Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Mentoring Matters

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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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, "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" and "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 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

  • 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
Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Manager/Program Manager

Related Job Tasks

Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
Build and support a diverse and skilled public health workforce