care providers at all levels of the health care system can help reduce
health disparities and prevent viral hepatitis by learning more about
the prevention, care, and treatment of this disease. This is one of the
goals of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis [PDF
673KB], to “Build a U.S. health-care workforce prepared to prevent and
diagnose viral hepatitis and provide care and treatment to infected
Medical providers who share information regarding risk for certain
diseases are one of the most powerful motivators for a patient to accept
an intervention or change behaviors. But providers must first have the
information needed to share with patients. Increasing the number of
providers who are knowledgeable about viral hepatitis testing, care, and
treatment is critical to maximizing the benefits afforded by viral
hepatitis testing and treatment options.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
have collaborated with other federal agencies and universities to
create educational opportunities for health care providers to receive
training in this area of disease prevention and control.
Hepatitis C Online Course
The University of Washington in collaboration with the International
Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) was funded by CDC to create a
self-study, interactive course for medical providers on Hepatitis C.
Features include a master bibliography, embedded video, and clinical
calculators. Free CME/CNE credit available.
- Module 1: Screening and Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Infection
- Module 2: Evaluation, Staging, and Monitoring of Chronic Hepatitis C
- Module 3: Management of Cirrhosis-Related Complications
- Module 4: Evaluation and Preparation for Hepatitis C Treatment
Hepatitis Web Study
The University of Washington – Seattle Prevention Training Center was
funded by CDC to develop a website that offers interactive case studies
covering topics related to prevention, management, and treatment of
viral hepatitis. Free CME/CNE credit available.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham – National Training Center
for Integrated Hepatitis, HIV/STD Prevention Services was funded by CDC
to develop a website dedicated to the provision of practice-focused
distance learning programs and training for frontline workers.
Medscape and CDC have worked together to provide the following educational opportunities:
- Birth Cohort-Based Screening: A New Strategy for Reducing HCV-Related Morbidity and Mortality
- CDC Expert Commentary: Testing for Hepatitis C: New Guidance
- CDC Expert Commentary: A Silent Epidemic: Why Chronic Hepatitis B Matters
- CDC Expert Commentary: Hepatitis B Vaccine for Adults With Diabetes
ACT on HCV – A Practical Introduction to Treating HCV from AASLD
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
has launched an educational program providing practical strategies for
managing patients with hepatitis C. Five interactive modules, webinars,
and an experiential component address an overview of HCV, genotyping and
predictors of response, selecting patients, initiating treatment and
the first eight weeks, and managing side effects of therapy.
Registration is free, but required.
Broader use of these training resources by medical providers will
have a positive impact on our efforts to support viral hepatitis
testing, care, and treatment. To receive viral hepatitis updates from
CDC, including training opportunities, please sign up to receive email
communications through GovDelivery and follow CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis on Twitter @cdchep .