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World Health Organization COVID-19 Online Course

The World Health Organization (WHO) online course “Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” is now available on OpenWHO. You can access the course through the following link:


The course will take approximately 1 hour to finish.

This course provides information on what facilities should be doing to be prepared to respond to a case of an emerging respiratory virus such as the novel coronavirus; how to identify a case once it occurs; and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure there is no further transmission to HCW or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility.

This training is intended for health-care workers and public health professionals, as it is focused on infection prevention and control.

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

  • define IPC and its role in the context of preparedness, readiness and response;
  • describe the current epidemiological COVID-19 situation, including case definitions and signs & symptoms;
  • describe source control, administrative controls and environmental and engineering controls;
  • describe the WHO-recommended IPC measures for health care facilities, including when dealing with suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases;
  • describe additional IPC measures to be taken to assist in general preparedness within a health care facility.

There are 3 modules, as follows:

  • Module 1: Preparedness, readiness and IPC
  • Module 2: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19): its epidemiology, risk factors, definitions and symptomology
  • Module 3: Standard precautions, transmission-based precautions & COVID-19 specific recommendations