Infectious diseases are a key concern for any healthcare professional. Globally, infectious diseases are responsible for more than 25% of all deaths, second only to cardiovascular disease. Millions more individuals are affected by the most common types of infectious diseases, which can have both short- and long-term health consequences.
This online course offers insights into infectious diseases that are essential for medical professionals. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the most common infectious diseases as well as a grasp of the procedures that can help contain them.
- Lesson 1 - Infection Control Basics
Infection control procedures are a vital part of health care and patient safety measures used by every member of the healthcare team both in the United States and globally.
- Lesson 2 - Influenza: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
Influenza (commonly called the "flu") is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects all ages and can cause significant illness and death.
- Lesson 3 - Pneumonia in Adults and Children
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Globally, it is the leading killer of children under the age of 5 years. There are several types of pneumonia, depending on the type of microbe (bacteria, viruses, or fungi) that causes it.
- Lesson 4 - Tuberculosis
Despite advances in their treatment and prevention, tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB, or MDR-TB, remain two of the world's deadliest communicable diseases.
- Lesson 5 - The ABCs of Hepatitis
Hepatitis A, B, and C are viruses that affect millions of individuals throughout the world. They affect the liver and have a variety of etiologies and mechanisms of transmission. Long-term consequences of the viruses vary, but can include serious, chronic health consequences such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment are essential in preventing the spread of these diseases.
- Lesson 6 - HIV/AIDS Education for Health Care Professionals
Healthcare providers need to be knowledgeable about the complex clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, as well as address ethical, cultural, and empowerment issues, and implement evolving infection control guidelines.
- Lesson 7 - Zoonosis: Can Your Pet Make You Sick?
For many people, animals are an important part of their lives, providing valuable social bonds, emotional support, and joy. Yet many diseases can be spread from pets to people. These diseases, called zoonoses, can involve bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections. Maintaining a healing environment for all includes the prevention of infections from our pets and other animals.
- Lesson 8 - Tickborne Diseases
Many tickborne diseases are challenging to diagnose because their symptoms imitate other common illnesses. The prevention of tickborne disease involves avoidance of tick-infested areas, the appropriate use of proper clothing, and insect repellents.
- Lesson 9 - Emerging Global Infectious Diseases
Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are an ever-present threat to the health and livelihood of individuals, families, communities, and countries all over the world. The greatest burden of EIDs lies in developing countries and among infants and children who are the most vulnerable to these infections and the long-term consequences of their presence.
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New class starts monthly
Course Hours: 13 Hours
This workshop is offered through our continuing education online partner.