27 Jan 2020

As this is an emerging situation, training courses specific to 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) are unavailable as yet. However, for general principles on researching and managing emerging infectious disease epidemics, the following training is available online for free (you may need to sign up for an account on the relevant website).


Training specific to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV): 

Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV: methods for detection, prevention, response and control

Developed by the World Health Organization, this 2-module course (~2 hours) cover the fundamental principles of emerging respiratory viruses, in particular nCoV, and how to respond to an outbreak effectively.


General principles on researching and managing emerging infectious disease epidemics:

Pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases (World Health Organization)

This introductory level online course aims to equip frontline responders with the latest know-how to manage outbreaks of known and emerging epidemic-prone diseases in the 21st century.



Public health interventions in pandemics and epidemics (World Health Organization)

The 21st century has witnessed changes - travel and trade, urbanization, environmental degradation and other trends that increase the risk of disease outbreaks, their spread and amplification into epidemics and pandemics. This introductory level online course will guide you through the new landscape by providing information and tools you need to better manage disease outbreaks and health emergencies.



Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care (The Global Health Training Centre)

This 7-module course offers comprehensive training exploring the wide range of ethical issues faced by health professionals and policymakers working in the context of epidemics/pandemics and disaster situations, focusing primarily on the key areas of research, surveillance and patient care.



Communicating during global health emergencies (Rollins School of Public Health and CDC: Division of Global Health Protection)

This course introduces basic concepts and principles of communicating during a global crisis or emergency.  It explores why communication during an emergency is different and the importance of adapting emergency messages to the needs of affected populations. This course is free to audit, without access to assessments.



Crisis & emergency risk communication webinars (CDC: Emergency preparedness and response)

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) training can help responders and public health professionals prepare to communicate in an emergency. CERC trainings are based on lessons learned during public health emergencies, evidence-based practices from the fields of risk and crisis communication, and psychology.