PATH 427

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PATH 427 Basic Principles of Infection Prevention and Control (3 credits)

**This course is 20 weeks in length and extends beyond the regular UBC semester. If this is a concern for financial loans or other deadlines (i.e. graduation) you should not take this course.  No exceptions or provisions are made for early completion of the course.**

Course Outline:

PATH427 is designed as an introduction course to the principles of infection prevention and control, surveillance techniques, outbreak investigation and management as other topics pertinent to long-term care, paediatric and community infection control. The course is delivered asynchronously online in a problem-based learning format. The course content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Introduction to the course/understanding the infection control structure
  • Infection control precautions
  • Nosocomial infections and their surveillance/outbreak investigation
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Infection control in specialized care areas
  • Paediatric issues in infection control
  • Device-related and blood-borne infections
  • Infection control and long-term care
  • Community and ambulatory care issues in infection control

Objectives:

Students who complete the course will gain knowledge in:

  • The fundamental principles of body substance precautions, standard precautions, isolation requirements and appropriate barrier protection;
  • Recognition of common communicable diseases and their management;
  • Use of best evidence to support practice decisions;
  • The approach to outbreak identification, investigation and management;
  • Research skills in the area of online searches;
  • Experience with the use of case-based learning to direct individual learning.

Evaluation:

Students will be assessed on their participation in the interactive group learning process, the midterm and the final exam.  Assessment breakdown:

  • Participation = 30%
  • Midterm exam = 30%
  • Final exam = 40%

Textbooks:

The required and optional textbooks will be available as a course resource through the UBC Library and links will be included within the Canvas course site.

Required:

  • Ebbing Lautenback, Malani, Preeti, Woeltje, Keith F., Han, Jennifer H., Shuman, Emily K. and Jonas Marschall, Editors. Practical Healthcare Epidemiology, 4rd Edition. University of Chicago Press, 2018. ISBN: 9781107153165

Optional:

  • Heymann, D. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th ed., 2015. Am. Public Health Assoc., Wash. D.C. ISBN: 9780875530185
  • Red Book, 2021-2024 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 32nd Ed., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021. ISBN: 9781610025218

PATH 427 Textbook order form (updated January 2022)

Prerequisite:

Instructor permission required.

Duration:

PATH 427 is a 20-week course offered January through May, which is beyond the regular UBC semester. No exceptions or provisions will be made for early completion of the course.

Technical Requirements:

This is an online course. Click here for more information about Canvas.

Disclaimer:

The course outline is subject to change. The official outline for this course can be found within the course site.