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Short Course in the Rational use of Antibiotics - Contact Tuition

Interests: Antibiotics


The World Health Organisation stated that infectious diseases are responsible for 17 million deaths globally each year. The development of antibiotics therefore is a major contributor to the saving of lives and to improving the quality of life. Used appropriately, antibiotics are life saving. On the other hand, antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics increases the cost of healthcare, causes many drug induced side effects and contributes to the emergence of bacterial resistance. In the face of growing global antibiotic resistance rates the rational use of antibiotics depends on understanding the mechanism of action and many more pharmacological concepts.

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Who Should Enrol

All healthcare professionals and pharmacists.

Course Structure

Distance education through a comprehensive self-study guide developed by experts in the field supported by a 2-day interactive contact session.

Module Outcomes

  • Introduction to the rational use of antibiotics.
  • Classification of antibiotics.
  • Mechanism of action.
  • Principles of antimicrobial chemotherapy.
  • Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.
  • Adverse reactions.
  • Prophylactic use of antibiotics.
  • Specific uses of antibiotics


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop as well as successfully complete the assessment process.


R 3 895.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and Taxes where applicable)

Course dates and venue to be confirmed. For more information please see contact details below.

Contact Details

Dr. Margot Uys

Tel: 012 816 9000
Fax: 086 502 5688
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za