New Programme

Professional Diploma in Infectious Diseases

Duration: 9 Months

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

3,600

Infectious diseases (ID) are some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally, with two-thirds of the deaths of children under five years of age being caused by infectious diseases. The prevention and treatment of infections is a priority for global health. Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS continue to contribute significantly to the global burden of disease and in addition to the SARS -COV2 pandemic, the focus on the prevention and management of ID is at its greatest. In addition, hospital-based infections and antibiotic resistance are ongoing, urgent challenges which every health worker should be prepared for.

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Programme Details


This Royal College of Physicians of Ireland nine-month Postgraduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases, delivered in conjunction with iheed, is a new online learning programme designed specifically to cater for busy healthcare professionals.

Designed by world-leading experts in the area of Infectious Disease, this programme aims to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple disciplines that must align to deliver effective control of human pathogens in the hospital and community settings. The programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of infection including monitoring, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

About the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Established in 1654, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is a world-leading postgraduate medical training college dedicated to ensuring that doctors have the skills to provide patients with the best possible care.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Why Royal College of Physicians of Ireland?

  • Helping doctors reach their full potential since 1654
  • Largest postgraduate medical college in Ireland
  • Prestigious world-recognised brand
A world-class student experience

A world-class student experience

Developed by world-leading Infectious Disease specialists, this programme provides an unparalleled online education experience, blending self-directed learning with tutor-led team-based learning. Students will interact and engage in:

  • Weekly synchronous online tutorials throughout the course

  • Highly interactive content and tutor-moderated discussion forums

  • Reflective exercises to test your thinking and learning application

The programme management team provide superb mentorship and pastoral care to ensure high engagement and pass rates.

Who is this programme for?

Who is this programme for?

This programme aims to provide understanding of and practical experience in infectious-disease management for physicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, who are actively involved in the daily management of patients suffering from infectious diseases. The programme is also open to patient facing epidemiologists and clinical microbiologists

Programme Overview

This programme blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in: online group tutorials, tutor-moderated discussion forums, interactive case studies, reflective exercises. The programme is broken down into the following modules:

Programme Modules:

  • Introduction to Infectious Diseases

  • Bacteriology I

  • Bacteriology II

  • Virology

  • Mycology & Parasitology

  • Paediatrics I

  • Paediatrics II

  • Obstetrics

  • Sepsis –pathogenesis, guidelines​

  • Introduction to HIV

  • Central nervous system (CNS) infections 

  • Gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary (GI) infections 

  • Renal infections 

  • Skin & Soft Tissue

  • Bone

  • Respiratory infections  I

  • Respiratory infections  II

  • Respiratory infections  III

  • Sexual Health

  • Public Health

  • Global Health

  • Vaccines and prevention 

  • Travel Health

  • Antimicrobial stewardship 

  • Special populations I 

  • Special populations II

  • Tropical Infections

  • HIV Prevention & Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis 

Course Benefits

High-quality, cost-effective online education

Affordable tuition with flexible payment plans for a high-calibre programme by a world leading brand

World Leading Brand

Est. in 1654, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is one of the most prestigious postgraduate medical training bodies in the world.

World-leading faculty

Our tutor faculty comprise world-leading Infectious Disease specialists. They are practicing clinicians working at the coalface of Infectious Disease Management

Easy-to-use online student portal

The student learning environment is accessible anytime, anywhere on any device designed with the busy clinician in mind.

A world-class online learning experience

The programme is a truly transformative user experience. The content is rich, compelling, engaging and innovative. It includes interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused pedagogy.

Enhance your CV, boost your career

An RCPI Diploma can help early-stage physicians secure coveted consultancy training positions. The qualification can also aid established physicians become physicians with a special interest or expanded role.

Your Questions Answered

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