Public Health Resources

Workforce Development

            Workforce development activities and resources for the public health workforce.

















    • + Grants and Funding
    • + Continuing Education and Training
      • APHL Event/Course Listing APHL provides training opportunities outside of the traditional programs offered under the CDC cooperative agreement.
      • Continuing Education and Training Opportunities Links to selected public health continuing education opportunities from government agencies and professional and research organizations.
      • Credentials for Success The Credentials for success is a distance learning program for Georgia's public health practitioners.
      • Educating the Workforce Towards Integration Collection of educational resources and tools to support increased collaboration between public health and healthcare workforces. Resources include curriculum guides, competencies, reports, learning modules, frameworks, and case studies.
      • Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training Online resource focused on enhancing public health training efforts. This resource includes strategies and methods for improving and evaluating training, as well as references to literature on training and the evaluation of training.
      • Heartland Centers for Public Health & Community Capacity Development The Mission of the Heartland Centers is to improve the workforce competence and community capacity to perform in emergency events and assure delivery of public health essential services.
      • Introduction to Workforce Development Planning for PHAB Accreditation Course is made up of seven modules designed to assist local health department staff to prepare for the Domain 8 requirements for PHAB accreditation, with a focus on the development and implementation of a workforce development plan.
      • Kansas WALD Center The Kansas Public Health Workforce and Leadership Development (WALD) Center is a web-based public health education, training, and research center. The WALD Center makes use of technology to foster social capital and increase workforce capacity among Kansas's public health workers.
      • Local Health Department Learning Laboratory A 12-month program for teams across the country to identify replicable solutions that enable local health departments to successfully transition to population-focused strategies for improving health outcomes in their communities.
      • Management Essential Training Series The series provides a fresh perspective and a broad introduction to three (3) topics critical to your success: 1) Strategic Planning, 2) Successful People Management, and 3) Fundamentals of Financial Management. This series is designed to enhance the skills of new local health officials (LHOs) to address the complex, real-world, issues facing local health departments on a daily basis. NACCHO encourages LHOs with one to three years of experience who are seeking additional management training to take these trainings.
      • NACCHO University Courses to help LHD staff develop knowledge and competencies. Users may design their own learning and take intriguing and challenging courses to advance their careers.
      • National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Organization The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.
      • National Laboratory Training Network The National Laboratory Training Network (NLTN) is a collaborative training system of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its mission is to improve laboratory practice of public health significance through quality continuing education.
      • Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) Training NWCPHP offers a wide variety of training opportunities for public health professionals including online trainings, certificate programs, toolkits, and guides to help the public health workforce stay up-to-date on the latest research and best practices.
      • Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute This nine-month program is designed to build collaborative leadership skills for professionals committed to improving health equity.
      • PHF Learning Resource Center Quality training materials for public health, healthcare, community health, and other health professionals at an affordable price. Materials are available in a variety of formats, including print-based and computer-based programs; resource manuals; physician guides; and patient brochures.
      • Performance Improvement Learning Series Catalog Learning series to provide public health agencies and organizations with a wide variety of Performance Improvement programs, tools and techniques.
      • Professional Development and Workforce Training Center Provides a variety of training/educational modalities including webinars, training videos, public health lectures and on-line courses in the areas of chronic disease prevention and control.
      • Public Health Learning Navigator The Learning Navigator is a streamlined, curated online resource supporting quality learning for the public health workforce. Users can filter training based on job task, occupation, topic area, continuing education credit, and more.
      • Public Health Learning Network The Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) partners with 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers (RPHTC) and 39 local performance sites to offer high-quality training, tools, and resources for thousands of professionals engaged in the critical work of advancing public health practice and improving population health.
      • Public Health Pronto A micro-learning project that allows users to participate in short bursts of learning throughout the year to improve public health skills. Program addresses the eight Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and three Health Transformation cores.
      • TRAIN Learning Network TRAIN is a learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).
    • + Fellowships with Workforce Development Focus
      • APHL Fellowships Fellowship and traineeship programs that prepare students for careers in public health laboratories and support specialized training for practicing scientists.
      • CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact. The two-year program is targeted at PhD or master's degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines related to CDC's work.
      • CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Competitive, two-year, paid fellowship within the CDC. Public Health Associates are assigned to state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies.
      • CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program Two-year applied, competency-based training program for professionals with education and experience in information and computer science and technology and public health or health care.
      • CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship The PE Fellowships were begun in 1995 to establish capability within CDC to conduct prevention-effectiveness studies. The Fellowships are for post-doctoral candidates with expertise in quantitative policy analysis who wish to gain experience and training in assessing the effectiveness of prevention strategies.
      • Improving Public Health Management for Action (IMPACT) A fellowship program that works closely with partner countries to build a workforce of public health professionals prepared to translate science into action. IMPACT provides fellows with experience in public health program planning, implementation, management, and evaluation through specialized, hands-on training, supervision, and mentorship.
      • Public Health Fellowships and Internships Links to selected public health fellowship and internship opportunities from government agencies and professional and research organizations.
      • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Programs The Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program is a multi-disciplinary training program designed to provide postdoctoral professionals with the specific knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to prepare them for leadership roles promoting and implementing policies and practices that reduce health disparities and advance health equity.
      • SOPHE Careers SOPHE provides global leadership to the profession and promotes the health of society through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in professional preparation and practice, advocacy for public policies conducive to health, and the achievement of health equity for all.
    • + Information from/about Schools of Public Health
      • ASPPH Academic Program Finder Find program offerings at schools and programs of public health. Search by areas of study, degree, institution, and distance learning opportunities.
      • Accredited Schools and Programs - Search Search U.S. Schools of Public Health and Graduate Public Health Programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
      • MPH Degree Report Report by the Framing the Future Task Force that provides a set of assertions intended to guide the purposeful transition to a 21st century model of public health education at the professional master's level.
      • Public Health Graduate Education Links to information about public health graduate education.

