Target Audience

This activity was specifically designed for:

  • Regulatory authorities considering policy regarding diagnostics

  • Journalists chronicling an outbreak or pandemic

  • Financial supporters of diagnostic initiatives

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, participants should be to:

  • Explain the role of diagnostic tests and their importance to our health

  • Describe how diagnostic testing aids disease surveillance at the community and global level

  • Recognize the determinants of diagnostic quality in regard to individual tests and how they are applied


Six short modules covering the principles and practical aspects of diagnostics allowing the learner to more effectively communicate and decipher their application:

  • What are diagnostics?

  • How are diagnostics used for infectious diseases?

  • How do diagnostics detect infection? - Part 1

  • How do diagnostics detect infection? - Part 2

  • How can we ensure a good diagnostic test result?

  • The right test for the right patient at the right time in the right setting


Numerous subject matter experts and public health educators contributed to the content, including:

  • Professor Rosanna Peeling, Professor/Chair of Diagnostics Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the International Diagnostic Centre

  • Dr. David Heymann, Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Dr. Adele S. Benzaken, Medical Director for the Global Programme at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation

  • Dr. Sam Sia, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, New York

  • Imelda Mahaka, Country Director at Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust

  • Dr. Noah Fongwen, Clinical Research Fellow and a Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH) Candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Dr. Debi Boeras, Founder & CEO of The Global Health Impact Group