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Course Overview

e-Bug is operated by Public Health England (PHE) as a free educational resource for teaching young people aged 4-18 about the spread, prevention, and treatment of infections and antibiotic use.

This course was developed by PHE and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) for teachers/educators, and others who work with children or young people. Use this course to learn more about important health topics and increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in using e-Bug resources, which tie into efforts to reduce the spread of infections and antibiotic resistance in the UK.

·         Week 1

Microbes, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene

Welcome to the course

Welcome to Week 1 of the e-Bug Health Educator Training course.

Meet the Bugs

Microbiology underpins several of the topics covered within this activity. This activity will cover some concepts that can be applied to several infection prevention and hygiene topics that we will cover throughout the course.

Spreading Bugs

Good hand and respiratory hygiene is covered in this activity. Washing hands at key moments and catching coughs and sneezes using a tissue can help prevent harmful microbes from being passed on and reduce the spread of infection.

End of Week 1

Self-assessment and summary of week 1, Action Plan, and preview of week 2 content.

·         Week 2

Food hygiene and oral hygiene

Welcome to week 2

o    Food Bugs

Good food hygiene and safety practices are an important means to reduce the spread of harmful microbes. This activity will cover some of the background behind interventions to reduce the spread of infection through food.

Mouth Bugs

The aim of this activity is to provide an overview of oral hygiene, and ways in which you can use practical activities to communicate healthy oral hygiene practices to children and young people.

End of week 2

Self-assessment and summary of week 2, Action Plan, and preview of week 3 content.

·         Week 3

Antibiotics and self-care

o    Welcome to week 3

Bug Busters

Taking good care of yourself and others when ill can reduce the spread of harmful microbes and AMR. We will cover some background behind the immune system, what antibiotics are, and how we all play a part in preventing AMR.

Know your bugs

This final activity covers antibiotic use, self-care and vaccinations and how to obtain health information from trustworthy sources. Feel empowered to make decisions based on quality evidence that is readily available.

End of week 3

Summary of week 3 and Action Plan.

End of course

Self-assessment and summary of all weeks and Action Plans. Thank you for taking the course.


Primary and secondary school educators, as well as those who lead community groups targeting children and young people. This course is designed for child educators in different settings around the UK, but may be appropriate for other countries and settings. Parents who are home educating might find this course useful if they would like to learn how to teach children about the prevention and spread of infection and caring for themselves and others when ill.

The course might also be of interest to healthcare professionals who work with children, for example, school nurses. Local authority or government officials involved in the management of infections and improving antibiotic use within communities, might also find this course useful.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Explain to children and young people that microbes live everywhere, come in different shapes and sizes, and there are useful and harmful microbes.
  • Demonstrate to children and young people how infection can spread through our hands, coughs and sneezes and why it is important to use soap and the six steps of hand-washing.
  • Demonstrate and explain to children and young people how microbes can spread through food or unclean kitchen surfaces.
  • Explore the influence that sugary food and drinks have on oral health with children and young people, and demonstrate the benefits of effective tooth-brushing.
  • Explain the importance of antibiotics to children and young people, demonstrate what antibiotic resistance is and how we can prevent it.
  • RCPath CPD Approved