The Role of Diagnostics in the Antimicrobial Resistance Response

Understand how diagnostics can be used in both the prevention and treatment of antimicrobial resistance.

Course overview

Discover a more accurate, more targeted way to tackle AMR.

There’s a major lack of awareness about how diagnostics can help us to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

This course was developed to help medical professionals like you tackle AMR. You’ll explore the varieties of resistant bacteria, such as healthcare-associated infections, clinical syndromes and zoonotic infections, and learn what to do about them.

By the end of your study, you’ll possess a broader awareness of AMR and what causes it. You’ll have a detailed understanding of how diagnostics can be used in prevention, and the targeted use of antibiotics in treatment.

What topics will you cover?

The MOOC is organised in 6 weekly modules, according to the following topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to the role of diagnostics in the response to AMR
  • Week 2: Common clinical syndromes
  • Week 3: Healthcare associated infections
  • Week 4: Enteric infections and the One Health approach
  • Week 5: Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Week 6: The future is in our hands

What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and how it is caused
  • Describe the top causes of AMR (linked to WHO and CDC priority list of pathogens) such as Gram negatives bacterial pathogens causing urinary tract infections (UTI) and healthcare associated infections (HAIs), sepsis and gonorrhoea
  • Explain the role of diagnostics in reducing the threat of AMR and in more targeted use of antibiotics use for above conditions
  • Reflect on the role everyone has to play in the fight against AMR both for now and the future.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for health professionals, such as clinicians, nurses, nurse-practitioners, pharmacists, lab managers, technicians, faculty and students. It would also appeal to anyone with an interest in the field of antimicrobial resistance.