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Imperial College London

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: A Social Science Approach

Imperial College London and The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy via FutureLearn


Learn the key aspects of successful antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial resistance is a complex problem in today’s medicine that requires a unique approach. On this three-week course, you’ll build your knowledge of how a social science perspective can fight the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

You will gain insights into antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in different contexts and how to apply a social science research approach. You will also be introduced to different fields of study and social science theory.

Gain a societal view on antimicrobial and antibiotic prescribing

You’ll better understand the social factors behind antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and apply social science methods to manage AMR.

Learn how to apply social science research methods

Next, you’ll learn the techniques to help you apply social science research methods in AMR.

You’ll learn about priorities in AMR research, qualitative methodology, and the realist review to help you inform recommendations for developing and/or improving antimicrobial stewardship.

Delve into specific methods using case studies

You’ll explore examples of using different social science research methods across primary and secondary care, in different countries facing different challenges.

This practical knowledge will help you gain a solid introduction to ethnography, using sociograms to map communication and gain novel insights into the current delivery of AMS activities.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to identify potential research questions or quality improvement intervention ideas for your specific setting that can be investigated in future studies using social science methods.

This course is designed for health professionals, junior researchers, and doctoral students new to social science with an interest in antimicrobial stewardship.


  • A Societal View on Antimicrobial Prescribing
    • Welcome to Week 1
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Context of Social Science
    • Applying Social Sciences Methods to Tackle AMR
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship Models in Different Settings
    • End of Week 1
  • Applying Social Sciences Research Methods in human AMR
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Qualitative Methodology
    • The Realist Review
    • Ethnography
    • Quantitative Methodology
    • End of Week 2
  • Implementing Change Using Social Sciences
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • How can Implementation Science be Applied to AMS Interventions?
    • A Person-Based Approach
    • The Importance of Stakeholders
    • The Implications of COVID-19
    • End of Week 3
    • End of Course

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Monsey McLeod


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