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Contact Tracer Training

Aligned with CDC training guidelines, this introductory online course will focus on building the knowledge about the science of COVID-19, infectious period, the clinical presentation, and the evidence for how it is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing is an effective public health intervention. Students will learn how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations, including HIPAA, cultural sensitivity and diversity surrounding contact tracing.

Course Overview

This program is fully online. Students will complete one module a week for four weeks. Students are responsible for participating in this course through the following academic activities:

  • Completing assigned readings from supplemental material, videos, PPT and any other type of course material responding to module questions by posting to the discussion board
  • Participating in the threaded discussions with classmates and instructor
  • Submitting assignment for each learning module on the due date
  • Modules will be unavailable after the due date posted in the course calendar.
  • Late work will not be accepted after the due date and a zero will be placed in the grade book.
  • No points will be given for discussion postings submitted after the due date.
  • No points will be given for tests submitted after the due date.

Job Outlook

Preliminary information indicates that more than 100,000 contact tracers are needed immediately. Contact tracers can earn up to $28 per hour.

Passing Requirements

This is a noncredit program, students will receive a pass or fail grade and must achieve a 70% or higher on all assignments, quizzes and exams to receive Award of Completion. Students online course room attendance is required and it is highly suggested that you maintain a minimum online course presence of 5 days a week, with no more than 2 consecutive days without being present in the course room environment. As a contact tracer you will be communicating with individuals remotely and therefore, communication in this course is essential.

Requirements

Students must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma, or equivalent, and have a general proficiency and access in technology.

Upcoming Start Dates

  • Sept 28 to Oct 25
    BHLTH - 0700 - NET07
    Online, $279*
  • Oct 5 to Nov 1
    BHLTH - 0700 - NET08
    Online, $279*

* This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check with workNet DuPage for eligibility requirements.

Register today on myAccess or by calling (630) 942-2208. Additional sessions will be added on a rolling basis per demand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Tracers are an important part of Illinois' response to contain the spread of COVID-19. The primary goal of contact tracing is to interrupt the ongoing transmission of a disease and reduce the spread of infection. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 are told to self-quarantine, and if they test positive, can be linked to care. Contact tracing also helps us learn more and track the disease and its transmission in certain populations. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 must be notified and monitored to limit and contain outbreaks. This helps protect individual and community health.

COVID-19 contact tracers work from the comfort and safety of their home.

The program has been designed to allow students to navigate an online curriculum with all students completing in no more than a month. Expect to spend a little over 5-7 hours a week on average if looking to complete within four weeks.

This program is fully online. Students will complete one module a week for four weeks.

This is a noncredit program, students will receive a pass or fail grade and must achieve a 70% or higher on all assignments, quizzes and exams to receive Award of Completion. Students online course room attendance is required and it is highly suggested that you maintain a minimum online course presence of 5 days a week, with no more than 2 consecutive days without being present in the course room environment. As a contact tracer you will be communicating with individuals remotely and therefore, communication in this course is essential.

Students will need access to a computer or smartphone with an Internet connection. Access to a printer is preferred (but not required). While the course is available via smartphone, it is advisable that students use a computer for a better learning experience. Access to a personal mobile device is also required. A headset is preferred.

While we cannot guarantee a job, it is important to note the high demand for contact tracers. Preliminary reports suggest that 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents are needed to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. DuPage County, Illinois is the 2nd largest county in Illinois with an estimated population of 930,662 according to the most recent census data in 2018. COD's curriculum is aligned to specific training guidelines per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is a benefit to students who complete training through our program. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have started a recruitment effort through partnership with the state, local public health authorities, healthcare entities and community-based organizations. Students can complete and submit this form if interested (note that submission does not promise a job or a job interview).

  • This training program has been approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check with workNet DuPage for eligibility requirements.
  • Through the generous support of the COD Foundation, eligible students may qualify for a scholarship. Scholarships are limited.

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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Email: CE@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 will be online (some exceptions apply).