OpenWHO is WHO's new interactive knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.

With OpenWHO, you have the flexibility to learn at your convenience. Watch the short video lectures and test your knowledge with self-tests when and where you like. The course forum and the collaboration space allow you to get in touch with other participants and experts around the world.

Designed primarily for health care workers, frontline responders, and decision-makers, the app is also a source of information for those affected by disease outbreaks and health emergencies, or for those with a general interest in WHO's work in health emergencies.

It features 6 channels:
- The 'Outbreak' channel addresses the management of infectious diseases and provides life-saving, scientific information.
- The 'Ready for Response' channel helps prepare personnel who are training for deployment to work in disease outbreaks and health emergencies.
- The 'Get Social' channel focuses on social science-based interventions and helps to communicate with affected communities.
- The 'Preparing for Pandemics' channel brings together courses on various aspects of preparedness, including surveillance, public health measures and risk communication during a pandemic.
- The 'COVID-19' channel provides learning resources in WHO's 6 official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) for health professionals, decision-makers and the public for the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- The 'COVID-19 National Languages' channel provides the same learning resources as the COVID-19 channel but in national languages, such as Indonesian, Japanese and Portuguese.

OpenWHO courses are available in many languages, including WHO's 6 official languages.

This app is developed in cooperation between the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The learning content is provided exclusively by the WHO.

Download the app now, and join the OpenWHO community.

What’s New

Version 2.10.2

• Fix problem with loading the course progress

Also in version 2.10:
• Quick access to last visited courses (also long-press on the app icon)
• Previews for courses and course items (long-press on courses or course items)
• Adjustments for iOS 13.4 (incl. trackpad and mouse support)
• UX improvements to helpdesk integration
• Show course languages in the respective language
• The subtitle selection shows the available options in the localized language and the system language
• Show additional view before starting a peer assessment
• Various smaller cosmetic changes
• Include external courses in the course list
• Show message for invite-only courses

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

P3achandlime09 ,


This app is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for. Complete knowledge at the palm of your hands. This is a POWERFUL TOOL

zenpan14 ,

App stops working

I enrolled myself in a course through the browser but after I downloaded the app, I can’t get into the course. Every time I click on the course, the app shuts down and I am back on my home screen.

My course is “ Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)”

Developer Response ,

Thanks a lot for your feedback! We were able to track down the root of the app crash and have just released version 2.9.2 which fixes this and other issues. Please check out this update to the app. If your problem still persists, please contact us via the helpdesk function in the app or on the website.


34 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, German

Age Rating
Frequent/Intense Medical/Treatment Information


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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