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The Role of Diagnostics in the Antimicrobial Resistance Response

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn


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Discover a more accurate, more targeted way to tackle AMR

There’s a major lack of awareness about how diagnostics can help us to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

This course was developed to help medical professionals like you tackle AMR. You’ll explore the varieties of resistant bacteria, such as healthcare-associated infections, clinical syndromes and zoonotic infections, and learn what to do about them.

By the end of your study, you’ll possess a broader awareness of AMR and what causes it. You’ll have a detailed understanding of how diagnostics can be used in prevention, and the targeted use of antibiotics in treatment.

The course content is available in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

This course is intended for health professionals, such as clinicians, nurses, nurse-practitioners, pharmacists, lab managers, technicians, faculty and students. It would also appeal to anyone with an interest in the field of antimicrobial resistance.


  • Introduction to the role of diagnostics in the response to AMR
    • Introduction to Week 1
    • Antimicrobial Resistance, Antibiotics and Role of Diagnostics
    • Summary
  • Clinical syndromes
    • Welcome
    • Respiratory infections
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Sepsis
    • Summary
  • Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)
    • Introduction
    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    • Carbapenemase producing organisms (CPO)
    • Clostridioides difficile (C diff)
    • Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)
    • Summary
  • Enteric infections and the One Health Approach
    • Introduction
    • Enteric infections
    • Salmonella spp.
    • Shigella spp.
    • Escherichia coli
    • Summary
  • Drug resistant infections: TB and NG
    • Introduction
    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB)
    • TB and the Role of Diagnostics
    • TB Summary
    • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
    • Detecting and Managing NG
    • Looking to the Future
    • Summary
  • The Future is in our Hands
    • Welcome
    • A Global Response to AMR - Surveillance System and New Initiatives
    • Regional and National AMR Responses – The Role of Diagnostics
    • Diagnostic Innovations
    • The Future is in Our Hands
    • Summary

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Rosanna Peeling


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