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Course Details

Course Number: WB1694

Course Title: Public Health Assessment Overview 1 -
                      Mission and Community

Format: Web-Based Training Module

Enduring Material Renewal Date: 04/22/2010

Expiration Date: 04/22/2012

Presented by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Course Description:

This course is to instruct public and environmental health professionals on the basic principles of the public health assessment process and the role of ATSDR in protecting public health. In addition, it covers the importance of involving community members in the public health assessment process and describes methods to facilitate two-way communication.

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, participants will be able to

1. Describe ATSDR's role in addressing public health issues       at hazardous waste sites,
2. List the four main activities included in the public health     assessment process,
3. Discuss three types of information that could be used to     develop a site-specific communications strategy, and
4. Describe four communication methods that could be used     in communities affected by a hazardous waste site.

Target Audience:

This web-based module has been designed for public and environmental health professionals who participate in the environmental health assessment process at the local and state level. The audience includes health assessors, environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, public health advisors, health educators/communicators, community involvement specialists, physicians, nurses, program managers, and administrators.


Public Health Assessment Overview 1: Mission and Community is a basic, introductory course intended for public health professionals. No additional knowledge or skills are required beyond those required for professional credentialing.

Continuing Education:

After completing this activity, you could apply for any of the following continued education credits:

  • CMEs– Continuing Medical Education for Physicians:
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation ouncil for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Continuing Education Designated for Non-Physicians:
    Non-physicians may receive a certificate of participation.
  • CNEs– Continuing Nursing Education for Nurses:
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • This activity provides 1.4 contact hours.

  • CECH–Continuing Education Contact Hours in Health Education:
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is a designated event for the CHES to receive 1.0 Category I contact hours in health education, CDC provider number GA0082.
  • CEU– IACET Continuing Education Units:
    The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 ANSI/IACET/ CEU's for this program.

Faculty and Credentials:

  • Kris Larson, MHEd, Lead Health Education Specialist, DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert and CHES Advisor
  • Wilma López, BS, MS, Technical Information Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR– Webmaster
  • Sandra M. López-Carreras, BS, MS, Health Scientist, DHAC/ATSDR– Project Manager and Subject Matter Expert
  • Lourdes Rosales-Guevara, MD, Medical Officer, DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert and CME Advisor
  • Hilda Shepeard, MBA, PhD, Branch Chief, HPCIB/DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert
  • Matthew Sones, MS, MPH, Deputy Branch Chief, HPCIB/DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert
  • María Terán-McIver, BS, MSN, Senior Program Management Officer, DHAC/ATSDR– Subject Matter Expert and CNE Advisor
  • Eastern Research Group and Oak Ridge National Laboratory/CyberScience Design: Web-Site Development


Disclosures: CDC, our planners, and our Subject Matter Experts wish to disclosure that they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters.

Presentations will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. There is no commercial support for this activity.

Contact Information:
Sandra M. López-Carreras, BS, MS


bullet Last updated: May 6, 2010 bullet ATSDR EPH Training Coordinator

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