Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Training Modules

Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Training Modules
Updated Sept. 3, 2020

The trainings listed below are for public health professionals or the general public who are interested in becoming a contact tracer or case investigator, as well as for public health professionals who already serve in these roles and are seeking to improve their knowledge.

This site may be updated as new resources become available.

Overall Training Goal: After completing the trainings listed below, individuals will be better equipped to serve in local and state health departments as contact tracers and case investigators.

CDC-Funded Training for the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce

Learn about CDC-funded trainings for the COVID-19 contact tracing workforce.

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CDC-Funded Training

Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

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  • Target Audience: General public
  • Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Description: Introductory online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers, for use by health agencies in rapid training of new contact tracers. The training will be augmented by state/local specific training required to orient individuals to jurisdiction-specific protocols. This training focuses on building knowledge for remote contact tracing; a subsequent release will include a module on field services.

National COVID-19 Virtual Skills-Based Training for Case Investigation & Contact Tracing

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  • Target Audience: All participants must complete either the ASTHO or Johns Hopkins online knowledge-based course prior to being approved for this course.
  • Source: National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NNDITC)
  • Description: In the Case Investigation (CI) Virtual Skills-Based Training, participants will learn how to conduct a case investigation interview including determining the contact elicitation window, eliciting close contact information, providing recommendations and guidelines for isolation, and addressing common concerns persons with COVID-19 may experience during isolation. Foundational and enhanced interviewing skills will be reinforced and applied throughout the CI practice sessions. In the Contact Tracing (CT) Virtual Skills-Based Training, participants will learn how to conduct a contact tracing interview including notifying contacts of exposure, determining the quarantine period, providing information and recommendations for quarantine, and addressing common concerns exposed persons may experience during this time. Foundational and enhanced interviewing skills will be reinforced and applied throughout the CT practice sessions.

Other COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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  • Target Audience: General public
  • Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Description: 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.

Every Contact Counts: Contact Tracing for Public Health Professionals

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  • Target Audience: Public health professionals seeking to improve their knowledge
  • Source: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
  • Description: Contact tracing is an evidence-based way to slow the spread of infectious disease. It is the process of interviewing individuals who have been infected with a disease, identifying close contacts that they may have unknowingly exposed, and providing those contacts with the information needed to monitor their own health and prevent the continued spread of the illness. Learning effective contact tracing practices can help prevent further spread of COVID-19. This 90-minute online course developed by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice in partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation will rapidly train public health workers in the subject of contact tracing. Within this module, you will learn more about what contact tracing is, why it is an effective tool to slow the spread of COVID-19, and how to practice contact tracing successfully.