University of Houston Launches Public Online Contact Tracing Course

To help reduce community spread of COVID-19, the University of Houston College of Medicine has launched an online contact tracing certificate program for anyone around the world interested in becoming a “disease detective.”

“Population Health During a Pandemic: Contact Tracing and Beyond” is available to the public for free on Coursera until July 31, after which there will be a fee to receive a certificate upon completion. The 22-hour course aims to prepare a new type of public health worker uniquely educated about COVID-19 and broadly trained to identify and alert individuals who have potentially been exposed.

Since May 11th, UH has offered a separate free contact tracing certificate program for students, faculty and staff. So far, more than 2,200 members of the UH community have registered and over 1,000 have completed the Epi Corps (Epidemiology Corps) program, designed in collaboration with the Houston Health Department and Harris County Public Health.

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