Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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CEU

CPH

Cost

Free

Time to Start

3-5 minutes

Length

4.00 hours

Overview

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The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts -- along with strategies to overcome them.

(Coronavius - COVID-19)

What You'll Learn

  • Describe the natural history of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the presentation of COVID-19, and evidence for how it is transmitted.

  • Define an infectious contact and timeline for public health intervention through contact tracing.

  • Demonstrate the utility of case investigation and contact tracing, identify common barriers, and possible strategies to overcome them.

  • Present some ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation and quarantine.

Competency Terms

Foundational
Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Communicable Disease Control
Communications
Emergency Preparedness and Response (all hazards)
Communication Skills
Written & Oral Communication

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Epidemiologist
Health Educator
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health/Preventative Medicine Physician
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Registered Nurse - Unspecified
Social Services Counselor
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
Conduct community assessments
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Provide education to the public
Respond to emergencies
Link clients to needed personal health services and ensure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
Meet with clients for purposes other than delivering direct health services

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