Free online course on risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) during COVID-19

    | May 2, 2022

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    The World Health Organization (WHO) is offering a free, online, self-guided course on infodemic management to help people learn about key risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) principles and understand how they can be used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The course is estimated to require a total of two hours to complete. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of achievement.

    The course is comprised of three modules and covers the following topics: 

    • The definition of risk communication and community engagement (RCCE)
    • Key challenges for RCCE during public health emergencies
    • Tactics for managing uncertainty during public health emergencies
    • Mechanisms to use for “listening” and engaging stakeholders and communities
    • Risk perception as it relates to health emergencies
    • The cognitive and emotional/contextual characteristics of health threats
    • Characteristics of health threats can be used in messaging to influence risk perceptions
    • The limits of risk perception and fear appeals to sustain behavior change over extended periods
    • Sustaining new behaviors during COVID-19. 

    The course is available on an ongoing basis, in English only.

    To learn more about the course, and to enroll, go to: https://openwho.org/courses/RCCE-COVID-19