Burnett, Emma

PhD, Dr

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Emma teaches infection prevention and microbiology to undergraduate students and is a module leader in the SPQ and MSC Advanced Practice (Infection: Disease, Prevention and Control) programme. She supervise MSc dissertation students and support medical and nursing students whilst undertaking the infection prevention cleanliness champion programme. She is also a personal tutor to undergraduate and post qualifying students.


Emma is a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention. She completed my nurse training in Dundee in 1991 and worked in a range of clinical areas before specialising in infection prevention in 1996. During this time, she had responsibilities for acute and primary care in Angus, Dundee and Perth. She completed my BN and SPQ in infection prevention in 2000 and MSc in 2007. Emma moved to the University in 2008 and completed her PGCert in 2010. She is currently undertaking a PhD exploring risk perceptions and responses of the public, healthcare and media professionals in relation to Clostridium difficile (supervisors: Professor Nora Kearney, Dr Bridget Johnston & Dr Jo Corlett).  Emma's research interests include infection prevention behaviour, patient experiences, patient safety, the media, social media and service and professional development. She is also a member of the Infection Prevention Society Research and Development Committee.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • RT Nursing
  • Infection prevention
  • Healthcare associated infections
  • Patient experience
  • Infection Prevention behaviour
  • Risk perceptions
  • Professional development


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