MSc Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
Programme Coordinator, Dr. Madgi Bayoumi
The Postgraduate Higher Diploma / MSc in Infection & Prevention Control is open to well-qualified doctors graduates, and other medical allied scientists who can demonstrate an interest and aptitude for research. The Diploma / Msc is designed to prepare candidates for full-time courses, research and thesis preparation for a Master of Infection, & Prevention Control degree, and thus includes a mix of course work, Practical’s and basic research. Both the Diploma and the Master’s degree are taken as full-time.
The programme aims to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience of individuals working in the field of Infection Prevention and Control via distance and reflective learning, a series of practical sessions and, for the MSc, a research project.
On completion of the programme the candidates will be able to:
- Develop, evaluate and maintain best practice within the field of infection prevention and control;
- Access, understand and apply published research evidence as applied to the practice of infection prevention and control;
- Develop the necessary skills to continue his own professional development.
The program works on the rehabilitation of qualified medical staff (doctors, nurses, anesthesia, and medical laboratories) personnel capable to be efficient and aware of the basics and standards of infection prevention and control in hospitals and therefore the course outcome:
- Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in the area of infection prevention, control and epidemiology.
- Apply up to date scientifically accepted infection prevention and control principles for the specific work environment;
- Apply the rules necessary to prevent the transmission of infection within the hospital to patients or employees or visitors and to ensure the cleanliness of the hospital environment and procedures.
- Monitor cases of infection associated with health care on an ongoing basis in order to determine these cases and reduce the chances of recurrence.
- Uses a systematic approach to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the WHO organization goals and objectives;
- Application performance improvement projects in the light of the results of monitoring cases of infection in order to reach a rate of cases of transmission from health care services within the hospital tothe lowest possible level.
- Train employees constantly on the foundations of infection control and to make this training of basic necessities for the exercise of work in hospitals and health centers and an instrument of upward mobility requirements.
- Ensure that health professionals who undergo training in IP&C understand how blood borne pathogens may be transmitted in the work environment: patient to healthcare worker, healthcare worker to patient, and patient to patient;
- Apply surveillance of antimicrobial drug resistance and policy for antibiotic use; and integrates surveillance findings into formal plans for improvement of practice and patient outcomes in various health care settings;
- Collaborates with occupational health in the development of strategies that address the risk of disease transmission to health care providers and ancillary staff;
- Participates in development/review of occupational health policies and procedures related to infection prevention and control;
- Conducts, participates, evaluates and/or applies relevant research findings to infection prevention, control, and epidemiology practice.