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UH CONTACT TRACER PROGRAM

Help your community fight the COVID-19 pandemic by learning a new skill that is in high demand.

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 has launched two contact tracing training programs:

Training for the General Public

The University of Houston Epi Corps program trains the general public to conduct high-quality contact tracing, and provides an overview of COVID-19 related topics, through a 22-hour, online course on Coursera.

Until December 31, the public training course can be taken at no cost (free), with receipt of a certificate upon completion.


Training for UH Students, Faculty or Staff Only

The University of Houston Epi Corps program trains UH students, faculty or staff to conduct high-quality contact tracing through a free, 12-hour, online program.

Registration for this course is closed.

If you are a UH faculty, student, or staff, you can register for the General Public Course through the link provided above.
Students currently enrolled in the internal course should complete all modules by August 7.
All certificates must be printed by August 7.

WHAT DOES A CONTACT TRACER DO?

  • In contact tracing, public health staff work with an individual 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 were not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and that it is possible for them to spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention >>

Covid-19

About the Programs

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 and populations

Training for the General Public

Course Name: Population Health During A Pandemic: Contact Tracing and Beyond


Course Organizers:
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

Fee:
No Fee (free) with certificate upon completion - Until December 31

Delivery:
On-line Modules

Schedule:
22 hours, self-paced


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

Training for the UH Students, Faculty or Staff Only

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 or staff

Fee:
No Fee (free)

Delivery:
On-line Modules

Schedule:
12 hours, self-paced


Trainees will receive a certificate upon completion of the program.

Registration for this course is closed.

If you are a UH faculty, student, or staff, you can register for the General Public Course through the link provided above.
Students currently enrolled in the internal course should complete all modules by August 7.
All certificates must be printed by August 7.

FAQs

Training for UH Students, Faculty or Staff
Registration to this course is closed. If you are a UH student, faculty or staff you can register today and take the General Public Course.

Training for the General Public
Once you’ve signed up, you will be able to start the course immediately on Coursera.

Training for UH Students, Faculty or Staff
Free

Training for the General Public
No Fee (free) with certificate upon completion - Until December 31

Training for UH Students, Faculty or Staff
Credit hours are dependent upon each student’s area of study. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding credit hours.

Training for the General Public
If you are a college student, you should consult with your academic advisor regarding credit hours.

Contact tracers are in high demand by state and local health departments. Once you complete the course, reach out to health departments if you are interested in putting your training to work.
Please note: UH is not hiring contact tracers.

Yes. While the courses are both online modules that provide an overview of contact tracing, the training for the general public also includes topics specific to COVID-19’s impact on special populations such as children, pregnant women and vulnerable communities and available community resources for each group.