Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health

Identifying Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide to Searching the Literature

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


1.00 hour


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This online module will lead participants through the process used in systematic reviews and identifies key practice-relevant resources that summarize the literature on effective public health interventions. Learners will explore different sources of evidence, focusing on systematic reviews as a tool to efficiently identify public health interventions that are proven to be effective. Also included is guidance for finding and reviewing other sources of evidence when systematic reviews are outdated, or are not available for a particular topic area or population.

This module provides an in-depth introduction to key online resources to guide the selection of evidence-based interventions including The Community Guide, PH Partners, What Works for Health, and others.

Reviewers say, "Lots of videos so have headphones handy; desktop more ideal for this training; will need to download one doc as a PDF so have a converter if necessary." and, "Activity worksheet must be completed after the training to get credit."

What You'll Learn

  1. Describe the process used in systematic reviews

  2. Identify key web resources for systematic reviews of public health practices, including The Community Guide

  3. Identify resources that assist in searching and summarizing the scientific literature

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills
Data Analysis
Evidence-Based Decision Making
Communication Skills
Written & Oral Communication
Information Dissemination
Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health
Application of Public Health Sciences
Public Health Evidence
Evidence-Based Public Health

Related Occupations

Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it