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This report provides insights and first steps in modernizing the public health health system.

Advancing Online Public Health Training Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

February 13, 2017

A substantial body of studies documents the increasing need for continuous, competency- and evidence-based learning that meets the pragmatic, skills-based needs of the changing public health workforce. Online learning has proven effective in addressing professional training and continuing education needs. A range of online learning systems have arisen to facilitate translation of knowledge from online courses to learner—in public health, healthcare, education, and the private sector.

Completed for the Public Health Learning Network by the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University, this report reviews the current landscape of online public health learning systems, identifies components of systems that are effective in making learning more efficient, and shares promising practices to emulate in modernizing the nation’s public health training delivery system.

Support for this work was provided by the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT). The NCCPHT is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 1 UB6HP274350100, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers, for grant award of $3,384,657, comprised of 100% Federal funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of NNPHI and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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Focus Areas:
  • Workforce Training & Education

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