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Ten Essential Services of Public Health in Action

What are the ten essential services of public health and how are they provided at the local level?

Boston University School of Public Health Enroll

Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Competencies: Analytical/Assessment, Communication Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice, Cultural Competency, Policy Development/Program Planning
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)


  • Surveillance of Infectious Diseases
  • Disease Case Management

About this course

Learners will investigate an infectious disease outbreak according to Massachusetts regulations and guidelines and relate investigation activities to the ten essential public health services. While the regulations and guidelines are specific to Massachusetts, the principles and key concepts can be applied in any state.

What you'll learn

After completing the training, you will be able to...

  • Describe the three LBOH responsibilities for infectious disease investigation: reporting, case investigation, controlling further spread of infectious diseases
  • Classify disease investigation activities into one of the ten essential public health services
  • Give examples of partners that are necessary to perform the ten essential services of public health
  • Summarize the signs and symptoms of a specific pathogen

Subject Matter Experts

  • Anne Fidler, ScD
    Assistant Dean and Professor,
    Boston University 
    School of Public Health

  • Kathleen MacVarish, MS
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    Director of Practice Programs 
    at the Activist Lab 
    Boston University 
    School of Public Health

Enrollment and Contact Hours

Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

Enrollment Options Key
For a Certificate of Completion
To Audit (No Certificate)

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Self enrollment (Student)