Public health data are used to measure and describe disease in a population. In this 1-hour module, you will learn about a variety of public health data sources and find out how to search for and interpret relevant data.

This is module 3 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

  • Describe the principles of descriptive epidemiology and surveillance to better measure outcomes in the community
  • Find and use various data sources for public health practice

Intended Audience

State, local, and tribal public health professionals and students


Alison Grace Bui, MPH, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


This course will take one hour 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
1 hour
Evidence-Based Public Health
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Public Health Sciences Skills