Introduction

This course is one of the core modules of the Postgraduate Certificate/MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health programme, but is is also offered here as a standalone short course for those of you who are not able to commit to completing the full PG Cert/MSc programme.

This short course will explore and explain the physiological basis of common problems encountered in paediatric practice.

There are considerable differences in susceptibility to infections at various ages. Understanding the host/organism interactions will not only aid management, but also highlight targets for prevention. This short course will cover a scientific basis of infectious disease throughout childhood and management strategies to improve outcomes. Specific subjects will be: meningococcal infection, HIV in childhood, tuberculosis, RSV bronchiolitis and other respiratory infections. Infection in the immune compromised host will be discussed.

Course Aims

  • Have gained a deeper understanding of the relationship between host defence and infectious diseases in children, and will recognise which components of the immune system control infection with different pathogens.
  • Understand how organisms evade host defences to establish latent or persistent infections, and how organisms enhance their virulence through toxin production and other mechasims.
  • Be able to articulate a rational approach to the prevention and management of infections in neonates and children of all ages, including acute bacterial infections, chronic mycobacterial infections, toxin producing organisms, viruses including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and the herpes viruses, and travel related infections.

Delivery mode

Lectures

Assessment mode

Essays

Prerequisites

Equivalent professional qualification, Undergraduate degree