Evidence Based Public Health Training

Evidence based public health is “the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health through application of principles of scientific reasoning.” The process involves integrating science-based interventions with community preferences to improve the health of populations. For more information on Evidence-based Public Health, see
Kohatsu, et al. Am J Prev Med 2004:27(5)
Brownson et al. Evidence-Based Public Health, 3rd Ed. (2017) Oxford University Press.

The EBPH Course in Chronic Disease Prevention

With support from NACDD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis offers a 3.5-day course that focuses on nine specific content areas to improve public health practice (see Figure). These skills act as a framework for the course. The EBPH training addresses many of the core competencies for public health professionals adopted by various accrediting bodies. Through lectures, practice exercises, and case studies, the course takes a “hands-on” approach and emphasizes information that is readily available to busy practitioners.

A thumbnail of the evidence-based public health framework cycle.

St. Louis Training Course:

Twice a year, the course is offered at Washington University in St. Louis. NACDD provides travel funds for practitioner teams and interested individuals from state chronic disease prevention and health promotion units to attend. For more information about dates and applying, please contact Carol Brownson.

State-based Training Course:

NACDD also supports state-based trainings each year. States can apply to bring the training team on site (see sample amplication form). The goal is to build capacity within state public health agencies by training staff and future trainers who will replicate EBPH training within their states. To learn more about the state-based training and application process, please contact Carol Brownson.

For more detailed information about course replication using your state’s team, see the State-Based Train-the-Trainer Course Planning Guide.