CDDF Cohort Courses and Leadership Programs

Online Cohort Courses and Virtual Leadership Programs


Virtual Programs, including online cohort courses, for Chronic Disease Directors and identified emerging leader chronic disease unit staff are designed to build leadership and management capacity and chronic disease competencies. The courses, in particular, have repeat offerings several times each year.


New Chronic Disease Directors Orientation and Leadership Network

A four-week online cohort orientation course to facilitate newly hired Chronic Disease Directors’ learning and skill acquisition on a wide range of topics and enhance effective public health leadership. The course networks new Chronic Disease Directors with each other and with Directors having longer tenures, and it links participants to information, technical assistance, and resources available at the national level.

Cohort Courses for Emerging Leaders

Online cohort courses incorporate theoretical and evidence-based literature with current public health and health-specific examples and cases. They feature guest speakers and promote active peer-to-peer interaction through use of hands-on activities and discussion forums, for example.

Foundations of Public Health Leadership
A cohort course of six modules that provides an overview of leadership practices and applies leadership science to the field of public health.

Strategic Leadership in Public Health
A cohort course of six modules that provides an overview of strategic leadership within an emphasis on systems change within the context of a public health state agency.

Here are a few quotes from former program participants that help describe their experiences:

  • “Enter this course with an open mind. You will find new ways to lead within the public health arena…”
  • “This was a great way to quickly learn more about different leadership styles, strategies and conflict resolution.”
  • “Open discussions allow you to see what systems and ideas other people have, and it was a great place to begin learning.”
  • “I loved hearing from the guest speakers, resources provided each week, and the feedback from course facilitator.”


Additional Virtual Programs

Chronic Disease Director & Emerging Leader Coaching Program
A six-month program, which engages paired coaches and new Chronic Disease Directors / emerging leaders, to build leadership capacity in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Through one-on-one interactions with an experienced Chronic Disease Director, new Chronic Disease Directors / emerging leaders receive practical advice, guidance, and support for further development of their leadership competencies.

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