Online course in Health & Psychology

The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

Learn how vaccines work and can be used for infectious disease control with this online course for healthcare professionals.

The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Explore the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases and AMR

Vaccines are instrumental in protecting people against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). On this course, you will investigate the role of vaccines in preventing these diseases and explore case studies that demonstrate successful strategies.

After taking this course, you will understand how vaccines work and are used globally in low, middle and high-income countries. You will also appreciate the factors influencing the availability and uptake of vaccines and understand the important role they play in managing infectious diseases and preventing AMR.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are vaccines and how do they work
  • The impact vaccines have had on saving lives
  • Barriers to the universal use of vaccines
  • The potential for vaccines to help address antimicrobial resistance

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain the basic principles of how vaccines work
  • Evaluate the impact of vaccines on infectious diseases
  • Describe how vaccines are currently used in higher and lower income countries
  • Describe the factors that influence vaccine deployment and uptake
  • Assess the potential pipeline of future vaccine development to prevent AMR and infectious diseases
  • Evaluate the challenges for novel vaccine development

Who is the course for?

This course is for healthcare professionals working in any setting and individuals interested in gaining more knowledge on vaccines and how they save lives.

Who will you learn with?

Susanne Hodgson

Susanne Hodgson

I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology at the University of Oxford with a research interest in the development of novel vaccines.

Rajeka Lazarus

Rajeka Lazarus

I am a practising infection doctor interested in antimicrobial stewardship, microbiology, TB and vaccine uptake. My research interest is vaccine immunology in adults.

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.

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