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“Public Health Assessment Overview 3 – Evaluating Health Effects Data and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations” is the third of a series of 3 online learning courses for public health professionals and trainees. The courses provide a detailed summary of the public health assessment process. This is the process the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) uses to evaluate whether people could be harmed by hazardous materials.

The current course, “Public Health Assessment Overview 3 – Evaluating Health Effects Data, and Determining Conclusions and Recommendations” is a follow-up to the previous module on exposure pathways and a continuation of the health evaluation. The final part of this module explains the process by which ATSDR develops health conclusions about the site, and the types of recommendations and health actions it may conduct. The course concludes with a discussion of the types of documents health assessors may use to report the results of the investigation.

If you are interested in receiving Continuing Education Credits or a completion certificate for this educational activity, you must register through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at and complete the post-test and evaluation after you take the course.

Use the links on the left to view the course description

  • view the course goals and learning objectives,
  • view the course outline,
  • register to receive Continuing Education credits,
  • view additional information about this course, or
  • begin the course.

Please note that all of the material in the course, including the material accessed through the icons, the interactive exercises and the advanced exercises will be included on the post-test.

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ATSDR Mission

The mission of ATSDR is to serve the public through responsive public health actions, to promote healthy and safe environments, and prevent harmful exposures.