Evidence-Based Public Health - Spring 2019


3/12/2019 – 5/21/2019



Primary Competency

Public Health Sciences Skills

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is offering an opportunity for public health professionals from around the country to participate in a unique, online training series, which covers core concepts like: defining public health issues, conducting community assessments, prioritizing options, and evaluating program and policy impacts. Read more about the topics.

Participants will watch recorded lectures and complete homework assignments and then attend online live learning sessions. A facilitator will lead guided discussions and activities related to the online content with the cohort of participants.  A topic expert will also be on hand to answer questions and engage in the discussion. These sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to connect evidence-based decision making concepts to their daily work.

This online course uses a flipped classroom approach. This gives you the opportunity to work through course content on your own time prior to connecting with a small group of peers during a live learning session. All from the convenience of your home or office.

Live Learning Sessions @12p on Tuesdays (participants should plan to attend all sessions)

  • Course opens: March 12, 2019 

  • 1 - Introduction - March 26, 12:00pm-1:30pm MT Session 1.5 hours 

  • 2- Community Assessment - April 2, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 3- Quantifying the Issue - April 9, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 4- Initial Statement - April 16, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 5- Searching and Summarizing the Literature - April 23, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 6- Prioritization - April 30, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 7- Action Planning - May 7, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 8- Economic Evaluation - May 14, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

  • 9- Evaluation - May 21, 12:00- 1:00pm MT

Learning Objectives

After completing the assignments and attending the live sessions of the EBPH online course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts and the value of evidence-based decision making
  • Define the components of a community assessment and identify the types of data for assessing the needs and assets of the population/community of interest
  • Develop a concise written statement of the public/community health problem, issue or policy under consideration in a measurable manner
  • Find and use various data sources for public health practice
  • Describe and locate resources that assist in searching and summarizing the scientific literature
  • Identify and practice methods for prioritizing program and policy options
  • Identify and discuss the importance of key characteristics of planning and logic models
  • Describe the steps involved in conducting an economic evaluation
  • Discuss the concepts of measurement validity and reliability
Length of Learning Opportunity
1.5 hour introductory live learning session + 8 one-hour live learning sessions = 9.5 hours
Registration Information

Click on the green "Register Now" button at the top left of this page. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register. Registration is limited to individuals from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming. Please email info.rmphtc@ucdenver.edu with registration questions.

Course Preview

In this course, you will:

  • Learn content through recorded lectures by SMEs and readings and complete activities (for example: discussions and practice exercises) in which you utilize the content that you watched or read.
  • Solidify your learning through scheduled, facilitated discussions with subject matter experts and your peers, held via bidirectional video. Ask questions; share your knowledge and experience; and learn from others.
  • Continue to enjoy access to the online content and resources indefinitely after the end of the course.
  • Be invited to join the EBPH LinkedIn group.

What to expect as a participant:

  • This course will require the following time commitment: 9 one-hour Live Learning Sessions and approximately one hour of preparation work prior to each session, for a total of 18 hours. Preparation will include watching recorded presentations and completing a few exercises prior to the live sessions.
  • You will be sent an invitation to the Learning Management System (Canvas) approximately 2 weeks before the first Live Learning Session. You will need to sign in, do some activities and make sure that you know how to connect to the Live Learning Session (Don’t worry about the technology! We have staff to help you. You’ll receive all the information you need once you log in.)
  • You will need to join the Live Learning Sessions (check your calendar to make sure you’re available) via video (an external webcam or a built-in camera in your laptop, tablet, or smart phone).  Our staff can help you get set up if this is new for you.

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