During the COVID-19 pandemic, plans were developed across the country to identify new ways to care for the thousands of patients who will become ill. This brief video is intended to introduce volunteers as well as public health and healthcare staff to one response strategy called Alternate Care Sites. The overall goal of this video is to provide a context and overview of Alternate Care Sites for those that may contribute to the development and/or operation of one.


By the end of this video, learners will be able to:

  • describe an Alternate Care Site and its purpose in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • describe basic or austere medical care provided in an Alternate Care Site and the rationale for this level of care.
  • identify the types of roles and workers needed to staff an Alternate Care Site.


The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course are:

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A1: Describes the programs and services provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve the health of a community.
  • 5A2: Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations).
  • 5A8: Uses assets and resources (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, hospitals, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, federal grants, fellowship programs) to improve health in a community.

Domain 8: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

  • 8A3: Describes the ways public health, healthcare, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community.


Developed by the Health Emergency Response Office (HERO) and the School of Public Health, University of Minneota.

Continuing Education Units

This course is eligible for 0.5 CEUs or 0.5 contact hours and up to 1 CPH re-certification credits can be earned by completing this course.

Contact & Questions

For questions regarding course registration, materials, and content, please email cpheo@umn.edu.

For questions regarding system access, log-in, user name, or password, please email help@umn.edu or call 612-301-4357.

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Section Title
Alternate Care Sites: An Introduction for Staff and Volunteers
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
Section Details

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