Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Evidence-Based Public Health Overview

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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0.75 hours


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This module provides an introduction to key concepts for evidence-based public health. It offers an overview of the importance of evidence-based public health and its applications in disease prevention and health promotion.

This is module 1 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.

Reviewers say, "This course might best serve learners who work in a clinical setting."

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

  • List three types of evidence that may be used to set priorities in public health
  • List two key sources of evidence
  • Describe the barriers to evidence-based decision making in public health

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Public Health Science Skills

Related Occupations

Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population
Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health
Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement
Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health