Foundations for Local Public Health Practice

Learn how to appropriately provide the ten essential public health services according to local and state laws, regulations, and policies.

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Course Information

  • Audience: Public health professionals new to the field as well as professionals with experience who have an interest in advancing their knowledge and skills
  • Format: Blended
  • Start Date: Week of June 5th, 2017
  • Price: $100 for members of MHOA, MEHA or MAPHN, $150 for non-members * [download the application form (pdf)]
  • Contact hours: 20
  • Length: 22 weeks
  • Effort: 2-6 hours per week
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Course Overview (PDF)

Pre-requisites

  • Written supervisor approval

* Please note, no one will be denied entrance to the course due to inability to pay. If there is an issues with the cost, please email lphi@bu.edu to discuss a possible waiver of fee.

About this Course

This course offers a cross-disciplinary approach to local public health practice in Massachusetts and is based on the three core functions and ten essential public health services. It incorporates the US Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives.

The course goal is for Massachusetts public health workers charged with carrying out routine and emergency environmental and population-focused health functions to appropriately provide the ten essential public health services according to local and state laws, regulations, and policies.

Course participants may be Massachusetts local or state public health agency:

  • Staff

    Includes Agents, Directors, Emergency Preparedness Coordinators and Planners, Environmental Health Sanitarians or Specialists, Health Inspectors, Health Officers, Sanitarians and Public Health Nurses

  • Governing Bodies

    Includes Board of Health members -elected or appointed and Commissioners

  • Consultants

    Working for state or local public health agencies

The course is appropriate for professionals new to the field as well as for professionals with experience who have an interest in advancing their knowledge and skills.

Participation in the course requires:

  1. Written supervisor approval
  2. Two to six hours of work per week (multiple break weeks are built in)
    1. Attendance at all live lessons (classes and webinars)
    2. Completion of self-paced E-Learnings
    3. Completion of individual assignments
  3. Successful completion of the course requires ALL assignments be completed and ALL live sessions attended

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and 20 continuing education credits. Self-paced trainings completed as part of the course offer additional certificates and credits.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the ten essential public health services in local practice
  • Employ cross disciplinary partnerships
  • Perform routine and emergency environmental and population-focused health functions according to local and state laws, regulations, and policies

This is a blended course and each weekly session will include live lessons (classroom or webinar) or self-paced E-Learnings. Lessons are taught by instructors who are subject matter experts in their field of study. Lessons include optional resources for participants to learn more about each topic.

All course materials will be posted on the New England Public Health Training Center learning management system.

Meet the Course Manager

Sponsors

  • Boston University School of Public Health, Activist Lab
  • Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Additional Funding Provided By:

  • Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Environmental Health Association
  • Massachusetts Health Officers Association

Enrollment and Contact Hours

Note that you must first register for this course by completing a registration form (PDF). Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an enrollment key to access the course.

Trouble accessing the course or other course-related questions? Contact Seth Eckhouse at seckhous@bu.edu.


Enrollment will not become active until registration is completed.  You will be notified by email with the self-enrollment key.

Course Information

  • Audience: Community health center personnel who have a direct role in emergency preparedness planning and response, as well as key decision-making staff such as executive directors, operations managers, office managers and facility staff.
  • Format: Blended
  • Price: Free
  • Start Date: January 17, 2017
  • End Date: February 14, 2017
  • Length: Two 90 minute webinars with a one-month team project period in between webinars
  • Competencies: Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, Domain 3: Plan for and Improve Practice
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Course Summary (PDF)

Pre-requisites

About this course

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and hands-on planning experience incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) into your Center’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and customizing ICS tools for your Center’s use. The training will consist of two 90 minute webinars with a team project in between. Webinar #1 will provide an understanding of key incident management concepts for FQHCs, based on the Healthcare Incident Command System (HICS) model, including how it is incorporated into the EOP. Following the webinar, participants will update their Center’s EOP as a team and customize standard HICS tools for their center. Technical assistance will be available to Center teams as requested during the 4-week period between the two webinars. On webinar #2, participants will share their accomplishments and challenges updating their plans and tools followed by a presentation on how to draft and execute a workplace exercise to test their organization’s utilization of HICS.

This training is a collaboration between NEPHTC, the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

What you'll learn

This course provides practical knowledge on how to apply basic HICS principals and concepts in the Community Health Center environment. Successful participants will improve their ability to apply HICS by updating ICS aspects of their EOP and customizing ICS tools for their centers. The training is appropriate for individuals with all levels of experience with emergency operations planning.

After completing this course, you will be able to...

  • Discuss the importance and purpose of utilizing HICS to manage the response to an incident.
  • Discuss how HICS is incorporated into the organizational Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
  • Describe the primary functions and management principles of HICS.
  • Recognize the key HICS tools and forms used in incident management.
  • Update the organizational EOP to enhance the use of HICS when the plan is activated
  • Select HICS tools and forms to be used within the organization and adapt them as necessary.
  • Provide examples of common challenges updating an organizational EOP and associated HICS tools.
  • Identify initial steps to draft an exercise to test the use of HICS in a simulated EOP activation.
  • Locate resources to support the design and execution of an exercise.
  • Summarize course key concepts

Instructors

Enrollment and Completion

To enroll in this course, please select the Enroll Me button below. Note that centers are strongly encouraged to register as teams of 2 to 5 staff from each Center.

This course is designed for Community Health Center staff. Participants must attend both webinars and participate in the team project in order to receive a NEPHTC Certificate of Completion. Any questions about the program or enrollment can be directed to Kathi Traugh at kathi.traugh@yale.edu or by calling 203-785-2868.

