Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Developing a Concise Statement of the Issue

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


0.75 hours


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A well-written statement of the issue that you are considering can help you achieve your prevention goals and influence your public health interventions. This 45-minute module will show you how to develop a concise statement about a public health problem, issue, or policy.

This is module 4 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

  • Define a criterion for the components of a sound problem statement
  • Develop a concise written statement of the public/community health problem, issue, or policy under consideration in a measurable way

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

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Related Job Tasks

Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
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