Course Details: Immune System

Immune System

Health Science

Course availability

12 months

Course Information

This suite of 4 learning modules develops your understanding of the immune system and of infectious disease control. The course starts by exploring pathogens. It then moves through to immune system defences, vaccination and immunisation and to ways of controlling and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
This introductory course is suitable for all students who are interested in commencing careers in health sciences and anyone who seeks a fundamental understanding of how the human immune system works.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, learners will have an understanding of:
  • What pathogens are and how they reproduce
  • The ways in which the human body defends against pathogens
  • What vaccination and immunisation does
  • Ways to control infectious diseases and prevent their spread

Course Overview

The course includes the following:
  • Pathogens – bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • Immune system defences – first line, second line and third line
  • How infectious diseases spread
  • Infection control and breaking the break of infection
  • Immunity
  • Types of vaccines
  • Immunisation programmes in New Zealand

Course Features

  • Interactive learning
  • Formative learning
  • A certificate of completion

Estimated Duration

4-5 hours depending on previous experience over a 12 month duration. You gain 4 CPD hours (Continuing Professional Development) upon successful completion of the course.

Target Audience

This online interactive course is specifically designed for students who are considering health science careers. It is also suitable for anyone interested in developing their understanding of immune systems.


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