The programme has been developed in a sessional system. There are 16 sessions which form a complete programme over 4 days of face to face delivery.

The programme is to be delivered by classroom teaching mainly, with two sessions spend on field visits; the course comprises a total of 28 direct contact teaching hours (i.e.: four-day residential training course).

The programme uses interactive lectures, group seminar discussions, field visits and scenario based workshop sessions. These methods are participatory and appropriate for professionals who bring a wealth of experience to the programme. The participatory approach enables individuals to draw on their own experience and learn in an active way. It also enables a more equal relationship between participants and facilitators.

As a consequence of this approach, the course will need to be delivered by experts in the field of Legionnaires’ Disease, with proven mastery of each of the three domains (epidemiology, microbiology and environmental).

Session Structure and Features

Course activities are fully classroom based, and distributed over 4 days, in a mix of lectures / presentations and group exercises. There are no learning blends available with online learning. Originally a CD-ROM is supposed to be part of the course materials, to be shared with participants, however this material was not shared with our team. The Curriculum Document 2012 also mentions a DVD, probably including video footage of field investigations. That element was not provided with the materials.


Day 1:

  • Session 1: Introduction to the programme
  • Session 2: Clinical and epidemiological aspects of LD
  • Session 3: Ecology of Legionella and the ecological basis for control
  • Session 4: Water systems and Legionella control measures
  • Session 5: Risk assessment

Day 2

  • Session 6: Principles of outbreak investigation
  • Session 7: Major settings in relation to LD outbreaks
  • Session 8: Laboratory investigations: diagnostics and typing
  • Session 9: Risk assessment workshop

Day 3

  • Session 10: Site visits
  • Session 11: Feedback from site visits
  • Session 12: Communication and media
  • Session 13: Start of the Outbreak Investigation Workshop

Day 4

  • Sessions 13-15: Continuation of the Outbreak Investigation Workshop
  • Session 16: Consolidation and evaluation/action plans

Structure of course material files

All materials are archived here, with a digital folder structure, containing the full set of course materials:

  • Presentations
  • Handouts

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