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Childhood TB for Healthcare Workers

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The course is designed for healthcare workers at the secondary and primary level of the healthcare system. The content is based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2014 Guidance for national tuberculosis programmes on the management of tuberculosis in children, as well as the Union's Desk guide for diagnosis and management of TB in children, and focuses on the clinical management of childhood TB.

The course is made up of the six modules listed below. Each module will require at least one hour to complete. If you start a module, you may leave it and return later; your progress will be saved. You can view more information about each module below.

Key Features of the Course

After completion of this course, students will be able to understand:

  • Identify the risk factors associated with TB in children;
  • Assess a child with symptoms similar to those of TB and make a diagnosis;
  • Initiate children with TB onto treatment;
  • Cite the specific considerations of TB in the context of HIV;
  • Prevent the development of TB in children through various methods, including vaccination, preventive therapy, and infection control; and
  • Detect new cases of childhood TB in households of TB patients.


In this first module, you will learn about TB in children and the risk factors for exposure/infection, disease, and severe disease. You will also take a look at TB reporting data and how this information rolls up into the global picture of childhood TB.
In module two, you will learn how to assess a child who has symptoms that could be caused by TB. For each child, you will take a history of symptoms and signs, perform a clinical examination, and request some diagnostic tests before making a diagnosis.
In module three, you will learn how to initiate children with TB onto treatment. You will also learn how to follow them up, manage adherence issues and side effects, and support the child and their family throughout the whole treatment period.
In module four, you will learn about the specific considerations of TB in the context of HIV, building on skills for diagnosis and treatment that you learned in previous modules.
In module five, you will learn ways to prevent the development of TB in children through vaccination, preventive therapy, and infection control. You will also learn how to detect new cases of childhood TB in households of TB patients. 
In this final module, you will apply what you have learned to diagnose, treat, and prevent TB in a series of patients. 
Important: In order to access the completion certificate, the students need to complete the feedback, course evaluation and survey forms. Please click on the following links to submit these forms.

How It Works

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? 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 have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course Summary

Course code: ChildTB
Average module length: 2 hours
Total course time: 12 hours
Number of modules: 6
Institution: World Health Organization
Subject: Childhood TB for Healthcare Workers
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course Author

Pacific Health Security

Communicable Diseases and Climate Change

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

POLHN has dedicated public health professionals in its DPS research team who have decade long experiences in Health Security and Emergencies, NCDs and Health Through the Life course, and Health Systems.

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