Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Developing and Prioritizing Program and Policy Options

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


0.75 hours


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In this 45-minute module, you will learn why it is important to set priorities among various program and policy options. You will examine several methods for prioritizing competing options and will also consider health equity in your prioritization process.

This is module 6 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.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop a process for choosing health interventions and policies
  • Identify criteria used to select health interventions and policies
  • Describe approaches to community and stakeholder involvement in prioritization
  • Include health equity as a consideration in prioritization

Competency Terms

Community Partnership Development
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Policy, Program, & Service Development
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Other Management & Leadership
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Agency Director
Public Health Manager/Program Manager
Social Worker

Related Job Tasks

Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Plan public health programs