Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Community Assessment

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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Community health assessments help provide insight into the community you serve. They are an important component in helping you determine where to focus resources and interventions. In this 45-minute module, you will learn more about the components of community health assessments including the types of data commonly used.

This is module 2 of the Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series. It is meant to stand alone, but you may also take it together with the other modules in this series to receive a certificate in Evidence-Based Public Health.

To complete this course, you must watch the instructional videos, pass the quiz, and complete the course evaluation.

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the reasons for conducting a community assessment
  • Define the components of a community health assessment
  • Identify the types of data for assessing the needs and assets of the community of interest

Competency Terms

Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Community Health Assessment
Cultural Competency Skills
Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Manager/Program Manager

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health