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UH Epi Corps Contact Tracer Certificate Program

Help your community and learn a new skill that’s in high demand. Join the fight against COVID-19.

Contact tracers — known as “disease detectives” — are a powerful workforce that can help reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. To combat COVID-19 in Texas, we need thousands of contact tracers. The University of Houston Epi Corps program will train UH students, faculty and staff to conduct high-quality contact tracing through a free, 12-hour, online program.

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WHAT DOES A CONTACT TRACER DO?

  • In contact tracing, public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.
  • Public health staff (contact tracers) then warn these individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible.
  • Contact tracers provide contacts with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention >>

Covid-19

About the Certificate Program

Students will learn:

Basics of a pandemic

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Actions and requirements associated with each step of the contact tracing process

How to apply contact tracing protocols to a range of health scenarios

Trainees will receive a certificate upon completion of the program.

Course Name: Epi Corps COVID-19 Case Identification and Contact Tracing Certification


Instructors:
Bettina M. Beech, Dr.PH., M.P.H.
Associate Provost of Planning and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine
Professor, Health Systems and Population Health Science


LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H.
Founding Director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute
Clinical Professor, College of Medicine
Professor, Health Systems and Population Health Science

Eligible Participants:
Only UH students, faculty and staff

Fee:
No Fee (free)

Delivery:
On-line Modules

Schedule:
12 hours, self-paced

For more information about the Contact Tracer Program email contrace@uh.edu.

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FAQs

Each Friday, new registrants are added to the Epi Corps program. After you are added, you will receive an introductory email with information on how to begin the course in Blackboard. Epi Corps is an online, self-paced course. Although we encourage you to complete the course within a week, there are no time limitations imposed.

Although we would like for you to complete the course within a week, there are no time limitations imposed as long as the course is active on Blackboard.

Free

Credit hours are dependent upon each student’s area of study. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding credit hours.

UH has created the course in collaboration with the Houston and Harris County health departments. Contact tracers are expected to be in demand by both health departments. It is possible that other opportunities for contact tracing may become available in the Houston area, in the weeks and months ahead.
Please note: UH is not hiring contact tracers.