ICD-11 Training Package (self-paced course)


Welcome to the online course "ICD – 11 tool" developed by the Direction of Evidence and Intelligence by Action in Health and the Virtual Campus of Public Health of the Pan American Health Organization. It is relevant that the countries of the region know and apply the ICD- 11 in order to have a common framework and language to report, complete, use and share health information at a national and international level.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a tool for recording, reporting, and grouping conditions and factors that influence health. It contains categories for diseases, health related conditions, and external causes of illness or death.

The purpose of the ICD is to allow the systematic recording, analysis, interpretation and comparison of mortality and morbidity data collected in different countries or areas and at different times. The ICD is used to translate diagnoses of diseases and other health problems into an alphanumeric code, which allows storage, retrieval, and analysis of the data. Such health information is used for epidemiology, prevention, managing health care, allocation of resources, outcomes monitoring, in research, and primary care.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the structure of ICD-11.
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of using ICD-11.
  • Understand the classification conventions of ICD-11.
  • Understand the difference between the Foundation and the ICD-11 Tabular List.
  • Apply the ICD-11 conventions to classify clinical concepts, including use of extension codes.
  • Perform the classification function using the ICD-11 Coding Tool and Browser.
  • Identify the ICD-11 Maintenance Platform.

Course structure



Unit 1 Introduction to ICD-11


Unit 2 Mortality coding rules

Mortality coding rules

Unit 3 Morbidity coding rules

Morbidity coding rules

Unit 4 ICD-11 Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4

01 Certain infectious or parasitic diseases 

02 Neoplasms 

03 Diseases of the blood or blood-forming organs 

04 Diseases of the immune system 

Unit 5 ICD-11 Chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 14

05 Endocrine, nutritional or metabolic diseases 

06 Mental, behavioural or neurodevelopmental disorders 

07 Sleep-wake disorders 

09 Diseases of the visual system 

10 Diseases of the ear or mastoid process 

14 Diseases of the skin

Unit 6 ICD-11 Chapters 8, 11, 12, 13 and 15

08 Diseases of the nervous system

11 Diseases of the circulatory system 

12 Diseases of the respiratory system 

13 Diseases of the digestive system 

15 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system or connective tissue

Unit 7 ICD-11 Chapters 16, 17 and 18

16 Diseases of the genitourinary system 

17 Conditions related to sexual health 

18 Pregnancy, childbirth or the puerperium 

Unit 8 ICD-11 Chapters 19 and 20

19 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 

20 Developmental anomalies 

Unit 9 ICD-11 Chapters 22 and 23

22 Injury, poisoning or certain other consequences of external causes

23 External causes of morbidity or mortality  

Unit 10 ICD-11 Chapters 21 and 24

21 Symptoms, signs or clinical findings, not elsewhere classified

24 Factors influencing health status or contact with health services 

Unit 11 ICD-11 Traditional Medicine

26 Traditional Medicine Conditions

Unit 12 ICD-11 Functioning

Supplementary section for functioning assessment


Last update: 02/May/2024