Contact Tracing Certificate Program



Jun 15 - Jul 2 (Closed)

Jul 6 - Jul 24 (Closed)

Jul  27 - Aug 14 (Closed)

Aug 17 - Sep 4 (Closed)


What is contact tracing?

COVID-19 contact tracers track down people who may have had contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 in order to alert them and quarantine individuals who may be contagious. Contact tracing is one of the most important strategies, in conjunction with testing, for containing the virus.
Contact Tracing

Program Benefits

  • Learn the basics of virus transmission, incubation and infection, and public health strategies to combat COVID-19
  • Develop strong communication skills, including effective interviewing techniques and cross-cultural competency


Program Requirements

Program participants only need a smart phone, tablet, or laptop with reliable WiFi in order to access class sessions, readings and materials, and submit assignments. We welcome all applicants with a HS diploma or equivalent. 



Chicago State University faculty from the College of Health Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Learning Objectives

To conduct successful contact tracing in a dense urban environment, based on sound epidemiological principles and specific IDPH and CDC clinical guidelines.


Program Description

The program focuses on the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2, with attention to channels and speed of transmission, incubation and infectious periods, infection rates, and symptoms.Students will learn why contact tracing is an essential public health intervention in stopping chains of transmission, in association with widespread community testing. Students will learn how to conduct effective contact tracing: investigation, tracing, cross-cultural communication, ethics, and accurate data collection. Students will also gain valuable employment-readiness skills, including effective interviewing.



  • Understanding SARS-CoV02
  • Basics of contact tracing: stopping the chain of transmission
  • Ethics of contact tracing and patient confidentiality
  • Effective communication
  • Cross-cultural competency


Program Tuition — FREE


Weekly Class Format

  • 1.5 hours of real-time E-learning class meetings with the professor every Thursday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • 6.5 hours of self-guided learning, including recorded lectures, videos and articles
  • 5 module quizzes and one comprehensive test