Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Mentoring Matters

This is an intermediate course offering CPH — Free
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CEU

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Cost

Free

Time to Start

3-5 minutes

Length

1.00 hour

Overview

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As the public health workforce changes, mentoring matters now more than ever. In this course, you will explore the roles, responsibilities, and functions of successful public health mentoring programs, with a focus on equity-centered practices. Using scenario-based examples, interactive exercises, and video tutorials, this course provides mentors, mentees, and program administrators with the tools and resources to succeed in mentoring, no matter the size or type of program.

This course is divided into four sections: one centered on guidance for building a formal mentoring program, another on the match-making process within formal mentoring programs, and concluding sections on the roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees, respectively.

While we recognize that not all organizations are ready to launch formal mentoring programs, this course was designed to provide a holistic overview of mentoring at the organizational level. In each section, testimonials and interview findings from public health professionals are presented in combination with case studies from the real world. Whether entering this course as a mentee, a mentor, or a future administrator for a formal or informal mentoring program, we hope you find value in this learning experience as you continue your mentoring journey!

 

Reviewers say, "The scenarios may take a moment to load. If it doesn't do so within a minute, go back one page and then return to it; it should load within about a minute then."

"This course was very easy to navigate, but it was a lot of reading. I found I needed a very quiet place so I could stay focused because most of the content comes from reading screens."

"This course could be helpful for someone planning a mentoring program, someone thinking of becoming a mentor, or someone seeking a mentor. It gives a good all-around content of mentoring and offers numerous resources that may be helpful."

What You'll Learn

  • Determine the specific framework and type of mentoring program that fits your public health agency.
  • Describe appropriate matching and evaluation strategies needed to design sustainable mentorship programs.
  • Apply best practices for leadership development of mentors through the use of Individual Development Plans.
  • Identify effective goal-setting procedures for mentees in formal mentoring programs.
  • Apply principles of equitable and inclusive mentoring in formal and informal mentoring scenarios.

Competency Terms

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Policy, Program, & Service Development
Policy, Program, & Service Implementation
Communication Skills
Behavior Change
Agency & Organization Roles
Cultural Competency Skills
Workforce Diversity
Advocacy
Public Health Science Skills
Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills
Professional Development
Continuous Improvement
Advocacy for Public Health

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Officer
Human Resources Personnel
Other Management & Leadership
Other Professional
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Agency Director
Public Health Manager/Program Manager

Related Job Tasks

Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Manage personnel (e.g., recruit, schedule, train, or evaluate staff)
Manage public health programs

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