Evaluating Training Need for Epidemic Control in Three Metropolitans: Implications for COVID-19 Preparedness in Vietnam

Diep Ngoc Nguyen, Huong Thi Le, Phong Khanh Thai, Xuan Thi Thanh Le, Men Thi Hoang, Linh Gia Vu, Toan Thi Thanh Do, Khanh Nam Do, Giap Van Vu, Tu Huu Nguyen, Thanh Tuan Le, Trung Dinh Tran, Dat Van Truong, Cuong Duy Do, Thu Ha Nguyen, Dung Tri Phung, Son Hong Nghiem, Thuc Thi Minh Vu, Bach Xuan Tran, Carl A. LatkinRoger C.M. Ho, Cyrus S.H. Ho

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Upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries worldwide face a critical shortage of human resources in the health sector. Medical students are a potential task force with the capability to support the stretched health sector. This study aims to evaluate their training need for epidemic control in order to employ them effectively. A cross-sectional study was conducted using a web-based survey from December 2019 to February 2020. There were 5,786 observations collected using the snowball sampling technique. Logistic regression was applied to identify factors associated with training participation in epidemic prevention and disaster prevention. Multiple Poisson regression model was constructed to examine factors associated with the number of times they participated in sanitation training and disaster prevention activities in the previous 12 months. Sanitation and health education communication activities had the highest proportion of participants, with 76.5 and 38.4%, followed by examining and treating diseases in the community (13.4%). Those who participated in community activities had a higher number of times to participate in epidemic sanitation training and be involved in disaster prevention. This study informed the need for training programs to prepare medical students for COVID-19 epidemic responses. The training curriculum should include both theoretical approaches and contextual approaches to achieve efficient epidemic control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number589331
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
StatePublished - Nov 5 2020


  • COVID-19
  • epidemic control
  • infection
  • medical students
  • training need

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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