Maritime Medical and Public Health specialist Vikand Solutions has launched an online Infection Control Officer training course for the cruise and commercial shipping industries.

The course equips crew from differing environments with an opportunity to learn more about infectious disease epidemiology and its application within the maritime sector.

Taking approximately 30 hours to complete and consisting of nine modules with a final exam, the online course combines the theories and concepts of infectious disease epidemiology with core fundamental public health requirements and applies them to the real-world onboard environment.

The course is delivered through a customized online Learning Management System exclusively developed by Simwave Academy, so applicants can study at their own pace wherever and whenever they want. Marcel Kind, Simwave CEO, comments, “Our partnership with VIKAND in establishing the world’s first Maritime School of Medicine & Public Health, builds upon their experience and expertise in those areas. Together, with the launch of our Infection Control Officer training course, we’re helping to bring medical and public health training to shipping operators everywhere.”

Each of the main modules has a self-assessment quiz included to allow the student to test their knowledge as they navigate the training, while the final exam covers all the infection control topics discussed throughout the duration of the course.

“Although this training is aimed at those who preferably have a public health or medical background, it’s been written to accommodate those who do not. The importance of crew training in the application of onboard infection prevention and appropriate response measures should not be understated as even the best written policies will struggle to be effective if staff are not properly trained,” said David Best, Director of Public Health, Vikand Solutions.

The course has been certified by classification society RINA with successful trainees being awarded with a validated certificate upon passing the final examination.
A maritime public health or medical background is preferred, but experience in key supervisory roles within maritime operations, or an education in complementary subjects, is also acceptable.
For more information on the course contents please visit the website.

About Vikand Solutions

Vikand provides global public health and medical solutions to the international commercial maritime, cruise and offshore industries. We have a team of dedicated physicians, paramedics and nurses who can provide remote or onboard medical assistance 24/7.

Our services also include the provision and maintenance of onboard medical equipment and the management of a fleet’s medical facilities, including the initiation of crew wellness programs involving regular individual health checks and risk assessments as well as chronic condition support monitoring and mental health counselling. We also run online maritime training courses through Vikand’s maritime school of medical and public health.

Our experience extends to comprehensive knowledge of all regulatory, legislative and procedural requirements for client compliance and we are used to engaging and collaborating with regulators and local jurisdictions.

We also work with our clients to produce tailored public health procedures and protocols with ongoing staff training to maintain best in class hygiene and sanitation standards. This includes understanding and devising protocols to minimise infectious disease transmission such as COVID-19.

For more information on our services visit the Vikand website.