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Welcome to the IDSA/SHEA Infection Control Fellows Course

This online course was adapted from the Johns Hopkins 13th Annual Fellows Course in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control held in July 2009. The Fellows Course in Infection Control is organized by the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Brown University, Wake Forest University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) endorse the course. The online version was developed through collaboration between IDSA, SHEA, and Johns Hopkins University. Please view the acknowledgments page for a list of IDSA and SHEA members who were involved in the development of this course.


About the Course

The course is designed to give infectious diseases fellows and others basic training in infection control and hospital epidemiology and satisfies the ACGME requirement for training in hospital epidemiology. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have a basic knowledge of the principles of disease prevention and control, healthcare epidemiology and emergency preparedness.


World-renowned faculty from various specialties in healthcare epidemiology present lessons on epidemiology and infection control. After listening to the lessons and completing pre- and post-tests, learners receive a certificate of completion. The recommended audience includes first- and second-year fellows in infectious diseases training programs, pulmonary and critical care fellows, residents, and other practitioners interested in healthcare-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance.


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Summarize the principles of counting/identifying healthcare-associated infections, organisms resistant to antimicrobial agents, or organisms that are epidemiologically important
  • Review their epidemiology and the risk factors for developing colonization and infection
  • Discuss the data supporting important infection control and antibiotic management strategies for these types of infections and for certain epidemiologically important organisms
  • Respond to questions about exposure to communicable diseases and appropriate prevention and control strategies
  • Recognize the impact healthcare-associated infections have on patient safety


Supported by an unrestricted education grant from Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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