Mortality data provide a better understanding of epidemiological trends and the impacts of health policies within a population. For several decades, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established detailed recommendations on recording, coding and publishing information on causes of death, which are adopted by most developed countries. In the European Union (EU), however, the quality of data on causes of death differs considerably between Member States (Mathers et al., 2005), which can be illustrated by the proportion of deaths attributed to poor conditions. defined or other codes unnecessary in public health analyzes. Several European countries record a relatively high share (between 8 and 30%) of these deaths: Bulgaria, Greece, Poland and Portugal and as studies show, this is mainly due to the certification practices practiced by local doctors completing death certificates (Fihel and Meslé, 2017; Wojtyniak et al., 2012).
The objectives of the program:
The European CODA-EU project, supported by the Erasmus + program, aims to provide an innovative learning tool (CODA) to teachers who train medical students, giving them the opportunity to improve their knowledge of recommendations and rules set by WHO on certification of causes of death.
The second objective of this project is to set up a MOOC dedicated to trainers and professors of universities and institutes wishing to adapt the CODA tool to their educational objectives.
580 participants, mostly medical doctors, took part in our MOOC courses organised in Greece, France, Poland and Portugal.