Biosafety and Biosecurity in Public Health Laboratories

The main aim of this program is to review the basic and major concepts of Biosafety. This program will introduce residents to basics of public health which is essential to get residents acquainted with the major challenges and issues that may endanger the general safety of public health. The program will also discuss the different aspects of biosafety and biosecurity that include distinguishing laboratories with different risk levels as identified by the WHO, identifying biorisks associated with medical laboratories, coming up with preventive measures, and understanding the different protective measures that should be implemented in every laboratory. These measures include administrative, engineering, and personal protection procedures. This program will also introduce residents to the different laboratory incidents and emergency situations and the appropriate procedures that should be taken to contain, reduce, and deal with such incidents.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the common challenges that face public health
  2. Distinguish between laboratories with different biorisk levels
  3. Identify the different health risks associated with any laboratory
  4. Apply different preventive measures after identifying the risks.
  5. Implement the necessary protective procedures in cases of incidents and emergencies

Field Work

Residents spend eight weeks in the field work in order to be exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:

  1. Identify potential risks in medical laboratories and know how to respond to emergency situations
  2. Apply research findings to raise awareness to biomedical biosafety in laboratorie

Targeted Group

The programs are useful for public health professionals working for ministries of health, non- governmental organizations, and scientists/personnel working in medical research laboratories. Since this programs focus on management courses, this programs could help professionals seeking leadership positions in the biomedical industries.

Duration: 3 Months
Courses: 4


Residents who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded Technical diploma issued by International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

Courses In This Program