A woman in Pemba, Mozambique receives an explanation on how to take ACTs for malaria_Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when disease-causing pathogens are able to withstand the killing or suppressing power of antimicrobial medicines. This phenomenon increases the global burden of infectious diseases and strains health systems.

This course aims to improve the learner's awareness and understanding of the basic principles of AMR, the impact AMR has on individuals and society, and why it is a major public health concern.

A complementary course, Antimicrobial Resistance (Part 2), describes interventions that address the multiple factors contributing to AMR across the health system.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to do the following:

  • Understand what AMR is and how it emerges and spreads
  • Provide an overview of the major drivers of AMR
  • Explain how AMR affects diseases of major public health importance
  • Describe the impact of AMR on individuals, health systems, and society
  • Describe recent international efforts to contain AMR



The course authors acknowledge and extend the utmost appreciation to those who reviewed the current version of the course:

  • Martha Embrey, Management Sciences for Health, Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Group
  • Kim Grimmick, Management Sciences for Health, Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Group

We also wish to acknowledge those individuals who developed the original version of this course (published May 2010): 

  • Authors:
    • Nick Nelson (SPS/MSH)
    • Mandi Ramshaw (MSH)
    • Mohan P. Joshi (SPS/MSH)
  • Reviewers:
    • Anthony F. Boni (USAID)
    • Veerle Coignez (USAID)
    • Jim Shelton (USAID)
    • Tina Brock (MSH)
    • Martha Embrey (MSH)



  • 2 hours


  • Friday, September 16, 2016

Course Authors: 

  • Aubrey Clark, SIAPS/Management Sciences for Health
  • Mohan P. Joshi, SIAPS/Management Sciences for Health

Course Managers: 

  • Anthony F. Boni, USAID
  • Amy Lee, CCP

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