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MOOC: Introduction to Disease Outbreak Investigation

The world is facing a new era of emerging infectious diseases (e.g., SARS-CoV-2) that can threaten human health due to their complexity and devastating impact on society and the socio-economic development of each country. This pandemic has highlighted the importance of training human resources in health, detecting, monitoring, and treating positive cases of COVID-19, and transmitting to the population the importance of compliance with mitigation and containment measures recommended at the local, regional, and global levels.

In this sense, this course targets professionals involved in public health, primary care, and students from related disciplines to provide basic knowledge of the disease outbreak investigation process, using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example. This way, participants will have a theoretical basis for contribution in outbreak management in their context.
The course contents are developed through a case-based problem, organized in four chapters called "weeks" and a final assignment. And of course, you will familiarize yourself with the basic steps for outbreak investigation, starting from outbreak identification and confirmation to control measures and risk communication with the population.

Learning objectives:

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Define the concepts and characteristics of disease outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic.
  • Recognize the main difference to consider a possible, probable or confirmed case in an outbreak.
  • Identify the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of the main epidemiological study designs to investigate an outbreak
  • Recognize the objectives of containment and mitigation measures in outbreak response
  • Identify key elements for effective risk communication for outbreak response


4 weeks (~ 40 hours)


Asynchronous online course

Target group:

Professionals involved in public health, primary care, and students from related disciplines.


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To register for the module, please fill in the registration form.


Pilot phase

More information:

For more information, please contact solis.teresa@usfx.bo
This course is part of the One Health Knowledge Cafe project within the CIHLMU One Health Network Funds projects. Further information about this project can be found here.