Evidence Based Public Health (EBPH) Training

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 an Evidence-based Public Health (EBPH) course to the membership of NACDD. The training focuses on nine specific content areas to improve public health practice (see figure below). 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 presentations, practice exercises, and case studies, the course emphasizes application of skills and helps participants make use of information that is readily available to busy practitioners.

EBPH skills

Training Course for Teams and Individuals:

When offered in person, EBPH training is hosted at Washington University in St. Louis over 3-and-a-half consecutive days. NACDD provides travel funds for practitioner teams and interested individuals from state chronic disease prevention and health promotion units to attend. Beginning in 2021, training is being offered online via Zoom sessions with the training team. Each of the 10 modules is covered in a 2-hour session, once per week, over a 10-week period.

Chronic disease directors are invited to enroll teams of up to five chronic disease prevention/ health promotion practitioners. For more information about the training, dates, and enrollment, please contact

State-Specific Training Course:

NACDD also supports state-based trainings each year. States apply to bring the training team on-site, if possible, or to have state-specific virtual training (see sample application form). The goal is to build capacity within a state public health agency by training multiple staff and future trainers who will replicate EBPH training within their state. Materials and technical assistance for replication are provided by the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis. To learn more about the state-based training and application process, please contact

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