Community Assessment: Focus Groups

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Community assessments use qualitative methods to learn about beliefs, values, and perspectives of needs and assets of a community. Qualitative methods include interviews, focus groups, and forums. The purpose of this course is to introduce focus groups as a method to gain valuable community-level data and provide a practical strategy to plan for, conduct, and analyze the results of a focus group. 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. There are no prerequisites.

This course contains four modules: an interactive video, reflection questions, resources and an evaluation. The entire training is expected to take 40 minutes to complete. After finishing all modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

Reviewers say, "Easy to follow training, up to date information on conducting focus groups" and "The training provides a lot of resources and tools to use after completing the training." 

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

  • Recognize when a focus group is an ideal method for assessing a community.
  • Discuss the preparation necessary for conducting a focus group.
  • Apply the necessary steps to conduct a focus group.
  • Analyze the data collected from a focus group.

Competency Terms

Data Analysis
Community Health Assessment

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Social Worker

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health