COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course

Free Online Contact Tracing Course

Take this online course free of charge and access all course materials, including readings, assessments, a video, and several practice scenarios. Register online to get started.

Fast and Flexible

Complete this course in 6 to 8 hours. Learn at your own pace in this fully self-guided course, which consists of five online bundles.

Industry-Aligned Curriculum

Study the most current information about COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Certificate of Completion

Receive a certificate upon successful completion of this course and show employers you have the knowledge required for contact tracing.

See Notes and Conditions section for important information.

Fulfilling a Community Need

According to the CDC, contact tracing is an effective tool in slowing the transmission of COVID-19 through the early identification, assessment, and isolation of individuals who may have been exposed to the disease. Contact tracers can be employed by public health agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. They call and gather information from those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and communicate appropriate guidelines to help those affected and limit the spread.

COVID-19 Course Highlights

In this course, you will learn:

  • How COVID-19 is contracted and transmitted
  • Strategies to reduce the spread of the disease
  • COVID-19 contact tracing protocols
  • Contact tracing legal requirements
  • Effective risk communication
  • Analytical skills for quality improvement and more

Course Requirements

This is a college-level course offered by the Purdue Global School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. A high school diploma or GED is required to take the course; by enrolling in the course, you are attesting to holding a HS diploma or equivalent.

You will complete four mini-quizzes throughout the course on which you must earn an 80% score; you have unlimited opportunities to pass the mini-quizzes. The course culminates in a final examination on which you must earn an 80% score; you have three opportunities to pass the final examination.

WHO- and CDC-Aligned Course

Our COVID-19 contact tracing course uses WHO content for the most current and widely accepted information about the disease. It also covers all seven CDC-recommended training objectives to communicate the accurate, ethical, and legal principles of this public health intervention.


This course is also available to government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses to support their specific needs for contact tracing training solutions.

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Student Success

I want to do something to help in the fight against COVID-19. After taking the Purdue Global contact tracing course, I learned more about the pandemic and the steps communities are taking to flatten the curve.


Sara Reid-Miller

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course, June 2020

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Free Online Course: The Purdue Global Contact Tracing course is not for college credit or professional continuing education credit, is not eligible for federal financial aid, and is for professional development purposes only. One no-cost enrollment per person.

Contact Tracing Employment: While this course requires a high school diploma, the job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world; some states may require additional postsecondary education. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

Testimonial: Testimonial was obtained by Purdue Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.