Region IV Public Health Training Center

Community Assessment: Conducting Surveys

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


0.75 hours


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This course provides an introduction to planning for and conducting community surveys. It introduces concepts and applies knowledge and skills that are essential for planning for and conducting a survey and analyzing and disseminating survey data specifically for the purpose of community assessment. 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 two modules: the content module and an evaluation.

What You'll Learn

  • Identify when a survey is an ideal method for community assessment.
  • Discuss at least 3 types of question and response options for use on a questionnaire survey.
  • Discuss delivery methods available for questionnaire dissemination.
  • Identify sources for survey question development.
  • Explain how you analyze the data collected from a questionnaire.

Competency Terms

Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Data Analysis
Community Health Assessment
Written & Oral Communication
Community Input
Community Engagement

Related Occupations

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

Related Job Tasks

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
Conduct community assessments
Develop surveillance procedures
Report data to the county or state
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
Obtain information, specimens, or samples
Develop information and training materials
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
Analyze & Interpret data
Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems