​General Directorate of Infection Prevention and Control

What are the Learning Outcomes?

They will be able to:

  • Discuss professional leadership theories and define leadership in today’s challenging Infection Control environment
  • Recognize the attributes of an effective clinical leader in Infection Control
  • To identify the key tools to support individual leadership style in Infection Control
  • Discuss current international debates
  • Describe methods to highlight concerns on the clinical agenda and implement change effectively
  • Demonstrate the importance of networking and identify who can help
  • Display how to work effectively across boundaries, and develop new partnerships
  • Describe what support mechanisms are required as a clinical leader in Infection Control
  • Discuss what it is like to lead in a political arena
  • Demonstrate attainment of the skills, knowledge and abilities for an effective clinical leader, not only for today but tomorrow.

Objectives of the MOH/JCI Infection Control Diploma Program:

  • To develop future leaders with an understanding of leadership, including roles, responsibilities and accountability within Infection Control
  • To raise awareness of the challenges facing clinical leaders in Infection Control
  • To ensure understanding of the context and policy relevant to Infection Prevention and Control
  • To encourage networking
  • To provide clinical supervision
  • To facilitate on-going personal leadership development
  • To provide an overview of useful tools to support a clinical leader
  • To share and disseminate evidence-based practice
  • To develop an understanding of changes taking place globally


  • Association For Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Online Text 2013
  • Achieving and Sustaining Infection-Free Care Safety in Surgical Services (8 Modules) JCI and 3M
  • Any books, articles and exercises requested by the JCI Faculty

Course Topics:

  • The on-site classroom-training component covers the following topics:
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) in Special Populations
  • HAIs in Hospital Clinical and Support Services
  • Patient Care Practices for Preventing Device and Procedure Associated Infections
  • Barrier Precautions and Isolation
  • Employee Health and Infection Prevention
  • Role of the IP and IC Team
  • Healthcare Associated and Community Acquired Infections
  • Definition of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Characteristics of an Infection Prevention and Control Program
  • Infectious Disease Spectrum
  • Basic Epidemiology and Statistics for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Surveillance, Basic Data Management and Display
  • Outbreak Investigation Methods
  • Selected Patient Care Processes to Prevent Infections
  • Basic methods for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • Educational Methods for Adult Learners
  • Infection Issues for Specialty and Non Hospital Settings
  • Infection Prevention for Selected Hospital Services
  • Infection Prevention and Control during Construction and Renovation
  • Preparation for Infectious Disease Emergencies and Disasters
  • Intermediate Epidemiologic Investigation
  • Research Design – Scientific Literature
  • Program Management and Communications
  • Infection Control and Patient Safety
  • Quality Improvement Methods and Performance Measures

What is the format of the course?

  • Groups that form learning sets, this allows the group to work together, develop and explore concepts over the duration of the program. Didactic and clinical exercises/assignments with planned written examinations.
  • There are four modules with 2 weeks of didactic classroom work that make up the program. Clinical follows each module which re-enforces the course work. (The diploma is one calendar year, with Islamic holiday breaks.)
  • Syllabus and Course Description for On-site classroom Training Component for the Infection Prevention and Control Diploma Program: Developed by the Joint Commission International Faculty.h here.

Course Objectives:

  • At the completion of the Diploma, participants will be able to:
  • Infection Prevention and Control Program Structure and Management
  • Describe the optimal infrastructure of an infection prevention and control (IPC) program
  • Discuss the role of the infection preventionist (IP) and assess personal strengths, opportunities for improvement and improvement strategies
  • Perform a sample IPC risk assessment
  • Design a sample IPC plan for a facility including goals, objectives, strategies and evaluation processes
  • Identify the IPC structure most suited to his or her own facility
  • Discuss the concepts of microbiology and laboratory science that support infection prevention and control
  • Epidemiology, Statistics
  • Surveillance
  • Basic Elements of Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • Patient Care Practices
  • Examples of Tools Used During On-site Training Component
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Populations at Risk
  • Device-Related and Procedure-Related Infections
  • Support Services
  • Employee Health Infection Risks
  • Adult Education
  • Non-Acute Care Settings
  • Environmental Issues
  • Emergencies and Disasters
  • Research and Scientific Literature
  • Outbreak Investigation
  • Management and Communication
  • Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Professionalism/Attitudes/Team Building

Course Description:

The goal of the course is to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control that enables them to serve as specialists in their organization to reduce infection risks and improve performance to achieve high quality and safe patient care.

Ministry of Health (MOH)/Joint Commission International (JCI) Infection Control Diploma

Core Value:  Do no harm.


To subscribe to regional and international leadership in the fight against healthcare related infections and those diseases, which threaten mankind and seriously affect the concerns of health and economics of our populations. Our approach is collaborative as we bring to the region, new findings, fresh concepts and dynamic theories that will be the building blocks to further advance our cause. 

General Directorate of Infection Prevention and Control

​​​​الإدارة العامة لمكافحة عدوى المنشآت الصحية


Excellence and safety in healthcare delivery in the Gulf States and beyond, through cooperation and the establishment of long-lasting links between the developing programs in the region.