Managing Effectively in Today's Public Health Environment

How can you recruit, hire, and coach competent employees while also managing your budget? Learn how to manage all aspects of public health organizations.

Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center

Course Information

  • Audience: Heads of local or regional health departments and managers or directors in city or state public health agencies in Massachusetts
  • Format: Blended
  • Start Date: November 29, 2016
  • Price: $30 [See Registration Flyer (PDF)]
  • Contact hours: 25
  • Length: 18 weeks
  • Effort: 3-5 hours per week
  • Competencies: Financial Planning and Management
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Course Overview (PDF),
    Syllabus (PDF)

Pre-requisites

  • Written supervisor approval

About this Course

This course is designed to strengthen the management skills of the current or future heads of local or regional health departments and managers or directors in city or state public health agencies in Massachusetts.

This is a team-based course taught in a blended format over four months. Once enrolled, you will be placed in a team and each team will be assigned a mentor. Your mentor will be an experienced public health professional who will guide your team discussion assignments.

At the conclusion of the course a graduation ceremony will be held. A certificate of completion and 25 contact hours will be issued once you submit the final post test and course evaluation. Self-paced modules that you completed as part of the course offer additional certificates and credits.

What you'll learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the need and urgency to manage differently in today’s environment
  • Describe new information, tools, and resources to help manage more effectively
  • Demonstrate enhanced skills to better manage all aspects of public health organizations

Each week’s lesson(s) will have specific learning objectives that are connected directly to the assignments and team discussions. Lessons include optional resources for you to learn more about each topic and have instructors who are subject matter experts in their field of study.

Enrollment and Contact Hours

Note that you must first register for this course by completing a registration form (PDF). Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an enrollment key to access the course.

Once the final post-test and course evaluation are submitted, participants will receive a certificate of completion and 25 contact hours. Self-paced trainings completed as part of the course may offer additional certificates and credits.

Trouble accessing the course or other course-related questions? Contact Seth Eckhouse at seckhous@bu.edu.

Massachusetts Public Health Inspector Training: Housing

How do public health and housing officials comprehensively and uniformly enforce housing-related laws and regulations in Massachusetts? Learn how to enforce State Sanitary Codes 105 CMR 400.000 and 410.000 in this blended course.

Massachusetts public health inspector training: housing

Course Information

  • Audience: Inspectors from municipal and state agencies charged with enforcement of housing- related laws and regulations and laws as well as attorneys, court personnel, and others who work on housing-related matters.
  • Format: Blended
  • Start Date: May 2018
    (See syllabus for key dates)
  • Price: $100
  • Contact hours: Online learning: 10 contact hours for RS and CHO and 8 for RN; Classroom: 21 contact hours for RS and CHO
  • Length: Generally takes six to twelve months to complete, with a two year maximum.
  • Competencies: Housing, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Syllabus 2017 (PDF)

Pre-requisites

About this Course

This course is designed to train public health and housing officials to comprehensively and uniformly enforce housing-related laws and regulations, including State Sanitary Codes (SSC) 105 CMR 400.000: General Administrative Procedures and 410.000: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation, which we will refer to as 400 and 410, respectively.

At the conclusion of the course, a Certificate of Completion will be provided to all learners who successfully complete the 5 course elements listed below. A certificate of completion and 25 contact hours will be issued once you submit the final post test and course evaluation. Self-paced modules that you completed as part of the course offer additional certificates and credits.

Course Elements consist of the following:

  1. Pre-Classroom Assignments (include prerequisite online trainings and a pre-test)
  2. Classroom Training (3 days)
  3. Virtual House Inspection
  4. Supervised Field Training (minimum of 5)
  5. Online Final Assessment

What you'll learn

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Inspect various types of housing to protect the health, safety, and well-being of occupants and the general public, in accordance with state laws and regulations
  • Conduct appropriate enforcement procedures until compliance with regulatory standards is achieved

Meet the Primary Instructors


  • Paul Halfmann,
    Assistant Director of Community Sanitation Program
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Amy Riordian,
    Environmental Analyst
    MDPH Community Sanitation Program

Enrollment and Contact Hours

The December 2017 class is full. For those already registered, you will receive an enrollment key in September to access the course. 

If you would like to get on the waiting list for the May 2018 class, please contact Ruth-Ellen at resandler@metrocast.net

Enter the enrollment key provided in the field below and then select Enroll me.

Trouble accessing the course or other course-related questions? Contact Seth Eckhouse at seckhous@bu.edu.

Course Information

  • Audience: ESHS Evaluation Team Nurse Leaders
  • Format: Blended (online and monthly in-person sessions)
  • Price: N/A
  • Length: 8 monthly sessions
  • Contact hours: 16 in-person
  • Competencies: Research design and conduct
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: n/a

Pre-requisites

  • n/a

About this course

As school health infrastructure grows and matures, there is a need for advancing evidence-based practices (EBP). EBP integrates the best available evidence to guide nursing care and improve patient outcomes; this method allows the practitioner to assess research, clinical guidelines, and other information resources based on high quality findings and apply results to practice. Central to EBP is quantitative research methods.

This course will focus on the basics of quantitative research methods spanning from research theory and design to statistical analysis and interpreting results for conducting high-quality research. Course competencies will be developed through the use of applied activities, both in class and through assigned homework, which will enable students to learn key concepts by applying them directly to a research project. Aspects of the research process such as drafting a research question, identifying sources of data, measuring associations, and disseminating findings via publications will be used as part of the course activities.

Quantitative Research Methods has been designed for all levels and will be conducted over eight, two-hour sessions. This course will count for 14 hours of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit; homework is optional and will not count toward CNE credits.

Meet the Instructors


Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org