Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

The study program enables students to understand the microbiological and environmental factors that contribute to the incidence, prevalence, transmission and control of Healthcare-associated infections. Students will acquire the relevant skills required to ensure effective infectious prevention and control, and to ensure patient and public health protection in terms of hygiene and infection prevention.

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Study level
Continuing and further education
Closing dates
Credits 40
Start up
Autumn 2018

What do you learn?:

  • About microbiological and environmental factors that contribute to the occurrence, propagation, transmission and control of infectious diseases

  • Various infectious diseases, vaccines and monitoring of those

  • About effective infection prevention and control

  • Infection protection in order to enhance patient safety.

  • About preparation, implementation and maintenance of an infection control program

  • Sustainable use of antimicrobial drugs.

  • Contribute to critical assessment and further development of own practice

  • To apply knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced tasks and projects

  • To work in interdisciplinary teams with respect for the expertise of other professional groups and contribute to a high-quality healthcare service

  • Communicate on academic issues, analyzes and conclusions in the field, with specialists, other employees and the public

Career opportunities:

This program is designed for nurses, sterile supply managers, and other healthcare professionals who have or will have an infection control responsibility. The program is also open to all with an interest in this subject area. The study is offered as a web-based education and therefore provides the flexibility to study in parallel with the job.

After successful study participants will be able to work in the primary and specialist health services, as well as in government agencies, private companies and in the industry.

About the Course:

The study program is essentially so-called "asynchronous", which means that parts of the study activities are independent of time and place. There will be a clear structure and organization of content, learning activities and work requirements. The Course in Infection Prevention and Control is offered at a Master level and consist of 40 Ects.

All subjects will have mandatory work requirements to be done along the way, e.g. reflection tasks. In some of the assignments, the student must relate the subject to his or her own practice or by choosing examples. It is a requirement that students assess the work by fellow students along the way.

Each topic is designed according to the principles of effective learning, through storytelling, discussion, visible learning and community support.


At the start of the first semester there will be a mandatory gathering, at which both an introduction to the Canvas Learning Management System, issues related to study administration and introductory lectures will be given. However physical presence is not required, it is highly recommended to participate physically, allthough it will be possible to follow parts of the gathering by video streaming.

Learn through storytelling:

Instead of broadcasting long classroom lectures, ideas and concepts will be presented through videos and high-quality articles. Students can then discuss what they have learned, test new knowledge with quiz assignments (multiple choice tests) along the way, providing useful answers and the ability to retry if an answer is incorrect. Each course tells a story, step by step, with challenges and useful tips along the way, to test and build understanding.

Discussion for learning:

Online Forum Discussion
Through Online Forum Discussions, students can discuss with each other topics related to the topic. Students contribute to the discussion by posting messages to an online message board.

Coached Problem Solving
In Coached Problem Solving, students are working to solve a problem by using concepts that have been taught. The instructor facilitates and offers just-in-time coaching in each step of the problem-solving process.

Visible learning:

One way to improve your learning is to make the process visible so that the student knows how far it has come. The assignment list gives the student an overview of the course, shows the activities and records what the student has completed.

Community-supported learning

Community-supported learning can be a very creative process, while building team skills.
Some collaborative learning activities that are being used are:
• Peer evaluation
• Problem-Based Learning
• Send-A-Problem


1. sem (autumn)

2. sem (spring)

3. sem (autumn)

4. sem (spring)

1. gathering





(10 ECTS)


(10 ETCS)


(10 ECTS)


(10 ECTS)


Applicants without a Norwegian ID should use the manual application form you will find on the course webside for “Infection Prevention and Control”

Søkere med norsk fødselsnummer skal søke vià EVU søknadsweb, se norsk studieomtale på nettsiden til «Hygiene og smittevern».

Admission requirements

The requirement for admission is bachelor's degree (180 ects) in health or biological sciences.

Study facts

Online / Workshops – Vestfold

  • Teaching Language: «Lectures and teaching material in English, student submissions can be in Scandinavian, German or English (provided at least 4 participants of each language group)”
  • Semesters: 4
  • Charge NOK. 53.000,- + semester fee. Approx NOK. 800,- per semester (4 semesters)
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements


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