Today’s public health professionals must be able to strategically consider research results, political interests, and community requests when leading program and policy work. The evidence-based public health framework is an effective model for this type of decision-making.

The Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series consists of nine modules that cover core concepts, such as defining public health issues, conducting community assessments, prioritizing options, and evaluating program and policy impacts. You may take each of the modules individually and receive a certificate for each one. If you choose to complete all nine modules, you will also receive a certificate for the series as a whole.

Each module consists of several videos, followed by a short quiz. You must watch the videos and take the quiz in order to pass the module. To aid in your understanding, optional activities and questions for reflection or discussion are also included with each module. You may discuss these questions in a forum with other module participants or with peers or colleagues, or you may reflect on them individually.

More information about the modules in this series can be found by selecting one of the titles below.

Module 1: Evidence-Based Public Health Overview
Module 2: Community Assessment
Module 3: Quantifying the Issue
Module 4: Developing a Concise Statement of the Issue
Module 5: Searching and Summarizing the Literature
Module 6: Developing and Prioritizing Program and Policy Options
Module 7: Economic Evaluation
Module 8: Developing an Action Plan
Module 9: Evaluation

Intended Audience

State, local, and tribal public health professionals and students


  • Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Holly Wolf, PhD, MSPH, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Alison Grace Bui, MPH, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Indira Gujral, MS, PhD, Boulder County Public Health
  • Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH, University of Iowa College of Public Health
  • Colleen Kapsimalis, MPH, CPH, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Carsten Baumann, MA, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Laurie Schneider MPH, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Peggy Hannon, PhD, University of Washington School of Public Health


The entire nine-part series will take 10 hours to complete.


The courses within this series contain instructional videos, quizzes, activities, and discussion questions.


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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