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Launching: MCCOD eLearning for medical students and physicians


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We are excited to launch an eLearning course on medical certification of cause of death (MCCOD) for undergraduate and early-career physicians. 

Accurate medical certification of death plays a critical role in the generation of high-quality mortality data, but certifying physicians are often working in time-poor, high-pressure settings. We are excited to share our course, which will allow both undergraduate and early-career physicians to gain a comprehensive understanding of MCCOD that can be easily applied to their work. 

The instructions provided in the two courses are based on the full version of the WHO 2016 medical certificate of cause of death. 

We are now offering two free eLearnings:

  • MCCOD for undergraduate medical students
  • MCCOD for junior physicians and interns

These eLearnings are non-accredited. However, participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion upon request.

We encourage hospitals, professional associations and learning institutions to share this information with students and physicians. 

This is an excellent course. I enjoyed it. It is a well-structured, well researched course.

Course participant


Learning outcomes

Undergraduate medical students

At the end of this six-module course, it is expected participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of mortality statistics
  • Identify important concepts and definitions used in the certification of death
  • Describe the role of physicians in producing reliable cause of death information
  • Recognise components of the International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • Recall the general guidelines for certifying deaths

This course will take approximately 60-75 minutes to complete.

Junior physicians and interns

At the end of this eight-module course, it is expected participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of mortality statistics
  • Identify important concepts and definitions used in the certification of death
  • Understand and apply the concept of underlying cause of death in certification
  • Describe the role of physicians in producing reliable cause of death information
  • Correctly complete the International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, with particular attention to Parts I and II
  • Apply the general guidelines when certifying deaths
  • Identify ill-defined and unusable causes of death and describe their impact on mortality statistics and public health interventions

This course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

To access the course

This eLearning is available free of charge to physicians and medical students of any country. You will need a working internet connection to complete the course.

To register, follow the link below.

Register for the course

For more information

For further information, please email crvs-info@unimelb.edu.au. 



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