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Foundations of COVID-19 Pandemic Response

The goal of Foundations of Pandemic Response is to prepare staff of local health departments to support
communicable disease intervention and outbreak response activities, including case investigation,
contact tracing, vaccine outreach, health education, and resource coordination for people impacted by

Foundations of Pandemic Response is intended as an introductory course; it introduces the background,
theory, and foundational knowledge of pandemic response work, from which higher-level skills and
competencies will be developed if learners enroll in any of the VTA+ core or advanced topic trainings.

Complete the training at your own pace

Foundations of Pandemic Response is an asynchronous, on demand training. This means that you’ll be able to complete the training at any time that is convenient for you. There is no live-meeting component of this training.

6 hours of self-study

The course includes consists of six online self-study modules that each require about one hour to complete (six hours total). You can complete the modules at your own pace.

  • Basics of COVID-19 Epidemiology, Transmission, and Prevention
  • Social Determinants of Health and Public Health
  • Introduction to Cultural Humility
  • Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice
  • Introduction to Health Coaching
  • Maintaining Personal Wellness and Mental Health

Record of completion

All participants who successfully complete the training will receive a Record of Completion. This will become available after the registration questionnaire and all modules are marked complete.


Register on CPPR Learn to complete the self-study at any time. 

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Training Course Information

Audience/Who Should Register:  Foundations of Pandemic Response is appropriate for the community health workers, epidemiologists, surveillance staff, health educators, clinicians, behavioral health staff, and volunteers who frequently make up the broad array of team members that support frontline Disease Intervention Specialists and other pandemic response work.

Prior training and work experience in public health is not required.

Length of Training: This training includes approximately 6 hours of self-study. There is no live meeting.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Summarize the essential public health measures for preventing transmission and serious illness from COVID-19.
  • Recognize how the social determinants of health have impacted the health and well-being of individuals and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Recognize how cultural humility can be used to build collaborative relationships during pandemic response interviews.
  • Describe five tools of health coaching that can be used to build on individuals’ knowledge, motivation, and ability to follow public health recommendations
    for COVID-19.
  • Recognize the impact of trauma and trauma-reactions during pandemic response interviews.
  • Practice self-care techniques to maintain personal wellness and mental health while doing pandemic response work.

Cancellation and Refund Policies:  There is no registration requirement or cancellation. Classes are free of charge and no refund will be provided.

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