Course Overview

The course is one of the initiatives of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz, Brazil) which, in the face of the health emergency scenario, seeks to contribute to the strengthening of the health system in order to face this and other health challenges. 

The course is introductory in nature: it provides training for professionals working in health services for the clinical management of the disease. Besides being essential in the response to the pandemic, these professionals have been exposed in terms of work overload and risk of infection.

The course content is based on World Health Organization guidelines plus recommendations from the literature and health experts. The modules comprise brief texts, coupled with classes and videos that address relevant aspects for preventing and coping with the disease. In addition, the course includes a set of reliable sources with frequent updates on COVID-19.

Target Audience

The first module is introductory to serve both health professionals and the general population. The second module is aimed at health professionals, focusing on the work of primary health care units.

Structure and Duration

The course has a duration of 15 hours and is organized in two modules that can be taken individually.


The course includes two online multiple-choice assessments at the end of each module, in which the certificate of completion is issued upon obtaining 80% of correct answers.

Course Contents

Module 1

Basic concepts of COVID-19

Module 2

Management of COVID-19 Infection


Ana Cristina da Matta Furniel - Campus Virtual Fiocruz

Ana Paula Bernardo Mendonça - Campus Virtual Fiocruz

Renata Bernardes David - Fisioterapeuta intensivista, pesquisadora Inova/Fiocruz

Vinícius Araújo de Oliveira - Fiocruz Brasília, Médico Sanitarista


Made by the Fiocruz Virtual Campus, linked to the Vice-Presidency of Education, Information and Communication of Fiocruz, Brazil. The initiative has the support of the Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectology (INI/Fiocruz), Fiocruz Brasília, the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (Icict/Fiocruz), the Collaborating Centre for Quality of Care and Patient Safety (Proqualis), the National School of Public Health (Ensp/Fiocruz) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Use and reproduction of these e-learning materials

The course material can be used for non-commercial purposes as long as the source/authorship is mentioned, as established in Fiocruz's Open Access to Knowledge Policy.

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