Safety and Hygiene in Infectious Diseases Online Training

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. This online training is aimed at nursing staff in all areas, who want to better protect their patients, but also themselves, against infections 

Participants will:  

  • Practice preventive hygienic measures for infection protection  
  • Practice cleaning wounds hygienically, preparing infusion systems, applying intravenous catheters and other procedures in a sterile manner  
  • Manage the incidence, prevalence, mortality, diagnosis, therapy and possible complications of the most common communicable infectious diseases on wards and nursing homes  


Every Monday, as of April 2020 


ECTS points at EQFL 5* 


week, 25 hours in total 


250 EUR per participant for institutions 


EnglishGermanSpanish, French, Portuguese


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 organize 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. 


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Flexibility to study whenever, wherever

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

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Earn a certification

If you complete the course successfully, you can take an online proctored exam to earn your EU-recognized certificate. You’ll have two weeks to prepare! Accreditation currently underway.

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Learn from experts in live sessions

Learn from healthcare professionals and topic specialists in virtual classroom sessions where you can ask questions real time.  

Benefit from tutoring and mentoring

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


Target Group 

This training has been designed to address formal healthcare providers in Europe, such as nurses, as well as those who are currently in training, and those who provide care in hospitals and institutions. It is especially relevant for caregivers working with older patients in nursing and care facilities.



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.  

Accreditation and Recognition 

Participants meeting the eligibility requirements who pass the course earn an Award in Safety and Hygiene in Infectious Diseases worth 1 ECTS point at MQFL 5, which can be applied towards a related Bachelor’s degree in the field. This course is provided by EDU, a Higher Education Institution licensed by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (License Number: 2018-010) 

* EU-recognised accreditation in progress. 


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. 


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.  


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.

EDU is operated by Digital Education Holdings Ltd. (DEH).

At EDU our aim is to make high-quality education available to anyone who is passionate about studying, regardless of your location. We provide a distance learning experience that is collaborative and student-centric, where we put competencies above rotary knowledge. By having theoretical foundations linked to real-life use cases, our students excel in our courses because they know how to apply what they have learned to their careers and further educational aspirations. 

EDU course consist of high-quality digital content, available to students in a tailored virtual learning environment where they work in small teams to solve tasks and receive individual feedback from dedicated tutors.


Dr. Henri Michael von Blanquet

Dr. Dirk Evers

Dr. Saskia Biskup

Dr. Lawrence Samuel Friedman, MD

Johannes Starlinger, Dr.-Ing.



The content for the FOUNDATIONS IN PRECISION MEDICINE course was designed alongside the Precision Medicine Alliance and XPOMET, and the course design team at EDU. The team at EDU remains in close contact with both PMA and XPOMET to ensure that the course offerings remain relevant and monitored. The course provider is EDU.

EDU is a brand of Digital Education Holdings. Ltd. <>, a Higher Education Institution licensed by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (Licence Number: 2018-010). 


Working in a team, you will be asked to move through a sequence of three modules that will help you learn about the foundational principles of precision medicine. Each module requires you to complete an assignment with your team members. These assignments bring you through a process of identifying and profiling a real-world case in order to help you gain direct insight into the field of precision medicine.

Currently the course is offered only in English.​


You will be able to communicate with your team and the wider programme community directly on the online platform. You are free to use additional communication tools and methods as you see fit.​

To work with your team, you will have a collaborative workspace where you can co-create multi-media projects.

Yes! We believe that the best solutions are developed when people come together, bringing the diversity of their experiences and ideas to the table to work towards a shared goal. Note that in order to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion, you are expected to engage in group work and submit your mandatory group assignments

Yes, every step of the way. A mentor and tutor will be assigned to your team to provide guidance as you make your way through the course. Your tutor will give you meaningful feedback on your work at each stage of the program, while your mentor will coach you throughout the learning experience and help guide you toward the answers to any other course-related questions you may have.


You have two options, pay in full, or you can pay 20% to ensure your spot and are due to pay the remainder within 45 days.


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Every Monday, as of April 2020 


1 ECTS point*


1 week, 25 learning hours


250 EUR p.p. for institutions