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Antimicrobial & Antibiotic Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance has been classed by the WHO as a global threat. Stay up-to-date with the latest thinking and get professional healthcare training with a short online health course from a top UK university or institution.

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What is antimicrobial resistance?

  • Consequences

    Antibiotics overuse has increased mortality and helped strengthen certain diseases. Antimicrobial resistance is also predicted to cost $100 trillion and cause 10 million deaths by 2050. Understand more about these effects by taking an online healthcare course.

  • Antimicrobial stewardship

    Antimicrobial stewardship is a crucial and fast-growing field of expertise tackling the overuse of antimicrobials. It covers practical topics like measurement to wider debates such as Behaviour Change Science in prescription.

  • Everyone can help

    Everyone has a part to play in tackling antimicrobial resistance – from individuals making sure to only taking antibiotics when prescribed to health organisations, governments and agriculture professionals.

  • Global understanding

    Antimicrobial resistance is ranked alongside climate change by the WHO as a global issue. It requires an understanding of government policy, national health systems and how to target countries’ institutions and news outlets to spread the message.

Learn more about the challenges we face in the world of antibiotics with a short, online healthcare course

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Why learn about antimicrobial resistance with FutureLearn?

Our Society exists to save lives by fighting infections. The people in our network know that keeping pace with developments in science and medicine is critical to meeting the many life-and-death challenges we face – especially in relation to antimicrobial resistance. The need to reach as many people as possible, through an open access learning platform, is fundamental to the global drive to discover new drugs, rescue old ones, track resistance, and support the responsible use of antibiotics.

Tracey Guise
CEO of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)

Thanks for such a descriptive and interesting course, very demanding with lots of extra material to read but at the same time very informative! I hope that many of us will be able to apply the knowledge and champion the antibiotic stewardship in the future!

Elena Pereman
Learner on Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

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Meet antibiotics and antimicrobial experts

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World Antibiotics Awareness Week

13-19 November 2017

The focus of World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017 was how to tackle the overuse of antibiotics, and how we can all play our part to slow down antibiotic resistance.

  • Antibiotic resistance can affect all of us, whatever our age or country
  • Infections ranging from tuberculosis to pneumonia are becoming difficult to treat through resistance
  • Educating and sharing the latest news is an effective way to tackle the issue
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