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Infection Prevention & Control Online Course

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at queensic@queensu.ca.

Topics covered:

  • Life-long Learning: Principles of Adult Learning
  • Evidence-based Medicine & Literature Searching
  • Infectious Diseases Processes-Clinical Microbiology
  • Routine Practices and Added Precautions
  • Disinfection, Sterilization, Re-processing and Construction
  • Epidemiologic Investigation and Surveillance
  • Epidemiology of Health Care Acquired Infections
  • Employee and Occupational Health
  • Public Health and Education
  • Management of Infection Prevention and Control

Course Purpose:

 This Infection Prevention and Control course is an on-line interactive program for health professionals who are new to the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) or are about to enter into the practice of Infection Prevention and Control. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the practice of Infection Prevention and Control and to increase participants’ knowledge and skills for managing the prevention and control of infections and disease.

Who should take this course?

 New infection control practitioners in all Canadian health care settings, including communicable disease staff working in health units. We ask that you have obtained one of the following: RN, BSc or MLT. If you have not obtained one of these credentials we recommend having experience in the IPAC field.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Identify fundamental concepts of epidemiology and microbiology as they relate to IP&C
  2. Examine and investigate scenarios to practice problem-solving for IP&C
  3. Practice critical thinking and management skills for engaging in:
    • routine practices and additional precautions,
    • surveillance,
    • outbreak control of infections and disease within clinical and public health settings
  4. Collaborate with colleagues to demonstrate teamwork skills reflective of the inter-professional working relationships found within healthcare settings.
  5. Apply research, teaching, and life-long learning skills through engagement within a problem based, online learning community

International Participants: 

 We cannot at this time, accept participants from abroad due to the time zone challenges and the group work that is part of this course. If you do live abroad, please refrain from registering. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Course Format

IPAC Canada has endorsed this course which has recently been redesigned to update the Infection Prevention and Control content and to reflect current pedagogical strategies. The course will cover all the IPAC Canada (Infection Prevention and Control Canada--formerly Community and Hospital Infection Control Association)/ APIC (Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology) professional practice standards. The curriculum is also based on the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology's (CBIC) Examination Content Outline, available at: http://cbic.org/certification/candidate-handbook/online-handbook/preparing-for-the-examination#outline

Time Committment:

We survey outgoing learners each cohort and per the latest surveys they confirm an average of between 7-14 hours per week spent on the coursework. This is the combination of modules, discussions, assignments and quizzes each week. This varied depending on their confort level with that week's topics and their prior experience in the IPAC field.

Language Requirements:

English is the language of instruction for the Online Basic Infection Prevention and Control course and will be the language used by the participants and by the instructors of this course to communicate orally as well as electronically. 

All applicants accepted into this course must have a level of comprehension in the English language that will enable them to communicate effectively with their instructors and fellow classmates.


This course has been endorsed by IPAC-Canada.

The course includes the following modules:

  • Lifelong Learning: Principles of Adult Learning and Evidence-based Medicine and Literature Searching (1 week)
  • Infectious Disease Processes: Clinical Microbiology (2 weeks)
  • Routine Practices and Additional Precautions (2 weeks)
  • Disinfection, Sterilization and Construction (2 weeks)
  • Employee and Occupational Health (2 weeks)
  • Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation (5 weeks)
  • Epidemiology of Health Care Acquired Infections (2 weeks)
  • Public Health and Education (1 week)
  • Management and Communication in Infection Prevention and Control (1.5 weeks)


Program Structure 

 There are three broad parts that reflect the type of learning activity and its objectives: knowledge gathering, knowledge practice and knowledge sharing.

  1. Knowledge gathering occurs by a wide variety of methods: assigned readings, self-directed research, etc.
  2. Knowledge practice involves assigned case studies of infection control problems, short answer questions and online quizzes. There will be individual assignments as well.
  3. Knowledge sharing is a huge part of this course. Students' progress through the phases of knowledge gathering, practice and sharing will be continuously monitored. Your assignments will be graded and you will receive feedback on your performance throughout the course.


Course Director

Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, C. Dir Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Chief of Staff, Scarborough Rouge Hospital; Emeritus Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, and of Nursing, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Course Advisor

Jim Gauthier, MLT, CIC, Instructor of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Infection Control Practitioner, Queen's University

Course Instructors

Sandra Callery, BScN, MHSc, CIC, Director of Infection Control, Public Health Ontario Toronto, ON

Sandra Halliday, MSL, Public Services Librarian, Bracken Health Sciences Library, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University

Kathleen Poole, RegN, MScN, CIC, COHN(c), Occupational Health, Providence Care, Kingston, ON

David Ryding, BHSc, BASc, CPHI(C), CIC, MPH, Infection Control Consultant, Public Health Ontario, Regional Infection Control Network – South Eastern Ontario

Prameet Sheth, MSc, PhD, D(ABMM) Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences and Pathology; Clinical Microbiologist, Division of Microbiology, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston, Ontario

Stephanie W. Smith, MD, MSc (Epi), FRCPC, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Director, Infection Prevention and Control, University of Alberta

Denise Stockley, PhD, Professor, Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, C. Dir Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Chief of Staff, Scarborough Rouge Hospital; Emeritus Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, and of Nursing, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


Fall 2020:

September 14, 2020 - February 14, 2021 (holiday break from December 14, 2020 - January 3, 2021)

Winter 2020:

Dates to be confirmed in the Fall

Please sign up for the Queen's IPC Mailing List to receive information on upcoming intakes and registration details: http://eepurl.com/gAh_lr

Fee: $1500 CAD

In order to confirm a place in this course, you must pay the full fee at the time of registration.

For Fall 2020: only online credit card payments are able to be accepted as our office is operating remotely.

Refund Policy (For Fall 2020)

50% of the course fee will be refunded for notices of withdrawal received up to August 20, 2020. 

No refunds will be given for withdrawal requests after August 20, 2020. 

Registration for Fall 2020:

Registration is currently FULL.

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