Northwest Center for Public Health Practice Offers Free Online Contact Tracing Certification Course

The course can complement existing disease surveillance systems, programs, and training offered by organizations or public health courses to help monitor the public’s health. It also provides an interactive learning experience through interview skill-building videos, quizzes, and an exercise to practice key decision-making during a contact interview.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define contact tracing.
  • Describe the important role contact tracers have in protecting the public.
  • Identify criteria that determine whether someone is a potential contact.
  • Identify the key components of a successful contact tracing interview.
  • Apply principles of successful contact tracing interviews to a mock interview scenario.
  • Conduct contact tracing interviews with professionalism and sensitivity.



Duration of Course

1.5 hours of combined learning formats

Intended Audience

Public health students, recent graduates, and professionals who are new to contact tracing; individuals with a basic understanding of public health


Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Washington School of Public Health


This course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.


This course consists of text, quizzes, videos, and activities.


This training is being delivered in a 508-compliant interface. During development of this training, we attempted to make the content accessible to individuals using screen readers. If you encounter trouble accessing the instructional materials by screen reader, or need any other accommodations in order to access the instructional materials, please contact NWCPHP, and we will do our best to make sure the content is accessible to you.

Enrolling in Course

When visiting the PH LearnLink for the first time, Create a New Account following the instructions outlined on the login page. Once your account is created, you’ll gain access to the Online Course content.

By Kim Ecenbarger
Kim Ecenbarger SPH Senior Associate Director Kim Ecenbarger