Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Succession Planning and Workforce Development for Public Health Agencies

This is an introductory course offering CPH and CHES — Free
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3-5 minutes


1.50 hours


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The Strategic Skills Training Series developed by the Region 2 PHTC aims to help prepare public health leaders and the public health workforce to develop the practices and competencies associated with being a Chief Health Strategist.

This course describes how health departments can undertake succession planning and workforce development efforts, even during 'VUCA' (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) times, using a case study approach set in the fictitious Tycho County.

Reviewers say, "This online course provided a lot of information in an engaging, digestible way" and "I recommended this training based on timeliness, as Public Health Departments are in the process of examining post-COVID efforts to Increase employee engagement, workforce development planning, staff retention, and competency-based job descriptions." 

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

  • Define “succession planning” for public health agencies
  • Present the reasons for a succession planning process in public health agencies, even during challenging times
  • Explain the key elements of the succession planning process
  • Link the elements of change management to organizational succession planning
  • Clarify the critical success factors for succession planning in public health

Competency Terms

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Financial Planning & Management Skills
Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health