Region IV Public Health Training Center

An Introduction to Community Assessment and Data Collection

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


1.00 hour


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This course provides an introduction to community assessment, data collection and sharing data findings. It is an introductory-level course designed to build competence in data analytics and assessment as well as community engagement in public health professionals, especially those in the governmental public health workforce. The course contains four modules: the content module, reflection questions, tools and resources, and an evaluation.

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the importance of community assessments
  • Discuss the importance of community-level data
  • Identify key components of the data collection process
  • Select an appropriate data collection method
  • Identify ways to share data with community assessment planning team members and the community

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills
Data Analysis
Community Health Assessment
Community Health Improvement Planning
Community Input
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Community Engagement
Community Assets
Community-Based Participatory Research

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Health Officer
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Informatics Specialist
Public Health Manager/Program Manager
Public Health/Preventative Medicine Physician
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Student - Professional & Scientific