Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 Virus


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 healthcare workers and public health professionals, as it is focused on infection prevention and control.


This course will cover the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures required in order to:

  • Be prepared and ready to respond to an outbreak, in particular, the one due to COVID-19.
  • Limit human to human transmission by way of implementing WHO recommended IPC interventions.
  • Identify, isolate and report suspect and confirmed cases.

There are resources attached to each module to help you dive further into this topic.


Free online courses from World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency’s governing structure and principles, states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”.  It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with six semi-autonomous regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

Created in 1948 as part of the United Nations, the WHO has a broad mandate to guide and coordinate international health policy. Its primary activities include developing partnerships with other global health initiatives, conducting research, setting norms, providing technical support, and monitoring health trends around the world. Over the decades, the WHO’s remit has expanded from its original focus on women’s and children’s health, nutrition, sanitation, and fighting malaria and tuberculosis.

Today, the WHO monitors and coordinates activities concerning many health-related issues, including genetically modified foods, climate change, tobacco and drug use, and road safety. The WHO is also an arbiter of norms and best practices. Since 1977, the organization has maintained a list of essential medicines it encourages hospitals to stock. The WHO has since made a similar list of diagnostic tests, and it has plans to add devices, such as X-ray and ultrasound machines.

Learning objectives:

On completion of this course, you 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.

Course duration: 

Approximately 1 hour.


A Confirmation of Participation is available to participants who complete 100% of the course material.

Course contents

Module 1: Preparedness, readiness and IPC:

This module provides an overview of Infection Prevention and Control measures for preparedness and readiness.

Module 2: The COVID-19 virus:

Module 2 provides an introduction to the COVID-19 virus.

Module 3: IPC in the context of COVID-19 Standard precautions, transmission-based precautions & COVID-19 specific recommendations:

This module reviews various precautions which should be taken to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 Virus available in Arabic and English:

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