How to navigate the site

To access the learning content, click on Modules in the menu bar and select the module you wish to access. Assessments can be done after completing each module by selecting the Assessment option under Modules. Move between slides by clicking the > forward or < back buttons.

How long will it take to complete the course?

This course is designed to be flexible to allow for different schedules, so it can be done at your own time and at your own pace

Who can take the course?

Medical students, medical doctors and forensic pathologists.

What will I learn on this course?

At the end of the course you should understand the importance of correct certification of cause of death, your role in producing reliable cause of death statistics, correctly complete a death certificate, and know when to refer to Forensic Pathology Services for a post mortem investigation.

Why this course?

You have a role to play in providing good quality, reliable and accurate mortality statistics by correctly completing a certificate of cause of death. This is vital in guiding health policy decisions.

Must I have an internet connection to take this e-learning course?

Yes, you will need internet connection to access our website on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. However, the contents are downloadable and available offline.

Can I stop at any time during the course and continue later?

Absolutely. The course has been designed to be flexible and easy to fit into your busy schedule. This allows you to take it at your own pace, in your own time.

Must I write an exam?

Yes. There are self-assessment exercises after each module and a final assessment following completion of all four modules.

Do I get a certificate upon completion of the course?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. However, you need to score a minimum of 80% in order to receive a certificate.

Any CPD points?

The SAMRC will send your details to the HPCSA, for points accreditation.  This process occurs 3 times a year (ie every 4 months) so you may have to wait some months for the CPD points to reflect on your account.

Who is behind this training course?

The Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council in partnership with PEPFAR, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), the Bloomberg Health Initiative, Statistics South Africa, the National Department of Health and the Centre for Community Technologies, Nelson Mandela University.

Can a nurse sign a stillbirth certificate?

Yes. A Professional nurse can sign a notice of death/stillbirth for stillbirths only. 

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