A well-written statement of the issue that you are considering can help you achieve your prevention goals and influence your public health interventions. This 45-minute module will show you how to develop a concise statement about a public health problem, issue, or policy.

This is module 4 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

  • Define a criterion for the components of a sound problem statement
  • Develop a concise written statement of the public/community health problem, issue, or policy under consideration in a measurable way

Intended Audience

State, local, and tribal public health professionals and students


Indira Gujral PhD, MS, Boulder County 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 NWCPHP, 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.

A facilitated version of this training is available through the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center.

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

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February 10, 2017
Program Planning & Evaluation
Self-Paced Course
45 minutes
Evidence-Based Public Health
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills