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Foundations of Infection Prevention in the Ambulatory Care Setting

What is the basic science that underlies infection prevention? Learn about how bacteria and viruses are spread and how you can prevent disease transmission. ? 

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About this course

This course provides an overview of basic principles of infection transmission and the role of healthcare staff in preventing the spread of infections to themselves, colleagues and patients. It contains non-graded knowledge checks so learners can interact with the content. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to...

  • Explain the basic modes of infection transmission
    • Recall the differences between bacteria and viruses
    • Recognize the three basic transmission principles
    • Recognize common ways diseases are spread
    • Recognize common signs of active infection
    • Recognize the three stages of an infection
  • Describe your role in preventing infection transmission
    • Recall at least three ways you or others can prevent disease transmission
    • Recognize the importance of teamwork in infection prevent in healthcare settings


Subject Matter Experts

  • Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, FACP, MS, MBA
    Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
    and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases);
    Director, Hospital Epidemiology VA CT Healthcare System

  • David B. Banach, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Head of Infection Prevention 
    and Hospital Epidemiologist UConn Health

Enrollment and Contact Hours

The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org


This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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