You are here

COVID-19 Clinical Training Resources

The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs has compiled just-in-time clinical training resources in response to COVID-19 educational needs.

Most of the resources offered below are derived from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
All resources below have been reviewed and vetted by University of Minnesota content experts. If you have a question about a resource you have found that is not listed below, or would like ideas around how to use a specific resource in your course, contact

icon hands spreading helpCOVID-19 Specific
Educational Tools

  • UMN Health Sciences Websites
  • Courses
  • Ethics
  • GIS / Mapping
  • Grand Rounds
  • Infographics
  • Literature
  • Podcasts
  • Simulations
  • Telehealth
  • Videos and Webinars

virus iconInfectious Diseases

and Outbreaks

  • History of Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Outbreaks
  • Pathology
  • Risk Communication
  • Zoonoses
  • History of Infectious Diseases

    Milestones in Infectious Disease History UW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox: Milestones in Infectious Disease History (32:39)

    In this lecture, meet some of the people who developed the tools to identify microorganisms, the means to pinpoint the source of a disease, the vaccinations to prevent them, and the drugs to treat them.

    •  Six Decades of Infectious Disease ChallengesUW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox: Six Decades of Infectious Disease Challenges (30:58):

    Track the history of infectious diseases decade by decade: the easily cured childhood illnesses of the 50s, the diseases spread by risky behaviors in the 60s, and the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the late 70s, followed by the tragedies of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, in the 80s and 90s.

    • Influenza: Past and Future ThreatUW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox: Influenza: Past and Future Threat (31:32):

    Despite being a common disease, the flu is responsible for some of the deadliest pandemics of all time. Explore two important biological aspects of influenza-antigenic drift and antigenic shift-to understand why changes in viruses can have such a huge impact on disease prevalence.

  • Infectious Diseases

    • The Dynamic World of Infectious DiseaseUW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox: The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease (31:22)

    Dive into the fascinating stories behind three notorious diseases: bubonic plague, malaria, and polio. See how scientists of the time were able to discover the causes of these diseases and develop effective treatments. Also, learn why infectious diseases are still a pressing issue for our society, despite our advances in science and technology.

    • Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body's CellsUW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox: Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body's Cells (31:77):

    Zoom in to see a particle 100 times smaller than bacteria: the virus, which can replicate inside living cells. Follow the life cycle of a virus as you see what viruses like HIV and Ebola do to host cells. Meet two germs that fall between bacteria and viruses-the spirochete and rickettsia.

    • Emerging and Reemerging DiseasesUW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox: Emerging and Reemerging Diseases (30:50):

    The outbreak of Ebola in 2014 in West Africa became an international crisis in a matter of weeks-even traveling across the ocean to the United States. Explore deadly emerging and reemerging diseases that continually challenge our detection and response abilities.

  • Outbreaks

    UW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox  Outbreak! Contagion! The Next Pandemic! (35:12):
    Using your newly acquired infectious disease knowledge, look into the future and discern what the next pandemic might be-one that would reach all continents quickly, be difficult to treat, be extremely deadly, and perhaps threaten the very survival of the human race!

    Can We Overcome Pandemics? (7:11) - Bloomberg
    When tackling pandemics from the black death to now the coronavirus, there are some things we need to think about.

  • Pathology

    •  Digital Pathology Virtual Microscope Slides with Online Database

    The Digital Pathology Virtual Microscope Slides allow medical students and allied health professionals to access hematology, body fluids, bacteriology and parasitology microscope slides through an online database for distance learning and enhanced curriculum delivery.

    •  MnSCU or UMN License (for COVID-19) - Hematology, Body Fluids, Bacteriology & Parasitology - Digital Pathology Virtual Microscope Slides

    Stephen Wiesner, PhD

    This license is for instructors teaching at a MnSCU or UMN institution and their students. The Unlimited Year Subscription covers an unlimited number of instructors and students for one year. The license fee is $0.00. Licensee must provide the name of their institution as Company and must provide a valid email at their institution.

  • Risk Communication

    Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication

    There are modules here that apply to leaders from public relations, public health administration and emergency responder professionals from several backgrounds regarding how to respond during any public health emergency.  Anthony Fauci usually demonstrates these principles well in all briefings. The CERC manual begins by defining six principles of effective crisis and risk communication. These are 1) be first, 2) be right, 3) be credible, 4) express empathy, 5) promote action, and 6) show respect.

  • Zoonoses

    • Zoonosis: Germs Leap from Animals to HumansUW Infectious Disease Dr. Barry Fox Zoonosis: Germs Leap from Animals to Humans (32:32):

    Seventy percent of infectious diseases originate from wildlife. Why are new diseases-such as bird flu and swine flu-so prevalent, and how are these exotic diseases being transmitted from animals to humans? Learn how to protect yourself from these diseases, including two you can get from your cat.


drop with plus signInfection Control

and Prevention

  • Infection Control
  • Self-Precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Isolation, Quarantine, and Containment
  • Self-Precautions

    •  MDH Handwashing

    Hand hygiene is a term used to cover both hand washing using soap and water, and cleaning hands with waterless or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Hand Washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.

    •  Standard precautions: Hand hygiene - WHO (1 hour course)

    Most health care-associated infections are preventable through good hand hygiene – cleaning hands at the right times and in the right way. The WHO Guidelines on hand hygiene in health care support hand hygiene promotion and improvement in health care facilities worldwide and are complemented by the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy, the guide to implementation, and implementation toolkit, which contain many ready-to-use practical tools. This module has been prepared to help summarize the WHO guidelines on hand hygiene, associated tools and ideas for effective implementation.

    •  CDC Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings

    To prevent the transmission of respiratory infections in healthcare settings, the following infection control measures should be implemented at the first point of contact with a potentially infected person. They should be incorporated into infection control practices as one component of Standard Precautions.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    •  MDH Selection and Appropriate Use

    •  How Well Are You Protected (57 minutes): What Health Care Workers Need to Know About Gown Standards and Selection Considerations (PDF). Presentation on Nov. 20, 2018 by Selcen Kilinc-Balci, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Isolation, Quarantine, and Containment

    •  COVID-19: Quarantine, Containment and Mitigation (01:06:18) - UMN Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Susan Kilne, MD, MPD, March 12, 2020.

    •  The Science of Social Distancing: Part 1 (1:24:43) - National Academy of Medicine & American Public Health Association

    •  The Science of Social Distancing: Part 2 (1:31:44) - National Academy of Medicine & American Public Health Association

healthcare worker iconHealthcare Workers

& Systems in Emergencies

  • Emergency Preparedness & Planning
  • Vulnerable Populations & Emergency Preparedness
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources During COVID-19
  • Health Care Worker Self-Care