Professional Training

Basic Knowledge of Microbiology and Infection Prevention in Hospitals for Non-Medical Staff

Series: Hygiene in hospitals for planners, architects, project managers, operators, (supply and building) engineers, public agency staff and decision-makers


Over the last years, avoiding hospital-acquired infections (nosocomial infections) became one of the central tasks for hospitals and other healthcare institutions. In order to reduce hospital-acquired infections, proper organizational and personnel prerequisites are needed alongside appropriate structures and technical facilities. For this reason, the tasks involved in planning, construction and supervision of hospitals and medical facilities benefit from staff trained in understanding and properly evaluating the underlying microbiological processes and context.


This training provides knowledge of the microbiological principles of hospital hygiene with the objectives of (1) promoting awareness of specific risks regarding hospital-acquired infections, (2)  identifying associated tasks for hospital hygiene, and (3) facilitating communication between all parties involved in construction projects, especially with operators of medical facilities, hospital hygienists and medical staff.


The covered questions include, among others:

  • Which guidelines, laws and regulations regarding hospital hygiene apply in Germany?
  • Which types of pathogens are there? Which transmission paths and sources of pathogens?
  • Which risks arise in operating hospitals and other medical facilities (under specific constructional, technical and organizational conditions)?
  • What are the risks associated with (multi-)resistant pathogens (MRSA, MRGN, VRE)?
  • What is the role of tropical diseases in Europe?

The training addresses professionals with backgrounds in planning, construction, authorization and supervision of hospitals and other medical facilities.

  1. introduction
    1. awareness, understanding and prevention
    2. history
    3. concepts and definitions
    4. legal principles in Germany
    5. organization of hygiene in Germany
  2. general part: infectious diseases
    1. pathogens
    2. transmission paths
    3. sources of pathogens
  3. specific part: nosocomial infections
    1. infection types
    2. pathogens causing hospital-acquired infections
    3. epidemiology and prevention
  4. microbiological diagnosis
  5. prospect

Duration: 3.5 days


  • not yet scheduled (German language)
  • not yet scheduled (English language)

Location: Hilpoltstein near Nuremberg in Germany

Participation fee (with confirmation of participation in a course): 2475.20 € (incl. 19 % VAT)

Costs for exam and certificate: 178.50 € (incl. 19 % VAT)