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Cause of Death

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This death records management course provides students with the knowledge to correctly diagnose the underlying cause of death.

In this POLHN self-paced program, you will learn about public death records practice and the process of data collection.

This course begins with an introduction on what cause of death is, and why a correct diagnosis is so important. Next, you will learn about underlying cause of death, and finally through case studies and examples will make different certifications. 

Key features of the course

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of certifying death correctly.
  • Understand vital statistics of death records.
  • Use cause of death data.
  • Describe the current global situation of quality of causes of death data.


Introduction and importance module.
Introduction to UCOD and cases module.
Case based learning and assessments module.

How it works

Study material

This self-paced course has been created so that it is easy to understand and easy to access. It uses a range of different materials designed by qualified experts. Mediums of teaching include pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments.

Getting help

Connect with other students through the course forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate ideas. Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend your career with a verified certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive an official certificate, which can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course summary

Course code: COD
Average length: 3 weeks
Effort: 4 hours per week
Number of modules: 3
Institution: University of Queensland
Subject: Data and statistics
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course author

Pacific Health Systems and Policy Team

Division of Pacific Technical Support

World Health Organization | Division of Pacific Technical Support | Suva, Fiji

POHLN has a highly dedicated DPS research team, that includes health professionals with over a decade of experience in the domains of Health Security and Emergencies, Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Health Systems and WHO’s Health Through the Life Course Initiative. .

Course focal point

Pacific Health Systems and Policy Team

Technical support

Muhammad Noman Ali

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