Posted: March 10, 2014

APTR Public Health Learning Modules, Module 9-Healthcare-Associated Infections Across the Spectrum of Care


This module provides an overview of healthcare-associated infections, highlighting definitions, epidemiology, risks, and preventive interventions. It is divided into four parts (Background and Definition of Healthcare-Associated Infections; Epidemiology of Hospital Associated Infections; Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long Term Care Facilities; Risks of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Ambulatory Care Settings) and includes videos, slides, quiz questions, learning activities, and a resource list. This is one of a series of APTR Public Health Learning Modules that can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand?alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional learners. The overarching goal of the learning modules is to become familiar with Healthy People 2020 and the ways in which to use policy and program interventions to advance its goals and objectives. The modules can be tailored to audiences by selecting exercises and learner assessments that are appropriate for the learners.

The modules have been prepared and recorded by faculty and public health practitioners from various disciplines and backgrounds, including public health, medicine, law, sociology, and nursing. By approaching health topics from different perspectives, learners are provided a well-rounded view of practice in public health and possible career trajectories. The modules are not intended to be an exhaustive review of topics, but rather a first look at selected approaches used by researchers and practitioners to improve population health. The Public Health Learning Modules are a project of Temple University Department of Public Health and the APTR, made possible with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Public Health, Population Health, Infectious Disease, Public Health Sciences, Community Health, Health Professions Education, Healthcare Quality Improvement


Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work

Jessica Boyer, MSW, MPH, Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work