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Biorisk management in Medical Laboratories

Program Overview

The main aim of this course, which is intended for intermediates, is to cover the essential details of developing and maintaining the safety settings in medical laboratories. The main focus will be on the containment and protection of workers mainly in the high risk group laboratories dealing with hazardous biological materials (i.e. pathogens). Pathogens can be defined as any infectious agents ranging from viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and prions. The course is designed to help the participants identify and understand the biology of laboratory acquired infections by going in depth into the basics of microbiology and infection transmissions and accordingly the design of laboratories containing these different types of samples. This course will also help participants to develop rules, regulations, and practices that will maintain containment which is required to prevent potentially hazardous biological materials from escaping and spreading into the environment. The course will also focus on the safe shipping and handling of various biological materials.

The overall objective of this program is to ensure that the participants understand the risks associated with laboratory acquired infections, containment strategies that entail buildings design and operation, biosafety cabinet design and the development of protocols for safe operations accordingly. This course will also introduce the participants to the different safety challenges in transporting biological materials and how to tackle them.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the challenges associated with laboratory acquired infections
  1. Explain the concepts of containment and develop methods for maintenance
  2. Choose the appropriate biosafety cabinets with matching features to the respective laboratories
  3. Develop building design complementing safety standards in agreement with WHO.
  4. Develop safe practices and protocols such as SOPs and MSDS that will aid in implementation.
  5. Identify the challenges associated with the shipment of biological samples and methods to tackle them.

Program Courses

Participants in this program complete the following five short courses:

  1. Laboratory Acquired Infections
  2. Risk Mitigation: Engineering Controls
  3. Risk Mitigation: Safe Practices
  4. Shipping the Biological Materials
  5. Applied Research in Labratory and Biosafety

Field Work

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:

  1. Identify potential risks associated with handling biological samples such as bacteria and viruses in medical laboratories and know proper containment practices
  2. Develop and implement safety documents and procedures that entail handling samples, equipment, and laboratory space
  3. Iimplement the regulations that entail transport of biological samples.

Targeted Group

The program is useful for public health professionals working for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and scientists/personnel working in medical research laboratories. Each cohort will include 20-24 participants which will be provided with training and mentor/supervisor support.

Eligibility criteria

  1. A Bachelor degree or a diploma in any science or health care related field
  2. Completion of the beginner level course or an equivalent course
  3. Preferable experience in medical laboratories

Training Delivery method

  1. In-class method
  2. Blended learning method
  • Number of Coursers: 5
  • Duration: 3 Months


Participant who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate (PGDC).

Courses in this Program


Laboratory Acquired Infections

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Risk Mitigation: Engineering Controls

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Risk Mitigation: Safe Practices

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Shipping Regulated Biological Material

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Applied Research in Labratory and Biosafety

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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