Online course in Health & Psychology

e-Bug Health Educator Training

Improve your ability to teach children and young people how to prevent the spread of infection and to use antibiotics responsibly.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn how to use the e-Bug teaching resource

e-Bug is operated by Public Health England (PHE) as a free educational resource for teaching young people aged 4-18 about the spread, prevention, and treatment of infections and antibiotic use.

This course was developed by PHE and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) for teachers/educators, and others who work with children or young people. Use this course to learn more about important health topics and increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in using e-Bug resources, which tie into efforts to reduce the spread of infections and antibiotic resistance in the UK.

What topics will you cover?

This course will focus on a variety of health topics spread over a three-week period.

  • Week 1: Introduction to microbes, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene
  • Week 2: Food hygiene and oral hygiene
  • Week 3: Antimicrobial resistance

Each week will feature a different set of learning outcomes that align to the topics that will be covered.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain to children and young people that microbes live everywhere, come in different shapes and sizes, and there are useful and harmful microbes.
  • Demonstrate to children and young people how infection can spread through our hands, coughs and sneezes and why it is important to use soap and the six steps of hand-washing.
  • Demonstrate and explain to children and young people how microbes can spread through food or unclean kitchen surfaces.
  • Explore the influence that sugary food and drinks have on oral health with children and young people, and demonstrate the benefits of effective tooth-brushing.
  • Explain the importance of antibiotics to children and young people, demonstrate what antibiotic resistance is and how we can prevent it.

Who is the course for?

Primary and secondary school educators, as well as those who lead community groups targeting children and young people. The course might also be of interest to healthcare professionals who work with children, for example, school nurses. Local authority or government officials involved in the management of infections and improving antibiotic use within communities, might also find this course useful.

This course is designed for child educators in different settings around the UK, but may be appropriate for other countries and settings.

Who will you learn with?

Alicia Demirjian

Alicia Demirjian

Medical epidemiologist, e-Bug lead at Public Health England; paediatric infectious diseases consultant at Evelina London Children's Hospital. Passionate about preventing/treating infections. @aliciad3

Cliodna McNulty

Cliodna McNulty

Clinical microbiologist, Head of Public Health England Primary Care & Interventions Unit. Published an abundance of research around the areas of antimicrobial resistance and is heavily cited.

Who developed the course?

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

We exist to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading research, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.

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