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Evidence-Based Public Health Overview

This course, which is part of the Evidence-Based Public Health series, provides an overview of the use of evidence in public health decision-making.

Quick Facts

Topics: Program Planning & Evaluation

Format: Online course

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: Free

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This module provides an introduction to key concepts for evidence-based public health. It offers an overview of the importance of evidence-based public health and its applications in disease prevention and health promotion.

This is module 1 of the Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series. It is meant to stand alone, but you may also take it together with the other modules in this series to receive a certificate in Evidence-Based Public Health.

Learning Objectives

  • List three types of evidence that may be used to set priorities in public health
  • List two key sources of evidence
  • Describe the barriers to evidence-based decision making in public health

Intended Audience

State, local, and tribal public health professionals and students

Access Training

This course is available through our learning management system, PH LearnLink.

Quick Facts

Topics: Program Planning & Evaluation

Format: Online course

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: Free

NWCPHP courses are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.


Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, University of Washington School of Public Health


This course will take 45 minutes to complete.


This course consists of instructional videos, a quiz, activities, and a guide for discussion and additional learning.


This training is being delivered in a 508-compliant interface. During development of this training, we attempted to make the content accessible to individuals using screen readers. If you encounter trouble accessing the instructional materials by screen reader, or need any other accommodations in order to access the instructional materials, please contact , and we will do our best to make sure the content is accessible to you.


This training is brought to you by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, and the Prevention and Research Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The content of this training was adapted from an in-person training course and based on the work by Ross C. Brownson, PhD.