Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease


This module will show how genomics can be used to provide more accurate diagnosis, predict which drugs are likely to be more effective, and monitor treatment and control of infectious disease in both individuals and populations.

Course Description

The aim of this application of genomics in infectious diseases module is to provide the student with a critical understanding of how microbial genomes (viral, bacterial and eukaryotic) can be used to provide more accurate diagnosis, predict which drugs are likely to be most effective, to monitor treatment and to control infectious disease in individuals and populations.

These aims specifically reflect the following:

  • The increasing availability and use of microbial genome for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Key factors for treating microbial infections is the identification of the infective agents, the carriage of specific virulence factors and potential resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs.
  • The possession of the genome sequences of an epidemic strains provides tools for determining the source of an infection and the ability to control it.
  • Genomics is having a major impact on the development of novel diagnostic tools (e.g. point of need, rapid).

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover:

  • Infection as a cause of national and global morbidity and mortality
  • Transmission of human infections: person to person, food and waterborne, sexually transmitted, vector-borne
  • Prokaryote, eukaryote and viral microbes: their genomes, replication and population genetics
  • Genomic characterisation of viruses: DNA and RNA genomes, single-stranded, double stranded, segmented
  • Genomic comparisons of microbes in the context of outbreaks and transmissions in hospitals and the community
  • Anti-infective drug action
  • Genome plasticity – mutation, horizontal and vertical gene flow and genetic drift – in the context of vaccinology and drug resistance
  • Genomic evidence of individual susceptibility to specific infections
  • Role of genomics in infectious disease diagnosis, prognosis, drug selection, resistance, monitoring, epidemic control, drug research.

Additional information

Type of Course

CPPD Module

Course Options

CPPD (15 credits)

Mode of Study





Part Time

University Providers

Imperial College London, Queen Marys University of London / University College London, St Georges, University of London, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester


Start Date 1Start Date 2
University of BirminghamNovember 2018February 2019
Newcastle University
University of ManchesterApril 2019
University of Sheffield
Imperial College LondonMarch 2019
Queen Marys University of London / University College LondonApril 2019
St George’s, University of London / King’s College LondonWinter 2018Winter 2019
University of CambridgeJanuary 2019January 2020
University of Southampton
University of ExeterApril 2018April 2019

Please check the university providers websites for more detailed information about start dates, length and mode of study.

Funding Rules

Funding is limited to NHS healthcare professionals working in England from the full range of professional backgrounds and groups (such as medicine, nursing, healthcare scientists and technologists).  For those interested in CPPD modules, university entry requirements may include criteria around existing understanding and minimum English language requirements.

The Genomics Education Programme are limiting funding to a maximum of 3 stand alone modules in any one academic year. If your intention is to build up credits for a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or to gradually work towards a full Master’s, please apply for funding from the Masters in Genomic Medicine.

Not all universities offer the same CPPD modules. Please check with your preferred university to obtain details of the programme modules, entry criteria and timing before going through the funding application process.

The funding application process in full

To apply for HEE-funded CPPD modules in Genomic Medicine you will need to first apply to the Genomics Education Programme for funding to cover the module fees and you will also need to go through the CPPD module application process with your chosen university.

CPPD module applications will need to be made directly to the individual university concerned, according to their own criteria and processes.

The process for applying comprises 6 steps. Please complete all of steps 1 to 4 to ensure your application is dealt with as quickly as possible.

  1. First, check that you are eligible for HEE Master’s funding according to the funding rules outlined above.
  2. You should then decide which of the universities you will be applying to. A full list university providers are identified below. Click on their logos for more information.
  3. You should discuss your proposed application, as well as your application for HEE funding with your line manager.
  4. Having secured your manager’s approval to undertake the Master’s module(s), you should complete the appropriate university application process in addition to the HEE funding application.
  5. HEE Genomics Education Programme will assess completed funding applications within two weeks of receipt of your managers approval. Funding decisions will be made by the Genomics Education Programme team and ratified by the Senior Responsible Officer.
  6. If funding is approved, HEE Genomics Education Programme will inform:
    1. The applicant
    2. The employer
    3. The relevant training lead within the applicant’s HEE Local Education and Training Board
    4. The applicant’s NHS England Genomic Medicine Centre (where applicable).

Frequently Asked Questions

The NHS trust that employs me is not part of a designated Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC). Can I still apply for funding?


I have been awarded funding, started the programme but I am unable to complete the programme. What are my options?

Funding is awarded for the period specified in the application form and there is no automatic ability to defer completion of the programme. You should speak to your preferred University provider in the first instance about your situation and also contact the Genomics Education Programme team regarding funding.

You may choose to reduce the workload of your programme by switching from a full MSc to a Diploma or Certificate. See the relevant pages of this website for more information or contact your course provider.

How much study time is required to undertake this programme?

Study time will vary across the delivery partners. You are advised to visit your preferred University website site for more information or to contact the relevant course lead. Most modules generally involve approximately 5 days of face to face teaching, followed by between 2-4 weeks of independent study and assessment preparation.

A distance learning option is provided at Queen Mary University of London.

Can I build up my CPPD modules to a full Master’s, PGDip or PGCert qualification?

The process and ability to do this will be dependent on your preferred University and you should contact them to discuss available options.

I am eligible but have been refused a commissioned place – why?

This may be due to the following potential reasons:

  • The University you have applied for has used up all its commissioned allocations
  • The total number of available national commissions have been fully allocated
  • We are now applying controls to the commissioned places based on healthcare profession roles to provide some equitable access across professions on a national scale
I am not eligible for a HEE funded commissioned place – can I self-fund?

This should be discussed with your preferred University

Do you have to have the university place confirmed before you submit an application for funding?

No – as long as the programme start date for your preferred University falls within the specified academic year for the funding application period.

I work for an organisation that provides services to the NHS – am I eligible to apply?

Yes – please provide details in the additional information section of the funding application form.

University Providers


The logos below indicate the university providers that are able to accept HEE funded applications for this course. Follow the links provided to begin your university application process.

Imperial College LondonQueen Marys University of London / University College LondonSt Georges, University of LondonUniversity of BirminghamUniversity of CambridgeUniversity of Manchester