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Regional Public Health Programs Work Together

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) is working with four university-based public health programs to improve public health workforce training in the Northwest.
Regional Public Health Programs Work Together

Professionals engage in a regional offering of "National Healthy Homes Training Center & Network."

October 21, 2010

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) is working with four university-based public health programs to improve public health workforce training in the Northwest. While it isn’t unique for public health schools and programs to offer this training, it is unusual for these schools and programs to work together to provide this training.

"This is an incredible opportunity to facilitate regional discussion and collaboration," said Luann D'Ambrosio, Assistant Director at NWCPHP. "We're looking forward to learning from each other and providing better access to diverse workforce development resources."

There are four accredited public health programs within the region in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. Each program brings unique strengths to the discussion of how to meet the training needs of public health professionals. These strengths come from these programs’ experience with providing training to graduate students.

The program at the University of Alaska Anchorage is almost entirely distance-delivered and has a focus on northern and circumpolar health. The Idaho State University program offers classes in three formats: in-person, online streaming classes (similar to web conferencing), and self-administered web-based classes. The University of Montana program focuses on the intersection of rural and global health and is the newest of the group. Its first students were admitted in the fall of 2006. The Oregon MPH program is a collaboration among Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, and Portland State University and is the largest of the programs with more than 300 enrolled students, eight MPH tracks, and a graduate certificate in public health.

NWCPHP and these four programs have signed memoranda of understanding to embark on five areas of interest: facilitating regional discussion, collaborating on workforce training, developing new online resources and making the best use of existing ones, publicizing workforce development opportunities, and working together on student practica and internships.

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