According to the Medscape Coronavirus Resource Center, at least 44 states and the District of Columbia have begun expanding their contact tracing workforce. To help meet the need for training for contact tracers, we are offering this course, based on CDC and public health guidelines.This contact tracer training will provide you with a skill which is in demand in the job market. While taking this training does not guarantee that you will become employed as a contact tracer, the information and skills you learn in the course will provide you with skills necessary to be considered for employment.
Preliminary information indicates that more than 100,000 contact tracers are needed immediately. Contact tracers can earn up to $28 per hour!
Course Length (in hours): 16
This Contact Tracing Training course is a one-month online course to train people to get a job as a contact tracer. Registrations are accepted until the end of the first week of class.
To introduce students to the field of Contact Tracing, provide background information on virus transmission, teach the ethical issues surrounding Contact Tracing, teach communication skills necessary for effective contact tracing, and provide avenues for seeking employment as contact tracers.
- Unit 1 - Introduction to Contact Tracing
- Unit 2 - Basics of Covid-19
- Unit 3 - Ethics & Effective Communication Skills for Contact Tracers
- Unit 4 - Investigating and Tracing Contacts
How the Online Course Works:
After you register, you will be given a web address to access your online classroom. You will have a password; use your email address and password to gain access. Once inside the online classroom, you will:
- Access the online readings, listen to audio presentations and take self-quizzes to see how much you have learned
- Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
- Participate when you want; the online classroom is open 24/7. No live or real time requirements/engagements.
- Make at least one comment every week in the discussion.
- Take every Unit self-quiz
- Finish all requirements by the last day of the course.
Jeff Kritzer has a degree in Health Education from the University of Oregon. He has successfully developed other courses including "Advanced Data Analysis", "Infographics", "Introduction to Coding" and "Advanced Google Analytics". He has a PhD in Education and is currently a Professor in Teacher Education at a leading Midwestern university.
Q. What will individuals be able to do after completing the training?
A. Successful completion will make the individual eligible for employment in a high-demand area. Preliminary reports suggest that 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents are needed to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Q. Will this training be useful after the pandemic is under control?
A. Yes. Contract tracers are always in demand. There is a need for this work whenever there are outbreaks of illness such as measles, smallpox, flu and other illnesses spread by person-to-person contact. The need is particularly high now due to COVID.
Q. How was the curriculum and training developed?
A. The curriculum is aligned to specific training guidelines per the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC guidelines are carefully monitored and adjustments are made to training as necessary when there are changes or updates in the CDC guidelines.
This course is offered monthly beginning on the first Monday of the month. If this class doesn't meet your scheduling needs, contact us to be put on the list for a month that does work for you.