This self-paced training covers the basics of developing an advocacy communications strategy and provides some practical opportunities to develop and deploy a strategy of your own. It features a number of interactive exercises, as well as a podcast component focused on the concepts of policy surveillance and legal epidemiology and tools to incorporate them into your work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define policy, systems, and environmental change and the six phases to achievement
  • Identify steps needed to develop a policy/advocacy communications and engagement strategy
  • Recognize the possible roles of individuals, organizations, and coalitions in public health policy/advocacy communications and engagement strategy
  • Practice developing an advocacy communication plan

This self-paced course aims to equip participants with resources and tools to effectively recognize, discuss, and implement systems thinking approaches to dynamic problems. Through analysis and hands-on application, participants will be introduced to several models and theories which can be utilized in many levels of public health.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize core concepts of a systems thinking approach
  • Examine the application of systems thinking to public health issues
  • Map and measure relationships through a social network analysis
  • Discuss complex issues using systems dynamics and feedback loops

This is course 7 of the Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series. It is meant to stand alone, but learners may also take it together with courses in the series to receive a certificate in Evidence-Based Public Health.

Economic factors can play an important role in decision-making on public health interventions. This course will show you how to apply economic evaluation to public health decisions. 

This course offers academically focused definitions of health equity and related terms. Pre- and post- learning assessments can help the learner gauge level of learning. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the differences between types of economic evaluations most often used in public health
  • Define key terms used in economic evaluations
  • Describe the steps involved in conducting an economic evaluation

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.

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.

Systems thinking provides a framework for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of complex problems. This innovative approach minimizes responding to problem symptoms and the associated unintended consequences of quick fixes. This foundations training will provide an overview of key concepts and specific tools for use with a systems thinking approach.

Cited work reviewed in the training is globally recognized. Learners can expect to participate in learning examples, case studies, and interactive activities. Public Health Training Center staff may find this training particularly useful in the grant process. 

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.


Being able to lead others—to motivate them and commit their energies and expertise to achieving the shared mission and goals of the emergency management system—is a necessary and vital part of every emergency manager’s, planner’s, and responder’s job.

The goal of this course is to improve your leadership and influence skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain what leadership means for emergency personnel.
  • Explain why effective leadership begins with personal insight and development.
  • Identify your leadership capabilities and areas for personal development.
  • Describe a change management model and the process for planning, communicating, and implementing change.
  • Describe how to build and rebuild trust in an organization.
  • Use personal influence and develop political savvy to network and influence people effectively.
  • Develop strategies for creating a positive work environment that fosters leadership and a commitment to continuous improvement in others.