Epidemiology and Surveillance of Healthcare Acquired Infections CPD Award

What is special about this course?

Surveillance and investigation of cases or outbreaks of infectious disease within the population is a key function of the prevention and control of infection. Anyone working in this field should have an awareness of the routine data available, its limitations and how it might best be used to influence practice.

Using current examples of outbreaks across the world, the CPD Award Epidemiology and Surveillance of Healthcare Acquired Infections is a master’s level module, introducing the concepts of epidemiology, surveillance, statistics and how to use data to inform infection prevention and control. You will develop practical, statistical and critical analysis skills that you can apply directly to your workplace.

Who should apply?

  • NHS staff currently on bands 5 and 6 of the NHS Career Framework Ladder working in Infection Prevention and Control roles.
  • Healthcare professionals working in roles associated with the control of infection who wish to acquire a better understanding of HAI surveillance, cohort studies and rates of infection.

For more details or informal discussion about the module, please contact: 

Special features

  • Fully online delivery gives flexible access to study and can therefore fit around work and personal commitments.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 Degree in a relevant healthcare subject and at least 3 years professional experience in a related field OR
  • Evidence of study at SCQF level 10 in a healthcare subject and employment in related field

Recognised European or international equivalent qualifications are considered. If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of your English language skills. All non-UK students must have one of the three options below: 

  • IELTS at 6.5 or above, taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course
  • TOEFL at 90-100, taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course
  • Cambridge English Qualifications: C2 Proficiency


CPD Award

The module will cover:

  • An introduction to local, national and international HAI surveillance systems
  • Analysis of data including an introduction to the principles of variation and statistical significance
  • Basic interpretation of results inclusive of examining sources of bias and confounding and cause versus association
  • Closing the surveillance cycle: application of data to practice and evaluation of interventions
  • Epidemiological study design (descriptive and analytical; inclusive of cohort, case control)
  • Introduction to reportable and notifiable diseases
  • Measures of association
  • Principles of epidemiology (time, place and person)
  • Principles of surveillance of HAI
  • The importance of definitions and methods in surveillance inclusive of validity and reliability

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will have regular tutorials, in addition to online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. 

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): 14 weeks @ approximately 14 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - this fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at Inverness College UHI.

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to supplement this CPD Award with further modules from the MSc Infection Prevention and Control Programme, to complete a Post Graduate Certificate.

These would include:

  • Microorganisms and disease
  • Decontamination 

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Epidemiology and Surveillance of Healthcare Acquired Infections CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

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