Host Defence and Protection (CPD) Award

Inverness College UHI


Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


Successful prevention and control of infectious diseases requires knowledge and understanding of the host-pathogen interaction. This CPD Award Host Defence and Protection module will explain how the components of the immune system act in a coordinated fashion to protect the individual from infectious diseases.

Vaccines have been developed to augment the protection given to an individual by their immune system and also protect the population as a whole. Whilst the use of antimicrobial agents has revolutionised the treatment of infectious diseases, their inappropriate use has led to the emergence of resistant organisms. Anyone working in the infection control field can improve their knowledge of antimicrobial agents and vaccines, and their strengths and weaknesses, with this module.

Entry Requirements

2:1 Degree in a relevant healthcare subject and at least 3 years professional experience in a related field OR Evidence of study at SCQF level 10 in a healthcare subject and employment in related field.

Progression Routes

You may wish to supplement this CPD Award with further modules from the MSc Infection Prevention and Control Programme, to complete a Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

14 weeks


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