COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Johns Hopkins University

The "COVID-19 Contact Tracing" course by Johns Hopkins University equips students with critical skills for effective contact tracing during the ongoing pandemic. This comprehensive program delves into the science of SARS-CoV-2, the significance of stopping transmission, and the ethical considerations surrounding contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.

Throughout the course, students will gain insights into the natural history of SARS-CoV-2, the process of contact tracing, identifying high-risk situations, and the use of technological tools for tracing and tracking. The curriculum also emphasizes the importance of building rapport with cases, effective communication strategies, and addressing complexities in the contact tracing process.

  • Understand the natural history of SARS-CoV-2 and its transmission
  • Learn the basics of contact tracing for COVID-19 prevention
  • Acquire skills for investigating cases and tracing their contacts
  • Explore the ethics of contact tracing and the use of technological tools
  • Develop effective communication strategies for contact tracing

Upon completion, students will be equipped to contribute to public health efforts by effectively identifying and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 through contact tracing, while also navigating the ethical considerations and complexities inherent in public health interventions.

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Course Modules

This course comprises six modules covering the basics of COVID-19, contact tracing for COVID-19 prevention, steps to investigate cases and trace their contacts, the ethics of contact tracing, technological tools, and skills for effective communication in public health interventions.

Basics of COVID-19

This module provides a foundational understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including its natural history, risk factors for severe disease, diagnosing COVID-19, and the importance of stopping transmission. Students will also gain insight into the CDC guidance and tools for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine.

Basics of Contact Tracing for COVID-19

Students will delve into the basics of contact tracing for COVID-19 prevention, defining cases, contacts, isolation, and quarantine, calculating isolation and quarantine duration, and identifying high-risk situations. Additionally, they will explore the practical application of the COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Calculator.

Steps to Investigate Cases and Trace Their Contacts

This module focuses on the steps involved in investigating cases and tracing their contacts, emphasizing the essential procedures and checklists for conducting effective case and contact calls.

Ethics of Contact Tracing and Technological Tools

Exploring the ethical considerations of contact tracing and the use of technological tools, this module addresses privacy, confidentiality, and the rationale for using technology in contact tracing. Students will also examine examples of technology used for contact tracing.

Skills for Effective Communication

Students will acquire essential skills for effective communication in public health interventions, including building rapport, using active listening, and addressing complexities in communication. The module provides insights into embracing complexity and addressing process, people, and context complexities.

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