The main aim of this course, which is intended for beginners, is to review the basic and major concepts of Biosafety. The course will introduce participants to basics of public health which is essential to get participants acquainted with the major challenges and issues that may endanger the general safety of public health. The course 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 course will also introduce participants to the different laboratory incidents and emergency situations and the appropriate procedures that should be taken to contain, reduce, and deal with such incidents.
The overall objective of this program is to ensure that the participants understand the risks associated with medical laboratories, the ways to prevent such risks from escalating, and to build necessary skills to implement the procedures required to deal with different emergencies and health risks imposed by such laboratories
By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Understand the common challenges that face public health
- Distinguish between laboratories with different biorisk levels
- Identify the different health risks associated with any laboratory
- Apply different preventive measures after identifying the risks.
- Implement the necessary protective procedures in cases of incidents and emergencies
Participants will spend seven weeks in the field 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:
- Identify potential risks in medical laboratories and know how to respond to emergency situations
- Apply research findings to raise awareness to biomedical biosafety in laboratories.
The program is useful for public health professionals working for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and scientists/personnel working in medical research laboratories. This program will also be valuable for those looking for a career in public health and medical laboratories.
Training Delivery Method
- In-class method
- Blended learning method
Participant who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate (PGDC).