This course is intended to prepare both healthcare professionals as well as lay persons for roles in contact tracing for COVID-19. The public health system will be in need of contact tracers to assist in containing increasing cases of COVID-19. This course also provides an introduction into how socioeconomic factors affect the health of certain populations. Those interested in protecting their community and assisting with these efforts would benefit from this course.
General topics included are basics of COVID-19, basic principles of contact tracing, ethics involved with contact tracing, therapeutic communication, and health disparities related to the pandemic. Those who complete the course may be able to secure contact tracing positions within their local health departments or within private entities desiring to do their own in-house contact tracing. Local health departments may have additional training or pre-requisite educational requirements. Completion of this course does not guarantee employment.
COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Given the novel nature of this virus and the new research generated daily, information may become rapidly outdated. Users are encouraged to remain up-to-date with current knowledge. The authors and providers of this course do not warrant that the information provided is accurate in every respect or complete, and disclaim responsibility for your use and application of the information.
Topics of study
What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
How COVID-19 is transmitted
How COVID-19 is diagnosed
How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Impacts of COVID-19 on various populations
What is contact tracing?
Why contact tracing is important to families and communities
Ethics involved in contact tracing
Therapeutic communication and cultural awareness as part of contact tracing
How existing health disparities are accentuated by COVID-19
About Hawai’i Pacific University
Hawai‘i Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i. Students from around the world join Hawai‘i Pacific for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. The university's innovative undergraduate and graduate programs anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare its graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.
Hawai‘i Pacific will be consistently ranked among the United States’ top 10 Western, independent, comprehensive universities, leveraging its geographic position between the Western and Eastern hemispheres and its relationships around the Pacific Rim to deliver an educational experience that is distinct among American campuses.
The faculty, staff, students, and overall university community of Hawai‘i Pacific embrace the following values as representative of the spiritual, ethical, and philosophical principles that support their community, as well as of the aspirational ideals to which they collectively aspire.
PONO, meaning righteous, honest and moral, and an energy of necessity
KULEANA, meaning responsibility and rights, and concern for all interests, property, and people
ALOHA, meaning hello, goodbye, love, kindness and grace, unity, humility, patience, and waiting for the right moment