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I Took the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course. Now What?

BLOOMBERG SCHOOL | July 13, 2020

For the thousands of people who completed and passed the assessment in the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Contact Tracing course on Coursera, the next step might be finding opportunities to put these new skills to use in the pandemic.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about contact tracing jobs and opportunities to help point you in the right direction. 


Q: Where can I apply for a job as a contact tracer?

Different cities, counties, states, and countries have different plans and processes for hiring contact tracers. Please consult your public health department to learn of job opportunities. For example:

The CDC offers a list of state and territorial public health offices, and the National Association of County Health Officials hosts a directory of local health departments.

Please do not contact Johns Hopkins about contact tracing job opportunities.

Q: If my area does not have a contact tracing program, are there other ways I can contribute to important COVID-19 work?

Yes! Local organizations play a vital role in supporting the COVID-19 response. Consider volunteering with them in activities such as food distributions, creating cloth masks and face masks, and providing social and learning support for seniors and people with disabilities. For example, there are several volunteer opportunities in the state of Maryland.

Q: Who should I contact about starting a contact tracing program in my area?

Please consult your public health department. Contact tracing should only be performed as part of a coordinated initiative led by the appropriate public health agencies.

Q: Is it possible for me to get a remote job as a contact tracer in another city or state if there is no program in my area?

Different cities, counties, states, and countries have different requirements for hiring contact tracers. Please consult the appropriate public health departments to learn whether being a resident of the city or state is a requirement.

For more about the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course, see these FAQs on Coursera.