The aim of this course is to provide an overview of operational concepts in relation to community engagement, risk communication, and the application of social science interventions. This course is designed for health emergency preparedness and response professionals, policy makers and partners.
Communities are at the heart of every response. Effective risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) supports communities and individuals in understanding the risks they face and making informed decisions about how to protect themselves and the people around them. Accurate information, provided to communities in ways they understand and respect, builds trust and supports the success of prevention, response and recovery efforts.
Social sciences – including sociology, psychology and anthropology, among other disciplines – are an important part of developing effective RCCE interventions that are sensitive to the cultural, historical and behavioral perspectives of communities. In this course, you will learn about how to apply social sciences to build trust and ensure that communities are equal partners in developing solutions before, during and after emergencies.
In taking this course, you join a global community of people committed to ensuring that communities are empowered in developing solutions that are acceptable and effective during emergencies. We’re glad you’re here.
The course is structured into five modules, with case studies and a final assessment.
The course is designed to take approximately four hours to complete and adaptable to your schedule.
You will receive a Record of Achievement when you achieve a score of 80% or more in the course assessment.
Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.