Graduate Certificate in Infection Risk Management (Level 7)

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi Taura Aarai Whakapokenga
Code TO0024
Level 7
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Programme aim

Develop the skills and knowledge to implement infection risk management programmes within health related organisations and environments.

This programme includes the following content:

  • history of infectious diseases and development of infection risk management
  • Standards Aotearoa New Zealand regarding infection risk management
  • Application of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi of infection risk management to improve Māori health outcomes
  • A range of health models, including Māori and European/Western contexts relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand
  • microbiology
  • strategies to prevent and minimise the spread of infectious organisms
  • antimicrobial therapy and resistance
  • epidemiology
  • surveillance methods and programmes
  • statistical techniques
  • food hygiene
  • waste management
  • disinfection and sterilisation
  • working within Infection Risk Management teams

Career opportunities

Infection prevention and control clinicians, rest home/aged-care clinical Managers, registered nurses in aged-care settings, registered nurses in acute clinical settings, registered nurses in correctional facilities, Practice Nurses in medical centres, Dental nurses, Allied health professionals, Food handling.

Award information

To achieve the award of the Graduate Certificate in Infection Risk Management (Level 7), students must pass a total of 60 compulsory credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of developing and implementing culturally appropriate infection prevention and control practices and procedures, including the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for health care providers;
  • understand the chain of infection and its physiological basis;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of epidemiology and epidemiological research;
  • identify best practice strategies for managing and containing infectious diseases in health, disability and aged care facilities; and
  • analyse the requirements within hospital/long term care environments with relation to disinfection and sterilization.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations, and hold either of the following:

  • a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) OR
  • a diploma in a health related field OR
  • have equivalent industry experience.

International applicants must have a pre-approval letter from Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ).

Selection criteria

Applicants are required to attend a meeting/interview with the Head of Department of Health and Sport (please apply to make an appointment to discuss further)

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Compulsory courses

Course details
HLTH.7001 Microbiology for Infection Risk Management
Basic principles of microbiology, Structure and characteristics of bacteria, Structure and characteristics of viruses and prions, Structure and characteristics of fungi and parasites, Laboratory identification of microbes, Laboratory processes, Antimicrobials, Pathogenicity and virulence, Immunity, innate and acquired.
Level: 7 Credits: 30
HLTH.7002 Epidemiology
Level: 7 Credits: 15
HLTH.7003 Fundamentals of Infection Risk Management
Level: 7 Credits: 15

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