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Contact Tracing and Case Investigation

Course number : 6130001   
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The Contact Tracing and Case Investigation course will be taught with two options that students will choose from:
Option A: The first option is aimed at students who will simultaneously volunteer as a contact tracer in conjunction with Santa Clara County’s volunteer contact tracing program. This course serves as a wrap-around model where volunteers are trained and volunteer throughout the quarter as a contact tracer/case investigator. Volunteer requirements include two 8-hour shifts (somewhere between 8:00am and 7:00pm) through Santa Clara County. The most common days of the week volunteers are needed include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Volunteers are urged to share scheduling needs with their Team Leads after training has finished. Please note: We understand that 8-hour shifts seem like a lot! Luckily there is a lot of down time working as a volunteer so students may find they have time in between to study and get other things done within the 8-hour shift. Students must understand that they are committed to both the course and as a volunteer contact tracer/case investigator remotely from home (NOT be required to be in-person at all). Please note: Training is about 1.5 weeks through Santa Clara County. If a student must miss part of a training, recordings of the training sessions may be available.
Option B: The second option does NOT include a synchronous training nor a volunteer component. Option B is aimed at students who are interested in learning more about contact tracing and case investigation but who many not have the ability to volunteer at this time. Students in option B will complete an online self-paced training program during Module 1 instead of the full training program through Santa Clara County. The training provided is comprehensive in both contact tracing and case investigation. Again, students in this option will NOT be volunteering as a contact tracer at this time but will be able to learn from their fellow classmates who are serving as volunteers in addition to receiving all of the Module instruction from Foothill that students in Option A have.
Module 1 will begin September 21st and all Modules must be completed by December 11th.

Module 1 (Weeks 1-3): The first module aims to support to students with the contact tracing and investigation training whether they choose Option A or B. Additional support will be available via Canvas including message boards and the option for live-chat. Students and instructor will be responsible for presenting training learnings and workshopping issues that arise. 

Module 2 (Weeks 4-6): All students (regardless of choosing Option A or Option B) will begin the content portion of the class learning additional skills based on the following topics: Culture humility and cultural competency, health disparities, social determinants of health, and concerns over deportation/immigration

Module 3 (Weeks 7-9):  Module 3 is aimed at learning additional skills based on the following topics: Communication skills, how to handle emerging COVID-19 trends, interviewing skills, and de-escalation especially in tough cases

Module 4 (Weeks 10-12):  Students will learn additional skills based on the following topics: Contact tracing opportunities outside of COVID-19 (HIV, TB, etc.); Lessons learned and how to share/apply in current or future positions including debriefing with fellow student volunteers; Paid employment in Contact Tracing including job searches and interviewing

For more information, please email the instructor, Rebecca Ryan, at

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Rebecca Ryan 

Start Date:upon registration



Please read:  Class Start Date: September 21



Registration Closes On
Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
Los Altos Hills, Online only  Map Rebecca Ryan