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Foundations of Public Health Practice is a Course

Foundations of Public Health Practice

Started Jun 9, 2019


Full course description

Note: Course content is available for free and continuing education credits are available for $12. If desired, you will be asked to pay the fee upon completion of the course material.

This module was designed to address 12 foundational learning objectives of public health. The module is divided into four parts - you will hear from University of Michigan faculty as well as practitioners from the Great Lakes region about the core philosophies of public health, the importance of evidence-based practice, the various factors that influence health, and the necessity of taking an ecological perspective to population health. 


Entry-level public health professionals across disciplines including but not limited to health educators, nurses, administrators, environmental health workers, community health workers, etc. This training is also suitable for public health graduate students. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain public health history, philosophy and values.
  • Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services.
  • Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health.
  • List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US.
  • Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  • Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.
  • Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health.
  • Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health.
  • Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health.
  • Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.
  • Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease.
  • Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health.

Continuing Education Credit

4.0 CHES Category I CECH  

Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


This training was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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