to apply them in their work settings
  • Identify the link between suboptimal IPC practices and increased rates of hospital acquired infections affecting patients safety
  • maintain the expected standards of infection control during various procedures and in different settings
  • identify procedures and practices in work settings that increase the risk of hospital associated infections
  • implement behavior change strategies on implementing IPC and evaluate the outcome
  • recognize impending outbreaks of hospital acquired infections early and act to prevent further spread
  • manage special situations such as outbreaks with the infection control team
  • apply principles of hospital waste management as a component of IPC
  • establish, monitor and evaluate an infection prevention and control programme in a health care setting
  • acquire skills on communication, team work and Interprofessional collaboration

One day initiation workshop will be held to provide hands on computer training.

Entry requirements:
Candidates other than doctors should have passed the GCE Advanced Level Examination and should have work experience of at least one year in a healthcare setting and be currently employed in a healthcare sector organisation. Candidates should have a credit pass in English at the GCE Ordinary Level examination.

Admission process:
A duly completed application form should be submitted with documentary evidence of qualifications and required experience. An objective marking scheme will be used for assessing the applications of candidates

Time duration:
Approximately 100 hours online work over 6 months

Delivery mode :
Blended mode (online self learning, tutorials  & discussion)
The method of delivering this course will be by online learning, through self learning material, video clips and online discussions. 
Course fee : Rs 30,000/- (Local applicant)

                 US $ 400/-  (overseas applicant)

The payment could be made using following formats:

01) Cash paid at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Colombo
02) AC payee Cheques written in favor of Faculty of Medicine, Colombo and mailed to : Head, Department of Microbiology, PO Box 271, Faculty of Medicine Colombo
03) For internet banking or bank transfer, please use the following information:  

          Bank - Peoples Bank, Town Hall branch
          Account name – Faculty of Medicine Colombo
          Account No –167100113170313 and mail the bank slips to the above address

Name & address of the Course Director : Professor Jennifer Perera, Senior Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, P O Box 271, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. (Telephone: 011 2697513)

Course Content: 

Content will be covered under 5 modules 


    Modules  & No of allocated hours



(a) Introduction to Infection control  

    (10 hrs)  


8 hrs – self learning 

2 hrs  online discussions

Hospital acquired infections

Basics of infection prevention & control            

              Organization of infection control

              Standard precautions                

              Additional precautions                

              Hand hygiene                

              Patient placement & isolation 

(b) Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization              & Healthcare waste management  (8 hrs) 


6 hrs - Self learning 

2 hrs – online discussion

Antiseptics and disinfectants and selecting the cleaning & disinfection methods 

Cleaning & disinfection of the environment  Cleaning, disinfection & sterilization of equipment &  linen 

Quality assurance of sterilization procedures 


(a) Infection control in clinical procedures             (14 hrs)  


12 hrs- Self learning 

2 hrs – online discussion 

Skin preparation 

IV catheters, Arterial catheters, Central venous catheters and their maintenance 

Urinary catheterization 

Tracheal suction & oral care 

Wound care & drains 

Infection control in surgical procedures 

Enteral feeding 

Bundle approach 

(b) Infection control in theatre community    

    (10 hrs) 


 8 hrs - Self learning 

 2 hrs – online discussion

Operating theatres 



Infection control in specialized units   (20 hrs) 


16 hrs- Self learning  

 4 hrs – online discussion  


Special care baby units 

Labour rooms 

Burns units 

Endoscopy units 

Dialysis units 

Dental practice 

Ophthalmology & ENT units 

Post mortem rooms 

Orthopaedic units and accident services 



(a) Management of outbreaks in health care          settings (12 hrs)   


10 hrs- Self learning 

2 hrs – online discussion 



Respiratory tract infections 

Surgical site infections 

GI infections 



Multi drug resistant organisms 

(b) Hospital waste management (8 hrs) 


7 hrs- Self learning               

1 hr – online discussion 

 Introduction to hospital waste 

Hazardous waste management 

Disposal of the infectious waste in the hospital and  laboratory


(a) Occupational health & safety for healthcare      workers (8 hrs) 


7 hrs- Self learning 

1 hr – online discussion

Immunization programme 

 Health and safety education and counseling  Management of HCW potentially exposed to HBV, HCV or HIV 

Infection control in other infections 

(b) Monitoring and evaluation of the existing          infection control programme    (4 hrs) 


3 hrs- Self learning

1 hr – online discussion

Infection control team, role of administrators,  Microbiologist, ICN & Liaison nurses 

Budgeting and stock maintenance 

Designing a monitoring plan 

Monitoring indicators 

Evaluation of results obtained through indicators 

(c) Communication, team work and                      Interprofessional collaboration ( 4 hrs)

The relationships between interprofessional collaboration, patient centered care and safety. 

Working and communicating in  interprofessional teams. 

Preventing and handling conflicts.  Leading interprofessional teams 

• A summative assessment will be conducted at the end of each of the five modules using online or face to face modes
• All online end of module assessments will have to be completed within a specified time period.  Re-registration for specific modules will be required if the candidates fail to complete the course at designated time periods.