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NWCPHP works with public health colleagues in Montana to design and implement training activities, workforce development strategies, and public health education and training.

NWCPHP works actively with public health colleagues in Montana to design and implement specific training activities, assist in the development of a statewide workforce development strategy, and support efforts to build greater capacity for public health education and training.

MontanaRecent activities include:

About Montana's Public Health System

Montana provides public health services through local and state public health agencies, seven tribal health organizations and Indian Health Services, and privately funded organizations. The state has 52 local health departments in its 56 counties. Seven of these serve the major population centers.

These local departments may or may not have local boards of health. They work closely with the State Department of Public Health and Human Services, which employs about 150 full-time equivalent employees. At least four counties with no health departments either contract with adjoining counties for public health services or make other arrangements to have coverage.

Most local health departments in Montana serve areas with populations of fewer than 10,000 people. Geographic distances, weather, terrain, and limited staff in small agencies carrying out multiple roles and functions, create significant challenges in delivering public health services and coordinating workforce development activities.

The University of Montana School of Public and Community Health Sciences has one of four public health programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in our six state region, offering Master of Public Health degrees and training to current public health workers.

The total population of Montana is about 967,000 people. According to the 2008 census estimate, a little over 6 percent of Montana’s population identifies as American Indian or Alaska Native. Montana averages approximately 6 people per square mile.