Safety and Hygiene in Infectious Diseases Online Training

The current pandemic poses a particular challenge for both new and well-experienced professionals working with older adults in hospitals, nursing homes or even at home The challenges of COVID-19 are ever-reminding that a top priority for patient safety is the strict adherence to hygiene standards.  

The Faculty of Medicine and Health at EDU led by designated Dean Dr Prof. Andreas Hoeft developed the Safety and Hygiene in Infectious Diseases (SHIDA) online training to prepare healthcare and nursing staff, as well as those providing care at home, to better protect their patients and themselves against infections, including COVID-19. 

SHIDA is therefore offered on two levels to serve multiple needs: 


Every Monday, as of April 2020 


25 hours in total 


250 EUR per participant for institutions 




This level is aimed at scientifically trained healthcare staff and nurses to refresh their knowledge on safety and hygiene practices.


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This level is developed in order to equip older adult care assistants working in nursing homes, as well as informal or family caregivers at care homes or their own homes, with the necessary infection control knowledge to support those in their care.

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Every Monday, as of April 2020 


1 week, 25 learning hours


250 EUR p.p. for institutions 





By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Manage the incidence, prevalence, mortality, diagnosis, therapy and possible complications of the most common communicable infectious diseases on wards and nursing homes  
  • Practice infection control measures on a daily basis and organise suitable precaution measures in times of an outbreak  
  • Understand vaccination measures, including the concepts of focal immunity and non-responders and possible side effects of vaccination;  
  • Practice preventive hygienic measures of infection protection for health-care workers. 

EDU's Safety and Hygiene course is supported by a community of medical experts, including:

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Exner
Prof. Dr. med. Martin ExnerDirector of the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, WHO CC; University of Bonn; President of the German Society of Hospital Hygiene
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“Hygiene sounds a bit old-fashioned since Semmelweis, but it is not only in times of Covid-19 that it is more crucial than ever. The A&O is known to be hand hygiene, but also much more. This online course gives an overview of the most important measures not only for the protection of patients and people in need of care, but also for self-protection."
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Hoeft
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas HoeftDesignated Dean of EDU, Faculty of Medicine and Health
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“Hospital-acquired nosocomial infections are common, and often preventable. A top priority for patient safety is therefore the strict adherence to hygiene standards. The current pandemic with COVID-19 in particular poses a challenge for hospitals and nursing homes. The online training is aimed at nursing staff in all areas, who want to better protect their patients, as well as themselves, against infections.”


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Flexibility to study whenever, wherever

As this is a flexible online training, participants will be able to adjust their study hours to how it fits their work-life schedule the best.

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Test your knowledge

If participants complete the course successfully, they can take an online proctored exam. They will have two weeks to prepare!

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Learn from experts in live sessions

Participants learn from healthcare professionals and topic specialists in virtual classroom sessions where they can ask questions real time.  

Benefit from tutoring and mentoring

To ensure participants receive adequate support, they will have a tutor and mentor by their side at all times who will give them the feedback and guidance they need to succeed!


Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Hoeft

Designated Dean of EDU
Faculty of Medicine and Health

Dr. med. Nils C. Thiessen, MME

Chief Science Officer at EDU
Faculty of Medicine and Health

Dr Stephen K Mathew

Dr. Stephen K. Mathew

Senior Lecturer

Portrait Leila Sales

Leila Sales

Senior Lecturer

Portrait Stephanie Kemp

Stephanie Kemp

Senior Lecturer

Ernst Fenselau

Senior Lecturer


Viruses and bacteria can cause considerable damage, at times leading to the deaths of patients in hospitals and nursing homes. The perfidious thing about them is that they cannot be seen. Their presence is only noticed when a patient shows symptoms of infection, which can be of varying degrees. This brings forward, amongst others, two areas of concern:

  • Infections, once they have occurred, can be difficult to treat and often prolong patients’ hospital-stays and amount to considerable additional costs. Our focus, therefore, must be on taking preventative measures that aim to stop or slow infections from developing or developing further.
  • Equally important, employees must protect themselves from pathogens as much as possible. When bringing our current global context forward, SARS-CoV-2 will be discussed, as well as tuberculosis and hepatitis.

To address these two areas of concern, this 25-hour course is specifically aimed at combating viruses and bacteria with which employees in healthcare professions are regularly confronted with.

This training therefore contributes to an increased understanding and knowledge of infectious diseases in hospitals and nursing homes, with a focus on safety and hygiene.

Recognize symptoms of an infection and possible complications, learn about the immune system, identify the most common bacteria and viruses, and the anti-infectives and antibiotics used to treat these. 

Practice sterilization and learn about risk-management for healthcare workers, patients and infected healthcare workers, as well as different infection control measures.   

From protective clothing to surgical disinfection, master adequate hygiene practices. Perform immunization, wound care, and other procedures correctly and hygienically.  

Cover the most common infections, including: nosocomial infections in hospitals and nursing homescommon cold/ Influenza/ COVID19infectious bowel diseasehepatitisAIDStuberculosis. 

Understand the mechanisms of action of antimicrobials and their resistance, learn susceptibility testing techniques and how to administer antimicrobial agents via different routes.  


Target Group 

This training has been designed on different levels to address formal healthcare or care providers in Europe with the skills and practices specific to their field: 

  • The Nurse track is aimed at experienced hospital staff, such as nurses, with higher level scientific education 
  • The Caregiver track is aimed at the staff who provide care in older adult institutions, nursing and care facilities as well as informal or family caregivers who provide care for their beloved at home 



As the goal of this training is to increase knowledge on hygiene and safety in the context of communicable infections and diseases, the course is open to anyone who matches the basic eligibility criteria and therefore has: 

  • Education at a minimum MQF Level 4 (high school leaving certificate); 
  • Moderate digital competencies; 
  • Regular access to a computer, tablet, or other suitable device and a reliable internet connection; 
  • Language proficiency at a B2 or higher level is strongly recommended.  


Cost and Registration 

Register your institution below to get access to the Safety and Hygiene in Infectious Diseases Online for your health and healthcare staff members indicating the number of participants and desired start date. Trainings are offered every week as of April 2020, starting on Mondays.  

The cost for the certified training is 250 EUR per participant, which includes one week training with personalised support from a tutor and mentor, live expert tutorials, access to the proctored examinations and issuing of an accredited and EU-wide recognised certificate upon successful completion. 


Founded in June 2018, EDU is a private institution for higher education, with a vision to substantially increase the quality and accessibility of education. We want to change education with digital technologies and innovative learning practices. 

EDU is truly a digital native institution. Its degree course include Europe’s first digital medical school – EDU Medical and its course in Human Medicine. EDU’s state-of-the-art digital learning platform offers a 21st Century education model incorporating modern didactic methodologies and is fully accessible to students and learners wherever they are.

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