e-Learning Course on Medical Certification of Cause of Death

Feb 01,2021

Course details

This web-based course on ‘Medical Certification of Cause of Death’ can be taken up at one’s own free time and convenience. It provides an opportunity for all doctors who are busy practitioners and are otherwise unable to travel or obtain leave to attend CME (Continuing Medical Education) programmes.

  • The complete duration of this course is 8 hours but it can be completed over a period of one month, with each batch starting on the first of the month
  • Upon successful completion, all participants will be awarded 1 CME credit points by the Karnataka Medical Council

Course Objectives

Medical Certification of Cause of Death (death certificate) is an important source of cause-specific mortality data for a country. Apart from being a public health surveillance tool, a medical death certificate is also a legal document for the family of the deceased. The medical practitioner has to issue a ‘death certificate’ to the family of the deceased. Inaccurate entries in these death certificates can lead to incorrect mortality data collection, faulty public health measures and legal hassles.

  • This course aims to strengthen the capacity of medical practitioners in ensuring accurate and reliable medical certification of cause of death, taking into account the COVID pandemic
  • It is divided into 4 Modules with each module comprising of one to four Units
  • To obtain the Course Certificate, the participant has to complete all the Modules/Units and then take up the final assessment and obtain 66%(40/60) marks within a month of enrolment

Course Schedule





Module 1: Certification of Cause of Death



Unit 1: Introduction to Cause of Death

50 min


Unit 2: Ascertaining the Cause of Death

90 min


Unit 3: Death Certificate – parts, types and filling out

50 min


Unit 4: Errors in filling out death certificates

60 min


Module 2: ICD Coding



Unit 1: Introduction to Clinical Coding

30 min


Unit 2: Assigning an ICD code

50 min


Unit 3: Filling in the ICD code on a death certificate

60 min


Module 3: Mortality statistics in India



Unit 1: Mortality statistics in India

30 min


Unit 2: Practical aspects of certification

30 min


Module 4: MCCD in the presence of COVID-19*



Unit 1: MCCD in the presence of COVID-19

30 min


Course Start date:
1st February 2021
Registration ends: 27th January 2021

Registration is to be done online at the weblink given below. Payment for registration is accepted via credit card, debit card or netbanking. It is to be paid along with the                submission of the registration form and the medical council registration details directly on the website. 

For registration,

Who should attend

This online course is suitable for all allopathic doctors (of any specialty) and dentists currently registered with any medi- cal/dental council in India and also for medical interns with a provisional medical council registration.

Organization and delivery

The course will be hosted and delivered online by St John’s Medical College and Research Institute. After successful registration, all participants will be provided with a ‘username’ and ‘password’. The course can then be accessed any time using a desktop, laptop or tablet.

Course fee:

Rs. 840/- (Eight hundred and forty only) plus 18% service tax for new applicants; Rs 150/- all inclusive, for previous MCCD candidates

For further enquiry and registration, contact

Course Director
Dr Prem K. Mony, MD
Professor & Head
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute
Bangalore - 560034, India

Course Coordinator
Dr Kavya. R, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute
Bangalore - 560034, India
E-mail: epibio@sjri.res.in
Ph: 91-80-46497030