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Public Health Courses

Public health nurse (PHN) and public health professional courses provided here are suggested trainings to help broaden the understanding of the public health system. Additional training opportunities are available on the Training for Public Health Employees in Wisconsin page.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

The Training for Public Health Employees in Wisconsin page offers training materials and recordings that are intended for state, regional, and local public health employees.

New to Public Health Residency Program (UW-Madison)

The New to Public Health Residency Program is a first of its kind program designed to support early career public health professionals working in a governmental public health organization. As a resident, you will learn about the foundational areas and capabilities essential to public health practice as you complete a series of monthly learning activities to build competence and confidence as you transition to your exciting new role in public health.

There is a fee associated with the program. The fee covers:

  • 12 program sessions, including orientation
  • Approximately 120 hours of professional development activities
  • 77 eligible continuing education contact hours (ANCC, CHES/MCHES, or a general healthcare credit)
  • Individually matching residents with a mentor group based on resident-specific interests and experiences

TRAIN Wisconsin

TRAIN is a national learning network that provides thousands of quality training opportunities to more than 2 million professionals who protect and improve the public’s health. To access the training content, you will first need to create a free account, Registration - TRAIN Learning Network - powered by the Public Health Foundation.

Trainings of interest may include:

  • Introduction to Public Health Surveillance provides surveillance concepts and principles for public health workers who have little or no prior training in epidemiology.
  • Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Training Plan provides a series of trainings that can help you tackle these important factors that impact health. It includes topics such as health equity, health disparities, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Other key word searches include Center for Public Health Continuing Education, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Region V Public Health Training Center

The Region V Public Health Training Center (RVPHTC) seeks to advance the skills of the current and future public health workforce to improve population health outcomes. Part of the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN), the RVPHTC develops online and in-person trainings on a variety of public health topics.

National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center

The National MCH Workforce Development Center helps state and territorial Title V leaders, and their partners tackle complex challenges through training, collaborative learning, coaching, and consultation.

Center for Public Health Continuing Education

The Center for Public Health Continuing Education offers an online Public Health Foundations Certificate curriculum that focuses to provide learners a basic knowledge and principles of public health. The curriculum has nine different topic areas including an Orientation to Public Health that provides learners with a basic understanding of the 10 essential public health services utilizing real public health scenarios.

CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Public Health 101 Series

The Public Health 101 series introduces public health and covers the sciences essential to public health practice. The fundamental scientific components span topics in epidemiology, public health informatics and surveillance, health economics, public health laboratory science, and other related fields.

This series is designed for:

  • Public health professional who have not had formal training in a particular core area or who would like a refresher
  • Persons new to public health
  • Public health educators and instructors
  • Persons interested in pursuing public health careers

Learn more and access the links to the trainings here Public Health 101 Series | CDC.

Immunization trainings

All trainings are based on vaccine recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Learn more about the available course here Vaccine Education and Training for Healthcare Professionals | CDC.

Examples of trainings include:

  • CDC Pink Book Series one-hour webinars that explore the chapters of the ‘Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Disease’ book.
  • You Call The Shots: Series of modules that explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use that include self-test practice questions.
Last revised August 11, 2023