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Juntendo University
Graduate School of Medicine
Center of Excellence for
Infection Control Science
Keiichi Hiramatsu, M.D., Ph.D.
TEL 81-(0)3-5802-1040
FAX 81-(0)3-5684-7830



DICS is a course to produce specialists in infection cotnrol science. The four year education is comprehensive from basic science to practical training. The admission is not limited to medical doctors, but also nurses, pharmacists, clinical laboratory technicians, and even architects who learns safe hospital designing. The course is flexible depending on the students' back ground.

Admission requirements:
A person who has completed master's degree, or a person who has been recognized as having abilities equivalent to a master degree holders. Medical doctor certificate is not required.

A person who has completed a graduate school in basic science, or a person who has been recognized as having abilities equivalent to above may abbreviate the course. The qualification for abbreviation is decided by individual counseling between the lecturer and student. Completing the course in three years is possible.

Curriculum Outline:
Doctor of Infection Control Science (DICS) course is related to Diploma in Hospital Infection Control (DipHIC) in UK. DICS course consists of four components.

Component 1
All students are required to study basic science and publish paper (s). The research field can be chosen from; bacteriology, parasitology, biochemistry, immunology, and pathology. Students take average of two years to complete the experiment and the paper is appeared on a journal in their third year of the course.

Component 2
To acquire the standard knowledge for ICS, the department provide mini courses for the following field; bacteriology, immunology, biochemistry, study of infectious diseases, chemotherapy, epidemiology, statistics, research method, management method, computer science and presentation, and English education by British Council.

Component 3
This component is the practical education for DICS. This course includes 5 topics.

1 Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
- Mechanism of the antibiotic resistance
- Monitoring of the antibiotic resistance
- Guidelines for the antibiotic resistance and its inspection
- Antibiotic resistance update

2 surveillance and epidemiology
- Surveillance standard
- Typing method
- Field serveillance
- Molecular typing

3 Sterilization
- Medical equipment
- Skin and mucous membrane

4 Hospital hygines
- Ventilation
- Environment sampling and evaluation
- Environment cleaning
- Infectious insects and animals and their exteermination
- laundry
- General wastes and infectious wastes

5 Others
- Clinical trials, Investigation and Observation
- Hospital management, cost for ICS
- Infections at ICU
- Vaccination and co-medical infections

Component 4
Students work as a member of Infection Control Team at Juntendo University Hospital and learn the practical training. Students attend the infection control consultation to learn the diagnosis, treatment planning, and chose of antibiotics. Students are expected to submit several reflective portfolios.

Studying the technique of identification and colony isolation of infectious strains at hospital clinical laboratory is also including in this component.

Those who decide to continue basic science research are not required to go on the practical training component. Those students may design their own hospital training course for the short period.

Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine Center of Excellence for Infection Control Science:(COE)program

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