ASPPH Advocacy   - (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

    • + International Efforts
      • Africa Health Workforce Observatory The Africa Health Workforce Observatory promotes, develops and sustains the knowledge base for human resources for health in the African region to provide evidence for informed health policy decisions in order to strengthen health systems to provide more effective and efficient health service delivery.
      • Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) The Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) is a response to international recognition of the need for global and regional action to strengthen country planning and action on health workforce system. As of January 2007 it has 15 members including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, PNG, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are 5 priority actions for the first two years including: HRH advocacy, information monitoring, capacity strengthening, knowledge generation, and technical coordination.
      • European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.
      • Global Forum on Human Resources for Health The first Global Forum on Human Resources for Health was held in Kampala, Uganda from 2-7 March, 2008. It called for immediate and sustained action to resolve the critical shortage of health workers around the world.
      • Global Health Workforce Alliance An international task force that addresses how to finance the scaling up of the health workforce in the developing world. The group of experts focus on helping governments identify their funding needs, finding ways to make more money available and on advising countries how best to spend it.
      • Global Health Workforce Network GHWN drives forward the health workforce agenda through leveraging specific activities to which other institutions and constituencies bring expertise, mandate and funding. Its activities focus on inter-sectoral aspects (e.g. education or financing - necessary for effective delivery) and on the human resources for health information and evidence agenda (in recognition of the current fragmentation of initiatives and multiplicity of partners involved).
      • Health Worker Migration Policy Initiative *Archived content* The Health Worker Migration Policy Initiative is dedicated to monitoring the health worker flows and issue recommendations to WHO for an International Code of Practice.
      • Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative *Archived content* The Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI) is dedicated to keeping human resources for health at the top of the agenda at the country, regional and international level. Chaired by Eric Friedman (PHR), this initiative's purpose is to make the case for the policies and sustained investments necessary to develop and empower a health workforce capable of delivering on health goals.
      • Scaling up Education & Training Task Force The Scaling up Education & Training Task Force is a technical working group that is looking at finding evidence of previous scale-up initiatives around the world and how best to replicate these examples on a larger scale.
    • + Resources for Children or Teachers
      • Career Paths to Public Health (CPP) Collection of teaching and educational resources to promote student interest in public health and epidemiology.
      • Disease Detectives Disease Detectives provides students an opportunity to hone their skills as science sleuths by learning the scientific method employed by epidemiologists-or disease detectives.
      • Public Health - Science in Action (Video) Students can learn about a wide variety of professional opportunities in the field of public health from the video, Public Health - Science in Action, produced by the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory with support from the UMPHTC.
      • Science Ambassador Fellowship The Science Ambassador fellowship invites science teachers from middle and high schools nationwide to compete for the chance to collaborate with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists on epidemiologic-based lesson plans. Together, CDC and science teachers craft relevant and up-to-date lessons that engage students by bringing discussions and activities regarding real public health problems into the classroom. By introducing students to public health at a young age, science teachers are able to nurture and foster future public health professionals.
      • Solve The Outbreak App to learn about becoming a Disease Detective. The tool can be used to introduce the concepts of epidemiology and the work of epidemiologists to investigate diseases.
      • Youth Health Service Corps The Youth Health Service Corps is an award winning health career recruitment program that trains and places diverse high school students as volunteers in health care agencies.

ASTHO ROI Tool   - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Profile-IQ   - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))