Course Overview
Biological agents pose a significant challenge to public health across the world. The emergence of pathogens which have developed resistance to antibiotics and their potential use in bioterrorism has prompted governments to manage the threats posed by these agents by adopting stringent bio risk management practices. This course has been designed and developed to introduce you to diverse biological agents, their classification into risk groups and the practices and procedures recommended by global organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Biological risk management commences with risk assessment, followed by risk mitigation and finally performance assessment. This course will discuss each of these aspects of bio risk management over a duration of five weeks. Participants will engage in a global collaborative online environment to lean and develop competencies for managing bio risks.
Learning Outcomes
After completion of this course you are expected to be able to:
  • Describe biological agents and assign them to their risk groups.
  • Perform a risk assessment.
  • Develop a strategy for mitigation of the risk posed by biological agents by the application of pertinent controls.
  • Design and develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for a specific process.
  • Assess the performance of the controls by conducting a review of the process.
Associate Professor Dr. Kenneth Francis Rodrigues