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Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

Understand antibiotic resistance, and how antimicrobial stewardship can slow down or reduce it, with this free online course


  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

Understand antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship is a fast-growing field that aims to address this issue by managing our use of antibiotics to slow down or reduce the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance.

Designed for healthcare professionals, this six-week course will inform you about - and empower you to provide - safe, high-quality antibiotic use.

You’ll interact with colleagues globally, to understand what antibiotic resistance means - and why the World Economic Forum has placed it alongside terrorism and climate change on its global risk register.


Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsNo more lies! No more lies! We're outside the Dundee Hospital where yesterday a second patient just died from a deadly, resistant infection. The World Health Organisation has warned that without urgent action, we're heading for an era in which common infections-- which have been treatable with antibiotics for decades-- can kill once more. We have put enhanced infection control and other measures. Imagine that by 2050, there will be an estimated 10 million deaths from antibiotic resistant bacteria-- more than all the deaths from cancer or road traffic accidents. He had a chest infection and was given lots of different antibiotics from the GP. Usually, patients start to recover well one or two days after prostate surgery. Unfortunately, Mr. Jenkins did remain unwell.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds Antimicrobial stewardship is fast growing field that aims to address this issue by managing our use of antibiotics so as to slow down or reduce the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance. It's turned out that this patient has managed to acquire a much more resistant bacterial infection than we would normally see. This free, online course will help you understand what antimicrobial stewardship is and how you can apply it to the every day setting. I just thought you'd be immune and OK by the time you got into hospital. Join with other members of your health care team and work together on this interactive, global course delivered by the University of Dundee in partnership with The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and FutureLearn. Register now.

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 secondsGet involved, and involve your team. Welcome.

What topics will you cover?

  • Antibiotic Resistance and its global impact
  • The relationship between antibiotic resistance and prescribing
  • What antimicrobial stewardship is and how it can be implemented in a hospital setting
  • Why measurement is important in stewardship: how it can improve antibiotic prescribing
  • How novel diagnostics can help in clinical decision making for antibiotic prescribing
  • An understanding of the value of Behaviour Change Science to improve antibiotic prescribing
  • Examples of successful antibiotic stewardship from across the globe

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Understand and assess the value of Behaviour Change Science to antimicrobial stewardship implementation in the learners own location
  • Assess the threat of antibiotic resistance in the learner's location and to their practice
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of using certain strategies/tools/interventions in antimicrobial stewardship to drive improvement in learner's location and practice
  • Understand the value of measurement in antimicrobial stewardship: how to calculate DDDs and use Point Prevelance Surveys, have begun to determine how to use these in their location and practice to drive improvements in antibiotic prescribing
  • Assess the value of novel diagnostics to clinical decision making for optimal antibiotic prescribing
  • Understand the value of Behaviour Change Science to successful antimicrobial stewardship: by assessing issues around culture and context learners will explore how you can apply this evidence in their own setting
  • Examples of successful antimicrobial stewardship implementation from across the globe will be provided and learners encouraged to assess the value of these for their own location and practice

Who is the course for?

This course requires an active interest and prior experience in the prevention, diagnosis and management of infectious disease.

Who will you learn with?


I am a doctor with 25+ years of interest and experience in improving the use of antibiotics. Through better education, to promote better patient management and treatment. [我是一名医生,对改善抗生素的使用有25+年的兴趣和经验。]

Who developed the course?

The University of Dundee is one of the world’s Top 200 universities and was named Scottish University of the Year for both 2016 and 2017. Dundee offers one of the UK’s best student experiences.

Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £69.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.