Diagnostics for AMR: Building Back Better from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gain insight into the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how innovations can be used to leverage AMR diagnostics.

Overview Diagnostic for AMR MOOC

What lessons can the antimicrobial (AMR) response take from COVID-19 events?

As the world continues to deal with COVID-19, its impact on other public health issues must also be considered. This three-week course provides valuable insight into how COVID-19 affected different countries’ One Health efforts in general, and their antimicrobial resistance responses in particular.

Unpack COVID-19’s impact on AMR diagnostics

The course starts with a close examination of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on One Health projects and delivery in different countries, and on AMR stewardship and responses.

With a clear understanding of the effects, you’ll be able to explore the lessons and benefits that the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (and the pandemic itself) hold for AMR research and action plans.

See what AMR and One Health can take from COVID-19 events

The importance of quality and informatics for AMR diagnostics, AMR data sharing, and overall collaboration within the public health sector will all be emphasised on the course.

You’ll also learn more about the diagnostic technology innovations and diagnostic capacity increases that developed in response to COVID-19, and how they can be applied to the AMR response.

Ultimately, you’ll gain new appreciation for the need for continuous learning, professional development, and information sharing in the fight against AMR by the end of the course.

Learn at the cutting edge of AMR research with LSHTM

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is ideally suited to present this course on AMR diagnostics, surveillance, reporting, and responding.

Besides having a proven record for launching excellent online courses with Becton Dickinson and Company (their partner in this course), the LSHTM is a recognised leader in global and public health.


  • Week 1- Updates on the AMR response and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Week 2 - Better diagnosis, surveillance and reporting for AMR

  • Week 3 - Building back better for a robust and sustainable AMR response

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on AMR stewardship and One health in countries. 

  • Identify innovations and increased diagnostic capacity in countries during the COVID-19 pandemic for a more robust and effective response to AMR.

  • Explore partnerships in building strong laboratory systems and enabling environments for a more robust AMR response.

Who is the course for?

This insightful course from the LSHTM is designed for anyone interested in the public health aspects of AMR control, including policy and decision-makers and healthcare professionals, students, and educators.

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