Certificate Course in Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) infection is an enormous health burden and a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Globally, about two billion people are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis; 8 to 10 million develop active disease and two million die every year. About 10% of people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis will develop active TB and become ill during their lives while in others the infection becomes latent. It is necessary to correctly diagnose both active TB and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in order to achieve the End TB target by 2035 as proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and reduce TB incidence by 95% as compared to 2015.

This course is aimed at developing better awareness, skills and knowledge on tuberculosis among healthcare workers and thereby to achieve, End TB target by 2035 as proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO). This comprehensive online and onsite-learning certificate course in tuberculosis offers better awareness and knowledge on tuberculosis with the emphasis on laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

In view of the above, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo is offering a certificate course in tuberculosis to provide awareness, knowledge and skills and to impart correct attitudes in proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis.

Applications for the 2024 intake is now open. Closing date: 24th November 2023

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

  • acquire a comprehensive overview of tuberculosis and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis
  • gain a good knowledge about treatment and drug resistant tuberculosis
  • acquire a comprehensive overview of public health aspects of tuberculosis with regard to epidemiology and prevention
  • Identify optimal infection control practices in tuberculosis and will learn to maintain the expected standards of infection control during various procedures and in different settings
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge with regard to the laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Credit Hours: 100
  • Candidates currently employed in health care settings will be eligible for the course.
  • 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.
  • Blended mode (online & Onsite learning & discussion, course content, practical sessions and tutorials).
  • The main method of delivering this course will be by online learning, through self-learning material, video clips and online discussions. Some modules will include a full day seminar and practical sessions with role play.
  • A summative assessment will be conducted at the end of each of the five modules using online mode.
  • All online end of module assessments will have to be completed within a specified time period.

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  • Course Fee:
    • Local Students – LKR 40,000
    • Foreign Students – USD 400

Dr.Nilanthi Senanayake – Program Coordinator

Tele: +94 112 629 799
Email: cctb@micro.cmb.ac.lk