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Infectious Disease Primer for Primary Care — Online, Self-directed is a Course

Infectious Disease Primer for Primary Care — Online, Self-directed

Time limit: 180 days

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Infectious Disease Primer for Primary Care

This course contains 13 hours of online modules and does not have a live or in-person component. 


Infectious diseases remain a dynamic and fascinating field replete with new challenges facing outpatient primary care providers and hospital medicine practitioners alike. This course is designed to explore major infectious diseases topics of particular relevance to our target audience, which includes outpatient primary care physicians and mid-level providers, emergency department providers, and hospitalists in the US and globally.

The Infectious Disease Primer for Primary Care course by the Department of Medicine is designed to supply primary care providers with a thorough understanding of various infectious diseases commonly encountered in primary care settings. Through eight comprehensive online modules, healthcare professionals will develop the knowledge necessary to effectively address, manage, and prevent infectious diseases, while promoting optimal patient outcomes. The course will cover a range of topics, including HIV, latent tuberculosis, skin and soft tissue infections, community-acquired pneumonia, vaccine updates, antibiotic usage and stewardship, and sexually transmitted infections. 


This course is intended for emergency medicine physicians, family practitioners, internists, public health practitioners, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, as well as other health care workers or researchers interested in additional professional development.


After taking this course, the learner will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Name the agents recommended for inclusion in first-line anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to facilitate selection of initial treatment regimens for newly diagnosed patients, and acquire knowledge of usage of ARV decision support tools.
  • Acquire proficiency in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of latent TB infection.
  • Comprehend common bacterial skin infections, viral skin infections, fungal skin infections, and parasitic skin infections, including their clinical presentation, etiology, and common pathogens, to effectively diagnose and manage these infections in primary care settings.
  • Express comprehensive knowledge of antibiotic resistance, driving factors, and its global impact, to define the problem and appreciate its scope and relevance to primary care settings.
  • Acquire proficiency in recognizing the clinical presentation of STIs, including symptoms, physical findings, and the appropriate use of diagnostic tests, to facilitate accurate and timely diagnosis for appropriate management and treatment.


You will receive a confirmation email from Instructure. If you have not received it within 24 hours of registering, email the Office of Online Education to confirm that you are registered.

The Johns Hopkins University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any activity due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, the University will refund the registration fee but is not responsible for travel expenses. Additionally, we reserve the right to change the venue to a comparable venue.  Under such circumstances registrants will be notified as soon as possible.


After successfully completing this course, learners will receive a certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Division of Infectious Disease. While not conveying academic credit, it will document the learner’s competency in the knowledge and skills delivered in the program and successful completion of course requirements.


The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof.  Please notify us if you have any special needs.


  • HIV in primary care
    • Epidemiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Management
    • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Mycobacterial infections—what the PCP needs to know
    • Latent tuberculosis
    • Active tuberculosis
    • Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections
  • Common Skin and Soft Tissue infections
    • Diabetic foot ulcer
    • Cellulitis
    • Viral, fungal, parasitic skin infections
    • Bites
  • Lower respiratory tract infections—from COVID to community acquired pneumonia
  • Vaccine basics and updates for primary care clinicians
  • Antibotic stewardship and resistance
  • Sexually transmitted infections, including:
    • Syphilis
    • Gonorrhea
    • Chlamydia
  • Travel medicine basics: from Malaria to Zika