An Introduction to Community Assessment and Data Collection

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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This course provides an introduction to community assessment, data collection and sharing data findings. 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.

The course contains four modules: the content module, reflection questions, tools and resources, and an evaluation. After finishing all four modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

The entire training is expected to take 45 minutes to complete. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

Reviewers say, "The emphasis on community engagement was great in this training!"

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the importance of community assessments
  • Discuss the important of community-level data
  • Identify key components of the data collection process
  • Select an appropriate data collection method
  • Identify ways to share data with community assessment planning team members and the community

Competency Terms

Data Analysis
Community Health Assessment
Community Engagement

Related Occupations

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

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health