Continuing Education Module 7 – Health Effects Evaluation

Public Health Assessment Training

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Program Description:
The Public Health Assessment Training (PHAT) online modules are designed to increase knowledge and change competency of environmental health practices and strategies. The content of the modules is derived from the method used by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is known as the public health assessment (PHA), to evaluate exposure to hazardous substances.

Module 7: Health Effects Evaluation is the seventh PHAT module. It explains how to perform a health effects evaluation as part of ATSDR PHA process. It illustrates the steps of the health effects evaluation using a case study exercise and teaches how to closely examine potential contaminants of concern for chemical exposure pathways.

At the conclusion of Module 7: Health Effects Evaluation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of the health effects evaluation in the PHA process.
  2. Define key terms related to the health effects evaluation.
  3. Describe how to conduct each step of the health effects evaluation.
  4. Perform a health effects evaluation for an environmental case study.


  • Liz Bertelsen, MPH, Senior Scientist, Eastern Research Group, Inc.
  • Danielle Langmann, BS MS, Environmental Health Scientist, ATSDR
  • Karen Scruton, BS MS, Environmental Health Scientist, ATSDR

Origination Date: May 14, 2021
Renewal Date: May 15, 2023
Expiration Date: May 15, 2025

Hardware/Software: Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser, Word, Adobe

Materials: None

Target Audience:
Public health professionals involved or interested in the PHA process, including Environmental Health Specialists, Toxicologists, Epidemiologists, Medical Officers, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Community Involvement Specialists, Health Communicators, and Program Managers.

Prerequisites: None

Format: These modules are online, asynchronous, and self-paced.

Contact Information:
Sandra M. López-Carreras BS MS,, 770-488-0663

Accreditation Statements:
CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEU’s for this program.

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CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WB4466R – Public Health Assessment Training: Module 7: Health Effects Evaluation please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before 05/15/2025. Use the “WB4466R” course number to search for this course.

Complete the activity
Complete the Evaluation at
Pass the posttest at 70% at


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